The Best Buddies Chapter at IUP recently won awards at both the university and the state levels.

The Best Buddies Chapter at IUP was named 2020 Pennsylvania College Chapter of the Year from Pennsylvania Best Buddies.

The chapter also won the Inclusion and Advocacy Award from the IUP Center for Multicultural Student Leadership and Engagement.

About Best Buddies

The mission of Best Buddies is to enhance the lives of people with intellectual disabilities by providing opportunities of one-to-one friendship and integrated employment. We do this at the college level by matching college student volunteers in mutually enriching friendships with people with intellectual disabilities.

Membership in Best Buddies is open to all registered undergraduate and graduate students in good standing at IUP. Students wishing to join Best Buddies must attend the information meeting and meet and greet event held at the beginning of the academic year. Members must also complete an application online.

Department of Communication Disorders, Special Education, and Disability Services