Thomas OraskovichThomas Oraskovich, a sociology and political science pre-law major from McIntyre, is making waves at IUP. As a student in the Cook Honors College, he recognizes the value of a degree from a university in Pennsylvania’s State System of Higher Education and hopes to have a career as a sociology professor.

Oraskovich is grateful to IUP for fostering a great environment for advocates in the areas of equality. He recently created an LGBTQIA+ video that was shared with all IUP students as part of his role in IUP's Student Government Association. Through the project, he was able to utilize the skills he gained in his sociology courses at IUP.

“I am so grateful for the opportunity to create this video and promote equality at IUP,” Oraskovich said. “Through my sociology courses, I was able to gain a deeper understanding of the issues facing the LGBTQIA+ community, and I was able to use that knowledge to create something that I hope will make a difference.”

Oraskovich's video was well-received by the IUP community and served as a reminder of the university's commitment to Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion. He is determined to continue making a positive impact on the university and the community.

“I am proud to be a part of the IUP community, and I hope that my video will inspire others to take action and promote equality,” Oraskovich said. “I want elected officials to know that I am grateful for IUP and the opportunities it has given me to make a difference.”

Thomas Oraskovich is a shining example of the kind of students at IUP. He is well-prepared to take on the challenges facing our society today, and with his passion for equality and his commitment to making a positive difference, there is no doubt that he will achieve great things in the future.

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IUP provides access to high-quality, high-growth programs that prepare students to make positive contributions to Pennsylvania. The State System’s advocacy campaign—Fund Pennsylvania’s Future—calls for state investment to provide PASSHE with an inflationary funding increase to keep tuition affordable for students and a targeted investment to educate students for careers in high-growth jobs and occupations strengthening Pennsylvania’s workforce and economy.