Access, Equity & Belonging

As a living and learning community, we are committed to being an engaged, culturally inclusive campus that does not exclude or marginalize individuals and groups because of gender, sexual orientation, race, ethnicity, social class, marital and parental status, disability, age, religion, geography or national origin.

We seek a campus community that reflects the rich diversity of humanity with the full participation of people who represent the breadth of human differences.

We believe these commitments are necessary to be a viable and competitive institution of higher learning in the 21st century. They are indispensable in achieving our mission of educating “undergraduate students for productive, creative and reflective lives of achievement, leadership and service in a diverse and interconnected world.”

For Students

Susquehanna has numerous clubs, groups, departments and organizations designed to connect students with their peers including:

For Employees

For employees of Susquehanna, there are a number of affinity groups and available resources including:

For the Community

Inclusivity and action don’t stop at the campus border. Susquehanna has a number of programs and initiatives targeted to supporting diversity and promoting inclusion and equity in the local community. Some examples are:

Departments and Services

Center for Diversity & Inclusion

Find a home away from home at the Center for Diversity & Inclusion.

International Student Services

Helping students who are new to this country adjust to life in the U.S. and at Susquehanna University.

Center for Spirituality & Meaning

No matter your religious or spiritual affiliation, there is a community at Susquehanna for you.

Center for Academic Success

Offering individualized assistance in study skills, time management and tutoring in specific subjects.

Disability Support Services

Susquehanna University is committed to working with students who have disabilities by providing reasonable and adequate accommodations.

English Language Learners

The ELL program is an intensive academic English program designed to prepare students for the college experience.


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Multifaith & Cultural Heritage Holidays

Susquehanna University provides a list of holidays to help faculty, staff and students better understand the diversity of observances by students.

Use the list for planning cocurricular activities, being mindful of observances or learning more about the rich religious and cultural diversity that exists at Susquehanna.

Multifaith & Cultural Heritage Holidays

Inclusive Campus Events

Events throughout the year celebrate our diverse community. They include:

  • Umoja Welcome and Graduation Stoling Ceremonies: Umoja, which is the Swahili word for unity, celebrates students of color entering and leaving the Susquehanna community.
  • Hispanic Heritage Dinner: A celebratory dinner during Hispanic Heritage Month recognizing the accomplishments of Latino-Hispanic students, faculty and staff, and supported by the Susquehanna community.
  • Latinx Initiative: Annual event which celebrates the Latinx culture across campus. Movie screenings, talks, performances, readings focused on the Latinx culture. It includes a panel with students and professors who reflect on their Latina/o/x identity while considering one shared aspect of their lives.
  • MLK Week: We commemorate the legacy of The Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. annually in a weeklong celebration including a Winter Convocation, a day of service and a chapel service that is open to the public.
  • Black History Month: Each year, we offer a variety of events in celebration of Black History Month.
  • Let’s Talk Lunches: The Center for Diversity and Inclusion hosts weekly Let’s Talk Lunches, where students, faculty and staff can enjoy pizza and thought-provoking discussion. Topics have included feminism, mental health, social media and microaggressions.
  • Lavender Graduation Cording Ceremony:  This event honors lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer and ally students by acknowledging their achievements and contributions.

Additional Resources

Statement on Ethical and Inclusive Living

We are committed to maintaining and fostering a safe and welcoming campus environment that aids us all in the process of lifelong learning and the cultivation of good character. 

Non-Discrimination Statement

We do not discriminate against any person on the basis of race, color, religion, national or ethnic origin, ancestry, age, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, disability, veteran status or any other legally protected status.

Bias Incident Reporting

Report if you or someone you know experienced an incident of bias. Reports of bias incidents for the past 3 years are available here

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