Diversity Resources

  • The Frederick Douglass Institute (FDI) at Indiana University of Pennsylvania

    Stright Hall, Room 108
    210 South Tenth Street
    Indiana, PA 15705
    Phone: 724-357-3299
    E-mail: maat@iup.edu (Dr. Veronica Watson, Director)
    Website: Douglass Institute 

    Services and Description

    • The Frederick Douglass Institute at Indiana University of Pennsylvania is an interdisciplinary, campuswide body that serves as a resource for information about advocacy on issues relating to cultural diversity at IUP. The institute will work to honor and deepen the intellectual heritage of Frederick Douglass, the former slave, distinguished orator, journalist, author, and statesman, who visited Indiana, Pennsylvania, in 1872 to give a public lecture.
    • At IUP, the Douglass Institute is primarily involved in three areas:
      1. Acting as an advisory body for issues of importance to historically underrepresented groups in higher education, particularly as they affect faculty
      2. The recruitment and retention of minority women and faculty
      3. The celebration and support of academic excellence in minority students

    Indiana Care Campaign to End Homophobia (ICC)

    Website: Indiana Cares Campaign (Indiana, PA)

    Services and Description

    • This is a local community organization that leads workshops, sponsors Indiana’s LGBT Film Festival, and advocates for LGBT issues in the region. ICC works with local and campus organization to coordinate efforts to create a gay-positive community. ICC is an alliance of LGBT/Queer and straight members of all ages and backgrounds who are committed to ending oppression and to building a LGBT-affirming community.

    IUP Center for Multicultural Student Leadership and Engagement

    Room 307 Pratt Hall
    201 Pratt Drive
    Indiana, PA 15705
    Phone: 724-357-2598
    Fax: 724-357-2351
    Website: Center for Multicultural Student Leadership and Engagement 

    Services and Description

    • The MCSLE provides inclusive student services and programs and maximizes potential collaboration between diverse student populations and recognized student organizations. The nature of the center encourages programming that is wide-ranging, capitalizes on shared resources for the benefit of serving all students, encourages mindful collaboration of the importance of inclusion in multicultural programs, and allows more purposeful planning of events through a unified calendar. 

    IUP Commission for Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender (GLBT) Issues

    Contact: Tedd Cogar, IUP LGBTQIA Advocacy
    Phone: (724) 357-1264
    E-mail: Theodore.Cogar@iup.edu
    Website: GLBT Commission 

    Services and Description

    • The Commission for Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, and Transgender Issues serves as an advisory group to the Office of Social Equity and the president. The purpose of the commission is to improve the climate for diversity within IUP and specifically to address issues affecting the welfare of gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender members of the university community

    IUP Disability Support Services

    Pratt Hall, Room 216
    201 Pratt Drive
    Indiana, PA 15705
    Tel: 724-357-4067 (Voice and TTY)
    Fax: 724-357-2889
    Website: Disability Support 

    Services and Description

    • Disability Support Services, housed within the Department of Disability Access and Advising at Indiana University of Pennsylvania, provides accommodations and services to ensure equal access to education as intended by Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the Americans with Disabilities Act for Students with disabilities, including but not limited to learning, physical, hearing, vision, or psychological disabilities.

    Services Include

    • Advocacy for equal access for persons with disabilities
    • Weekly time management and study skills for students with disabilities
    • Test proctoring and reading/scribing
    • Note takers
    • NCR paper for note taking
    • Recorded textbooks
    • Equipment Loans: tape recorders/players, talking calculator, magnifying sheets, Franklin spellers, etc.
    • Access to assistive technology (housed within Department of Disability Access and Advising and/or various computer labs on campus):
    • CCTV, Kurzweil scanned text to voice software, Magic screen enlarging software, Dragon Naturally Speaking voice to text software, etc.
    • TTY access
    • Limited Brailing of textbooks and other sighted of material
    • Liaison with faculty, Office of Vocational Rehabilitation (OVR), and Bureau of Blindness and Visual Services (BBVS), etc.
    • Early registration for students who need taped textbooks, special schedules, note takers, interpreters, or relocation of classrooms
    • General advising and counseling
    • Help in locating accessible housing
    • Library of information on disabilities and disability issues
    • Faculty and/or student workshops on disability issues within post-secondary education
    • Assistance to faculty providing accommodations

    IUP Office of International Education

    Suite B-25
    Susan Snell Delaney Hall
    Indiana, PA 15705
    Phone: 724-357-2295
    Fax: 724-357-2514
    E-mail: intl-affairs@iup.edu
    Website: International Education 

    Services and Description

    • IUP’s Office of International Education serves as an umbrella for the university’s many international initiatives, programs and events.

    IUP Office of Social Equity 

    920 Grant Street
    Suite B-17
    Susan Snell Delaney Hall
    Indiana, PA 15705
    Phone: 724-357-3402
    Fax: 724-357-3404
    E-mail: social-equity@iup.edu
    Website: Social Equity 

    Services and Description

    • The office works to assist in the creation of a campus environment that promotes diversity and values individual differences. The office is committed to assist members of the campus community to resolve concerns and complaints pertaining to employees in regard to harassment and discrimination and to accommodate employees with disabilities. We believe that diversity enriches the campus community and we strive to understand, accept and value differences respectfully.

