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Shippensburg University

Undergraduate School

Mailing Address
1871 Old Main Drive
Shippensburg, Pennsylvania 17257
(717) 477-7447
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School Information
"Founded in 1871, Shippensburg University has a long and proud history centered on serving the educational, social and cultural needs of our students. We were the first normal school in Pennsylvania to be chartered as a state teachers college and the first to be accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education. We are now a comprehensive university, offering bachelor's, master's and doctoral degree programs in our College of Arts and Sciences, College of Education and Human Services and John L. Grove College of Business." The university has over 100 undergraduate programs across its 3 colleges, as well as three doctoral programs. (Source: (Source:
General Information
Shippensburg University has taken steps to financially support scholars of critical race theory. The university launched its new "Anti-Racism Institute", although the funding and scope of the institute's mission have not yet been made clear. No mandatory Critical Race Training sessions are yet required of students. However, see developments below:

Actions Taken

Curriculum Changes and Requirements
  • Ship's 2023 Undergraduate Guidebook outlines its General Education Program which states that "[s]tudents are required to take one diversity course to graduate."
Disciplinary Measures
  • The university "outlines the steps Ship will take when Incidents that disrupt the inclusive community arise on our campus." 
Political Actions and Support for Anti-Racism
  • On June 9, 2020, university News reported that Shippensburg Director of Multicultural Student Affairs and the Assistant Provost were speakers at a downtown Black Lives Matter protest.
Program and Research Funding
  • University has launched a new “Anti-Racism Institute”.
  • The Institute for Social Inclusion at Shippensburg University "supports activities that promote social inclusion of vulnerable populations such as people with disabilities, people of color...through research, training, and development of demonstration models."
  • The university library offers a "Guide to Anti-Racist Books and Resources," which includes Ibram X. Kendi's "How to Be an Antiracist" and Robin DiAngelo's "White Fragility: Why it’s So Hard for White People to Talk about Racism."
  • The university library offers a "Guide to Source Material for Anti-Racist Activists and Thinkers," which includes a whole page on Ibram X. Kendi.
  • The Shippensburg Library provides a "Guide to Anti-Racist Books and Resources" which includes "The Invention of the White Race," "Seeing White: An Introduction to White Privilege and Race," and "The Heart of Whiteness: Confronting Race, Racism, and White Privilege."
  • The university published a "Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Resource Guide" which defines many terms and phrases associated with topics of racism, diversity, equity, and inclusion. The purpose of the guide is "to assist the university community in representing our commitment through the use of language in course syllabi, annual reports, press releases, lectures and presentations, social media, and all communications."
  • The Office of Inclusion, Belonging, and Social Equity at Ship "assists the university in ensuring equal opportunity and access to educational, employment, and contract opportunities for all persons including students, faculty, staff, and administrators."
  • The Employment Relations and Workplace Studies Minor at Ship "provide[s] students with course work that will prepare them for entry level work in a number of high growth HR related fields including human resource management, human resource development, diversity, equity, and inclusion, organizational development, training, health and safety, depending on the elective courses that students select."
Last updated January 8th, 2024
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