Diversity, Equity and Inclusion
Slippery Rock University is committed to being an inclusive and equitable institution of higher learning for all who live, work and study in our community. And as we pursue continuous improvement in the areas of diversity, equity and inclusion, we define those terms as follows:
- Diversity: A range of ideas, opinions, perspectives, experiences and decision-makers across race and ethnicity, gender and gender identity, sexual orientation, socioeconomic status, language, culture, national origin, religious commitments, age, (dis)ability status, political perspective, and other variables related to life experience.
- Equity: Equal outcomes through just and fair practices, policies and procedures, particularly for the historically underserved. Disruption and dismantling of any identified institutional barrier or situation that unfairly or unjustly impacts a specific population based on their identity.
- Inclusion: Cultivating spaces where all individuals can live authentically and feel empowered as they journey towards their full potential. A commitment to supporting each individual’s journey to reach their full potential while existing as their authentic selves. Deliberate efforts to ensure that differences are welcomed and valued, differing perspectives are respectfully and empathically heard, and every individual feels a sense of belonging, community, and agency.
At SRU, we envision a University community that empowers individuals, expands opportunities and meaningfully honors all voices in order to cultivate a safe, diverse community and harness its power for change.
Meet the Chief Diversity Officer
A native of Youngstown, Ohio, Jones was among the first in his family to matriculate and graduate from college. Jones recently earned his doctoral degree in educational leadership and policy studies from Eastern Kentucky University, where he also earned a master's degree in student personnel with a concentration in counseling (2013). His doctoral thesis at EKU focused on why Black males persist and graduate from predominately white institutions. He is also a 2006 graduate of the University of Mount Union with a bachelor's degree in art.
Jones comes to SRU after a three-year stint at Thiel College. While there, he led efforts to foster and maintain an increasingly inclusive environment that "welcomed, embraced, supported and celebrated diversity in all its forms." Jones served as the chair of Thiel's Diversity and Inclusion Advisory Board and worked with the president's office to make sure the college's policies and procedures were inclusive in nature.
Prior to his work at Thiel College, Jones worked as the director of multicultural student affairs at Eastern Kentucky University (2016-18) and Marietta (Ohio) College (2009-2011) where he conducted programs to educate campus populations about minority group social issues and cultural competence. He led various diversity conferences and taught courses on the first-year experience, community engagement and global education. Additionally, his student group advising experience includes overseeing Black student unions, Latino student associations, international student associations, LGBTQIA associations and National Pan-Hellenic councils. Jones himself is a member of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc.
"Part of what I do is helping to mentor and guide students through successful college careers that transcend graduation," Jones said. "As a first-generation college student, I understand the significance of potential and maximizing that potential to better one's future. I'm always looking forward to meeting and interacting with parents, faculty, and staff, but most importantly students. I believe, without question, that college students are the building blocks that will broaden many horizons domestically and internationally throughout the communities in which we learn and live."
Anthony Jones, Ed.D.
Chief Diversity Officer
Mission, Vision and Values
Our mission is to support and promote academic success while developing multicultural and social competence, civic engagement, and retention of students from historically underrepresented racial/ethnic groups. Our office seeks to identify and eliminate barriers to foster an equitable and diverse environment. Our goal is for all students, faculty, and staff to obtain understanding and cultivate awareness of differences.
To develop culturally competent global citizens.
Freedom of inquiry is at the center of our value system and is the basis from which we study with curiosity, live together with civility, serve society, respect one another, build our community, deepen our faith, express our creativity, and experience our independence in pursuit of truth.
Strategic Plans and Events
Anti-Racism and Social Justice Resources
We, as a community, must accept the challenge of self-education in support and allyship with those who are struggling to be heard.
Frederick Douglass Institute
The Frederick Douglass Institute is a collaborative effort of the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education to promote multiculturalism.
Office for Inclusive Excellence
The Office for Inclusive Excellence (OIE) serves as an impetus for positive interactions with all cultures while also providing academic and social support through diverse learning opportunities.
The Presidential Commissions at Slippery Rock University lead and engage the campus community with a vision to create a culture of respect, acceptance and celebration of our differences and be challenged to be active practitioners of change.