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Slippery Rock University

Undergraduate School

Mailing Address
201 Campus Dr
Slippery Rock, Pennsylvania 16057
Phone
(724) 738-2015
Email address
asktherock@sru.edu
School Information
"Slippery Rock University, founded in 1889, is a member of Pennsylvania's State System of Higher Education. The University is shaped by its normal school heritage and characterized by its commitment to intellectual development, leadership and civic responsibility. SRU provides students with a comprehensive learning experience that intentionally combines academic instruction with enhanced educational and learning opportunities that will help them succeed in their lives, professional careers and be engaged citizens" (Source: https://www.sru.edu/about). The university offers over 150 undergraduate majors and over 40 graduate programs. The student to faculty ratio is 24 to 1. The total enrollment is around 8,500.
General Information
Slippery Rock University has launched numerous initiatives in order to advance diversity and inclusion ideals. Namely, the university has created a new website for racism and social justice resources. The university has also established the President's Commission for Race and Ethnic Diversity. The university does offer workshops and anti-racism training for employees and workers. At this time, no mandatory Critical Race Training is required of all students. However, plans are in motion for future curriculum changes. See developments below:

Actions Taken

Anti-Racism, Bias, and Diversity Training
  • The Office for Inclusive Excellence provides workshops to students.
  • The President's Commission for Race and Ethnic Diversity plans to "develop programs to educate allies to help understand how systems of oppression, privilege, and power are maintained" and "promote activities that demonstrate the university‚Äôs commitment to racial and ethnic diversity and inclusion."
  • The President's Commission for Race and Ethnic Diversity will "recommend training programs to enable faculty and staff to function in a diverse society."
  • All employees and student workers are required to undergo DEI training.
Curriculum Changes and Requirements
  • The Gender and Diversity Studies program "analyzes how privilege, power and oppression are produced, challenged and changed at both micro- and macrocosmic levels."
  • The President's Commission for Race and Ethnic Diversity will also "recommend curriculum changes to enable students to function in a diverse society."
  • Beginning in fall 2022, all undergraduate students will need to complete a three-credit DEI course thorugh the Rock Integrated Studies Program. Upon completion of DEI training for faculty, they will receive $1,000 for professional uses.
Disciplinary Measures
  • A student was withdrawn from SRU due to "hateful and intolerant speech" in 2020.
Re-Imagining Policing
  • In 2020, the president made a commitment that, "PCRED will work directly with our University Police to collaboratively review policies that may disproportionately discriminate against Students of Color."
Resources
  • SRU provides anti-racism and social justice resources which includes Ibram X. Kendi's book, "How to Be an Anti-Racist."
  • The Office for Inclusive Excellence also provides mentoring and programs to support diverse students.
  • The Black Faculty and Staff Association aims to " provide leadership, educational programs, and resources that enrich the SRU community perspective of diversity, as well as, make evidence-based recommendations to SRU administration that voice and advance issues affecting African American administrators, faculty, staff, and students."
  • On July 21, 2020, SRU appointed Terrence Mitchell as the president's special assistant for diversity and inclusion.
  • In 2021, SRU hosted a Diversity Management Speaker Series which brought in speakers to discuss critical race theory, among other subjects.
Symbolic Actions
  • On February 3, 2021, SRU joined the National Association of Diversity Officers in Higher Education in order to advance the university's goals towards inclusive excellence.
  • SRU named Anthony Jones as new chief diversity officer in October 2021.
Last updated July 26th, 2022
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