March 19, 2007
CONTACT: Gordon Ovenshine:
New statement underscores commitment to equality
SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - Slippery Rock University has approved a new Respect for Individuals in the Community statement underscoring appreciation of all persons. It will appear on the University's Web site, job applications and in official publications, said Holly McCoy, SRU assistant vice president for diversity and equal opportunity.
"We were able to include some additional categories such as socioeconomic status, sexual orientation and gender identity," McCoy said. "I'm very proud of it because it shows our commitment to diversity and that we as a University are serious about these issues."
SRU's chapter of the Association of Pennsylvania State College and University Faculties Gender Issues and Social Justice Committee requested and wrote the statement according to Colleen Cooke, parks and recreation faculty and committee member. The University's deans and administration reviewed and approved it, Cooke said.
The new statement states: "Slippery Rock University provides an environment that respects, encourages, and promotes the talents and contributions of all. Slippery Rock University values a community with a shared sense of purpose, where people demonstrate mutual respect and appreciation. Slippery Rock University values diversity that honors and includes all persons regardless of age, creed, disability, ethnic heritage, gender, gender identity, race, religion, sexual orientation, or socioeconomic status in academic and extracurricular endeavor, in the working environment, and in the daily life of the university community."
Slippery Rock University publishes numerous brochures, including recruitment pieces, academic guides and Rock Magazine for alumni.
Slippery Rock University is Pennsylvania's premier public residential university. Slippery Rock University provides students with a comprehensive learning experience that intentionally combines academic instruction with enhanced educational and learning opportunities that make a positive difference in their lives.