We are committed to upholding an inclusive and equitable community for all.
Temple University is dedicated to building a diverse, vibrant educational community grounded in appreciation for others, open-mindedness and respect. The university was founded on the principle that access to education is a right for everyone. As part of our commitment to inclusive excellence and equity in education, Temple upholds the belief that each student, faculty and staff member’s voice and experiences count and are equally integral to who we are.
It is our shared responsibility to enhance the quality of life for everyone at Temple. We provide a safe, supportive and welcoming environment in which to grow, learn and work, thus realizing the transformational power of being a part of the Temple community.
At Temple, every student is valued.
Our universitywide initiatives, academic programs, resources and research are rooted in equality and empathy so that everyone has the support and resources they need during their time here. Everyone should feel empowered to be themselves, be open to new experiences and be a part of solutions to pressing challenges, and we are our students’ greatest advocates while they are here.
To do this, Temple emphasizes and welcomes authentic conversations about real problems on our campuses, nationwide and in the world, and we believe that this is key to an open, inclusive and safe campus environment. We continually evolve over time to address important topics and make necessary change.
Discrimination in any form is not tolerated at Temple. All students and all members of the Temple community are encouraged to be who they are without fear or judgment.
Learn more about the university initiatives, programs, resources and services intended to help everyone feel safe and free to find their place at Temple.
In 2020, Temple committed $1 million to combat racism. This is our promise to identify new ways we can address racism on our campuses, in Philadelphia and in society at large.
Our initiatives include campuswide anti-racism training and core curriculum changes, reinvesting in anti-racism education, creating the Center for Anti-racism Research, prioritizing recruitment and retention of faculty and employees of color, establishing a bridge program for North Philadelphia youth to create better pathways to higher education, and much more.
The Office of Institutional Diversity, Equity, Advocacy and Leadership (IDEAL), Title IX and Equal Opportunity Compliance comprise the university’s Office of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion, which seeks to engage and empower our evolving community of students, faculty and staff.
Office of International Affairs
The Temple community comprises students from all over the world—approximately 3,000 international students study at Temple. Our international students always have a home here.
Temple’s Office of International Affairs ensures that international students have the needed resources and support for success, recruit a diverse international student body, and encourage students to study abroad.
Temple’s #YouAreWelcomeHere scholarship recognizes promising international students with a vision for enhancing intercultural understanding. Each year, the university selects two first-year students to receive an annual, renewable scholarship.
Through OWL Connect, you can find student organizations and opportunities that help you discover and engage with peers, align with your personal goals and values, develop and expand your interests, lead initiatives that are important to you, and become more involved on campus and in Philadelphia.