    IUP Safe Zone

    Suites on Maple East, G-31
    901 Maple Street
    Indiana, PA 15705
    Phone: 724-357-2621
    Email Rita Drapkin, Director: rdrapkin@iup.edu
    Website: Safe Zone 

    Services and Descriptions

    • Cosponsored by the University Commission on Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, and Transgender (GLBT) Issues and the Office of Social Equity, the Safe Zone program is designed to improve visibility and support to GLBT students and employees. While other minority individuals can often identify role models and mentors, the invisibility of sexual orientation makes it very difficult for GLBT members of the IUP community to ascertain where they can safely turn for support and information.
    • The Safe Zone program provides easily recognizable individuals who are available to provide these resources. The Safe Zone symbol is a message to GLBT students and colleagues that an employee has participated in the Safe Zone training and is committed to increasing their knowledge of and sensitivity to GLBT issues. The symbol allows the campus community to identify program members and know that they can speak freely with these individuals about issues, including sexual orientation and gender identity, which may affect their academic success or job satisfaction.
    • Safe Zone members are able to provide assistance, as needed, including referrals. Since the Safe Zone program also strives to improve the campus climate for GLBT individuals, the symbol also means that Safe Zone members will challenge homophobic and heterosexist comments or behaviors in an educational and informative manner.

    IUP Women’s and Gender Studies

    Stabley Library, Room 103
    429 South 11th Street
    Indiana, PA 15705
    Phone: 724-357-4753
    Fax: 724-357-2281
    Website: Women’s and Gender Studies 

    Services and Description

    • The Women’s and Gender Studies Program at IUP is committed to the preservation, expansion, and transmission of knowledge about women and gender. The program is committed to offering quality undergraduate courses, to offering a minor course of study, and to working towards gender balance in Liberal Studies and across the curriculum.

    Latino Student Organization (LASO)

    E-mail: iuplaso@yahoo.com
    Website: Latino Student Organization 

    Services and Description

    • The Latino Student Organization promotes the Spanish-speaking world on the IUP campus as well as in the Indiana County Community by sponsoring or participating in various activities throughout the semester. Some of these activities may include but are not limited to Fiesta Latina, an annual gathering held in the spring that is open to the public; Hispanic Films; and biweekly meetings.
    • LASO invites students of every heritage, religion, and language to participate in our organization and our programs. Our meetings are run in English, and Spanish is spoken if a translation is needed.

    National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP)

    Indiana County:
    2549 Oakland Ave.
    Indiana, PA 15701
    Phone:  724-463-0631

    IUP Chapter:
    Hadley Union Building #221
    Phone: 724-357-2727
    National Website: National Association for the Advancement of Colored People 

    Services and Description

    • To improve the political, educational, social, and economic status of minority groups: to eliminate racial prejudice; to keep the public aware of the adverse affects of racial discrimination; and to take all lawful action to secure its elimination, consistent with the efforts of the national organization.

    Native American Awareness Council

    Contact: Abigail Adams, Anthropology Department
    Phone: 724-357-3935
    E-mail: aadams@iup.edu
    Website: Native American Awareness Council 

    Services and Description

    • The Native American Awareness Council was created to inform the university and the wider Indiana community about historical and contemporary issues in Native America. As part of our mandate, we will sponsor events, speakers, films, exhibits, and other educational events in an effort to separate stereotypes from realities of indigenous Americans. The council will pay special attention to the past and present history of native peoples in Pennsylvania and the Eastern Woodlands.

    PFLAG of Indiana (Parents, Families, and Friends of Lesbians and Gays)

    P.O. Box 272
    Indiana, PA  15701
    Phone: 724-357-8309
    E-mail: pflagindiana@comcast.net 
    Website: PFLAG 

    Services and Description

    • PFLAG is a national nonprofit organization with over 200,000 members. PFLAG promotes the health and well-being of gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender persons, their families, and friends through support and advocacy.

    President’s Commission on the Status of Women at IUP

    Contact: Melissa Swauger, Chairperson
    Phone: 724-357-0158
    E-mail: Melissa.Swauger@iup.edu
    Website: Women’s Commission 

    Services and Description

    • The President’s Commission on the Status of Women at IUP is a part of a larger network of such commissions at all fourteen member universities of the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education. All are charged with examining the status of women at the individual universities, identifying areas that need improvement, recommending solutions for problems, promoting networking, and encouraging leadership among women students.
    • Through that effort, we are providing you with this directory of resources (organized by category) that may raise your awareness of the many opportunities and services available to women are IUP and in the local community.

    Pride Alliance

    Contact: Center for Multicultural Student Leadership and Engagement
    Website: PRIDE 

    Services and Description

    • Pride is a student group for gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgendered, queer, and allied issues. Their goal is to provide a safe place for IUP students to discuss queer issues and issues of sexuality. They are involved in social, educational, and activist activities.

    The Tolerance Project

    E-mail: Melanie.Hildebrandt@iup.edu