Faculty Equity Advocate
Faculty support/coordination liaison
As Equity Advocate, Dr. Emily T. Cripe will serve as a resource and navigator for STEM faculty seeking assistance with issues or circumstances that have the potential to limit professional success. Using an intersectional framework, she will work to gather resources that focus on the needs of underrepresented faculty.
Dr. Cripe is an Associate Professor and Chair of the Communication Studies Department. Among other roles, she has served as the chair of the university’s Commission on the Status of Women, Vice President and Secretary of KU-APSCUF, and is a member of the University Promotion Committee and the Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies Advisory board. She is also a graduate of the PASSHE Women’s Consortium Leadership Institute.
APSCUF works on behalf of student and faculty interests to provide the highest quality education at the most reasonable cost by ensuring a diversity of programs are available, taught by first-class professors who strive for the pursuit of educational excellence.
For more information, please refer to the Agreement Between APSCUF and PASSHE.
Commission on Human Diversity
The Commission on Human Diversity reports directly to the Administrative Council and is established to pursue the goal of having a university community where all members honor each other's differences. It sets priorities, monitors changes and educates the community in order to create an environment in which all members will receive proper recognition, encouragement and support.
Commission on the Status of Minorities
The Commission on the Status of Minorities focuses on the monitoring of the recruitment and retention of students, faculty, staff, and administrators of color at Kutztown University. The responsibilities of the CSM include making recommendations regarding new policies, as well as changes to existing Kutztown University policies, programs, and/or procedures to support the creation of a culturally and psychologically “safe” environment in which the cultural, educational, and intellectual needs of students, staff, faculty, and administrators of color can be met and their experience at Kutztown enhanced.
Commission on the Status of Women
The Commission on the Status of Women addresses equity issues of concern to all women at the university. The commission will make recommendations to the Commission on Human Diversity concerning the conditions necessary for women students, faculty, staff and administrators to assert their expectations of respect, recognition and reward with special attention to minority women and the under-utilization of the talents and perspectives of women throughout the university.
Frederick Douglass Institute
The FDI at KU organizes and facilitates discussions, research, conferences, forums, and exhibits centered on racial equity, social equality, and anti-racism. Specifically, FDI programming advances Black intellectual traditions through interdisciplinary scholarship and activism in disciplines including literature, philosophy, history, STEM, criminal justice, the arts, and journalism.
Institutional Climate Committee
The purpose of the ICC is to heighten awareness of campus community members' perceptions and attitudes about KU; open up communication concerning perceptions and attitudes about KU; recommend university policies, procedures, and practices that promote more positive stakeholder perceptions and attitudes about KU; encourage teaching, research, and programs that enhance KU's climate of engagement, and transform KU into a more welcoming and inclusive place to live, work, and learn.
The Kutztown University Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender, and Questioning Resource Center's mission is to create a welcoming and inclusive campus for individuals of all genders and sexualities. The Center provides LGBTQ+ resources and support, educational workshops, programs that empower and promote diversity, and a safe space that embraces individuality, authenticity and equality.
The Women’s Center is proud to provide resources for pregnant or parenting students/staff/faculty members. Pregnant or parenting students are welcome to come to the Women’s Center for more information regarding these resources.
Information on faculty benefits for maternity/parental leave can be found in the Agreement Between APSCUF and PASSHE in Article 18, pages 59-64, and on page 144.