Diversity Initiatives 

ALANA Recognition Ceremony

Graduating seniors of African, Latino, Asian and Native American (ALANA) descent and their families are recognized at this ceremony for their unique journey to graduation. This ceremony is held every May.

Ally Training and Pinning

The Office of Institutional Diversity offers Ally Program Training for new and returning allies. Allies believe that all people regardless of sexual orientation should be treated with dignity and respect.

Black Male Development Symposium

Dr. Doreen Loury an Arcadia University Assistant Professor of African American Studies, with the help of a community and college-based advisory board, hosts the Black and Third World Press' Black Male Development Symposium for Pennsylvania at Arcadia University.

Arcadia University Statement on Campus Civility

Members of the Arcadia University community encourage all individuals and groups to behave with civility. Arcadia University also affirms every community member's right to an environment that is free from harassment of any kind. View Campus Civility Statement.

Civility in Action Leadership Discussion

The Civility in Action Leadership Discussion Series is an Office Institutional Diversity sponsored initiative purposed to engage the campus community in discussions about issues effecting civility and social justice on campus, in our neighboring communities, and in the world.  The series will introduce University community members to persons and practitioners who serve as “profiles of civility” in their leadership and example of modeling Arcadia’s Civility Statement.  The series also serves as a resource for developing and supporting ideas, experiences, and the presentation of global perspectives for engaging issues of civility and social justice.

Recent topics for the Civility In Action Leadership Discussions:

  • Getting involved to make a positive impact in our community by being of service to others facilitated by Ms. Cindy Rubino, Coordinator of Arcadia University’s Office of Community Service.
  • Understanding Civility: Arcadia’s Statement of Civility and the Civility Flag facilitated by Judy Dalton, Asst. Dean for Institutional Diversity.
  • Civil Rights Issues: Past and Present facilitated by Dr. Donald L. Clark, President of the Willow Grove Chapter of the NAACP.
  • Poverty and the historical impact of Colonialism featuring the documentary film “The End of Poverty” by Philippe Diaz and Cinema Libre; cosponsored by the Depts. of Sociology, Anthropology & Criminal Justice; History & International Studies; the College of Arts, Humanities & Social Justice; and the Office of Institutional Diversity.
  • Casting aside the notions of Racial Division and Superiority/Inferiority in Our Society facilitated by Mr. Yumy Odom, Educator, Scientist, Researcher and CEO of the Frator Heru Institute in Philadelphia, PA.
  • Mr. Gilberto Gonzalez, Graphic Design Artist, Community Advocate and Author of  the three book series including “The Three Rings” presents on growing up in the Latino Community in Philadelphia and his inspiration for writing, artistry and educating others in his community.
  • Out of Control: AIDS in the Black & Latino Communities facilitated by students representing Arcadia University student members of the Latino Association and the Black Awareness Society.

Cultural Ally Award

This annual Award is given to Arcadia University faculty or staff member(s) who are selected by culturally based student clubs/organization in recognition of their dedication and support of African American, Latino, Asian, Native American and LGBTQ students with whom they believe validate their experiences and with whom students feel they can be themselves around.

Cultural Conferences

The Office of Institutional Diversity encourages Arcadia students to participate in various conferences. The Office has supported students' attendance at the National Black Student Leadership Conferences, the Fattah Conference on Higher Education, the Educational Women Leaders Conference, The National Muslim Student Association Conference, and the PA Association of Liaisons and Officers of Multicultural Affairs (PALOMA) Social Justice Retreat. These events provide students with information, exercises and activities as well as an environment to interact with national and international leaders.

Heritage Celebrations

Several offices, organizations and individuals collaborate to lead cultural celebrations throughout the year. The offices of Institutional Diversity and Student Engagement along with the Multicultural Organization Coalition (MOC) ensure that these week-and month-long celebrations occur each year.

  • Asian Awareness Program
  • Black History Month
  • Hispanic Heritage Month
  • International Education Week
  • Women's History Month
  • Celebration Week

MLK Day of Service and Commemoration

The Day of Service is a major event led by the Community Service Office. In conjunction with this event, the Office of Institutional Diversity organizes programs and activities to commemorate the life and ideals of Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

Multicultural Organization Coalition (MOC)

The Multicultural Organization Coalition which is representative of leaders of student clubs and organizations was formed to help foster and promote multiculturalism and diversity in leadership event planning and group development.  MOC meetings provide opportunities for clubs and organizations to share information, ideas, support for varying events including heritage month celebrations, and help to ensure greater participation from respective club/organization members at sponsored events and programs.

Multicultural Leadership Award

This Award is given to Arcadia University students who demonstrate exemplary leadership through their contribution to enhancing multiculturalism and diversity in the Arcadia and/or surrounding community  are recognized annually at the University's Student Leadership Award Ceremony.

Race Matters

This series of discussions was developed in collaboration with the Office of Institutional Diversity and the Sociology Department to bring racial awareness to the Arcadia community. These discussions are lead by students, faculty and staff, and provide all the opportunity to express their thoughts and experiences on the topic.

Student Leadership Series

This series of workshops and discussions features high school and college people who have actively started organizations to solve a social justice issue at the local, state, national or global level.


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Judy Dalton
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Taylor Hall, Rm. 110