Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

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Diversity is the cornerstone of excellence. The College of the Liberal Arts strives to increase diversity and fully include members of underrepresented groups among students, staff, and faculty. Diversity in students, staff, and faculty enhances overall creativity, intellectual pursuit and accomplishments, and contributes meaningfully to the training of citizens in a democratic society. The qualities that people from diverse backgrounds bring to institutions of higher education help us think more complexly, consider varied perspectives, create new approaches, and achieve excellence as community members and leaders in an ever-changing world. Within this evolving societal context, the College of the Liberal Arts strives to maintain a leadership role in fostering an equitable, inclusive, and welcoming environment.


Highlighting events in the college that address and promote diversity-related issues.


Highlighting faculty across the college who are doing diversity-related work.


Highlighting the diversity-related work and accomplishments of our graduate and undergraduate students.

Committee on Diversity, Inclusion, and Transformation (CODIT)

Highlighting the ongoing work of the committee.

Helpful Links

Highlighting college initiatives and university offices addressing and promoting diversity-related issues.

The Graduate Alliance for Diversity and Inclusion

GADI is a graduate-student-led effort to promote diversity and inclusion for graduate students in the College of Liberal Arts.

Earl F. Merritt

Director, Office of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

122 Sparks Building
(814) 863-3870


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