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Diversity and Inclusion
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IUP’s students, faculty and staff members come from rural regions, urban centers, and suburban communities. They differ in race, religion, sexual orientation, and socioeconomic background. All are welcome, and all learn from each other. Around 20 percent of IUP’s student body comprises students from underrepresented groups. IUP boasts the largest percentage of international students in the entire State System of Higher Education. What those two statistics bring to the region and to all the university’s students is the benefit of being exposed to different cultures that will create the best-prepared leaders of the future.
“Imagination helped us get to where we are. But we can't rest now. There are more imaginations that need our guidance."
–Khatmeh Osseiran-Hanna,Vice President University Advancement
IUP’s diverse community provides students with the opportunity to develop an appreciation for what commonalities and differences between people might mean in their workplaces and communities. Campaign priorities to enhance diversity and inclusion efforts at IUP include the following:
Through the Multicultural Student Leadership and Engagement Center students have opportunities to hone their leadership skills as they participate in student organizations. More professional personnel, and enhanced programming budget, and the establishment of a diversity fellowship program will broaden IUP’s efforts and ensure that all of IUP’s efforts reach to best practices in creating a diverse and inclusive campus community.
IUP’s Office of International Education brings the world to IUP by easing the transition of visiting students from around the globe. It also manages international study abroad opportunities for IUP’s domestic students. Scholarships for both visiting students and traveling domestic students are a key to creating a global perspective on campus.
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