Diversity Initiatives

ALANA & International Student Recognition Ceremony

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

LGBTQ Ally Training and Pinning

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

Campus Civility

Members of the Arcadia University community are encouraged to behave with civility. We also affirm 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 Series

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 introduces University community members to relevant themes via films and documentaries, and/or 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.

Leadership Conferences

The Office of Institutional Diversity supports Arcadia students to attend and participate in various conferences, including: the National Black Student Leadership Conference, the Fattah Conference on Higher Education, the Educational Women Leaders Conference, The National Muslim Student Association Conference, the PA Association of Liaisons and Officers of Multicultural Affairs (PALOMA) Leadership and Social Justice Retreat, the PA Black Conference on Higher Education Student Leadership Development Institute. 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, Student Engagement, Disability Services, and International Affairs, along with the Multicultural Organization Coalition (MOC) ensure that these and other heritage celebrations occur each year:

  • Hispanic Heritage Month
  • LGBTQ Month
  • Disability Employment Awareness Month
  • Native American/American Indian History Month
  • Black/African American History Month
  • International Education Week

MLK Day of Service and Commemoration

The Day of Service is a major event led by the Community and Civic Engagement 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 is representative of leaders of student clubs and organizations and 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.

Race Matters

This series of discussions was developed in collaboration with the Sociology Department to bring racial difference 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.

Black Male Development Symposium

Arcadia University hosts and serves as a cosponsor of the Black Male Development Symposium which was developed by Dr. Doreen Loury, Assistant Professor and Director of African American Studies, and the Black and Third World Press' Black Male Development Symposium for Pennsylvania.