SRU recognized by Colleges of Distinction for commitment to equity and inclusion


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Slippery Rock University  was recognized  by  Colleges of Distinction  with a  2021-22 Equity & Inclusion badge. 

Aug. 16, 2021 

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. — Slippery Rock University has received the Colleges of Distinction's 2021-22 Equity & Inclusion badge, recognizing SRU as a community dedicated to equal opportunity for all students, faculty and staff. Colleges of Distinction is an online guide for college-bound students that advocates for schools whose undergraduate experiences are grounded in a philosophy of engagement, teaching, community and outcomes. The Equity & Inclusion badge is part of COD's individual recognition that focuses on institutions' specialized services for students. 

"SRU has created a welcoming environment for underserved students," said Tyson Schritter, chief operating officer at Colleges of Distinction. "It's a tremendous opportunity to highlight the noteworthy support offered for students who might not otherwise study and thrive on a college campus."

In addition to recognizing SRU for ensuring that all students are given equal opportunity to thrive academically, personally and professionally, COD cites institutions for educating their faculty and staff so that they can treat students fairly and with a conscious acknowledgment of their needs. SRU offers several resources through its Office for Inclusive Excellence, which serves as an impetus for positive interactions with all cultures while also providing academic and social support through diverse learning opportunities.

COD Badge

Additionally, the University has eight President's Commissions that represents the interests of SRU's diverse campus community. These commissions, made up of students, faculty, staff and administrators, engage with all campus constituents in promoting an inclusive and diverse campus community. SRU also follows statutes and policies for hiring a diverse workforce to provide an environment that respects, encourages and promotes the talents and contributions of all.

"SRU is committed to fostering a working and learning environment that is equitable and inclusive," said Lynne Motyl, chief human resources officer. "This work is not limited to a few departments but the entire campus, particularly through the support of our commissions that advocate on behalf of students, faculty and staff to represent the interests and needs of our campus community."

COD has recognized and honored schools throughout the U.S. for excellence in undergraduate-focused higher education for more than 20 years. Earlier this summer, SRU was awarded three COD badges by being named a  2021-22 national, public and Pennsylvania college of distinction. Also, SRU received the 2021-22 Field of Study badges for its education, business and nursing programs, as well as special recognition for career development.

 For more information about the awards, visit the  Colleges of Distinction website. 

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