Commitment to Diversity

Speak Up!


Towson University’s Speak Up! Program supports and sustains our university-wide transformation for diversity initiated by the university’s Reflective Process for Diversity. Participation in a Speak Up! workshop will provide an individual with the tools necessary to challenge everyday bigotry.

Speak Up!, a program developed by the Southern Poverty Law Center, fosters discussion of encounters that individuals have had with everyday bigotry, from stores to restaurants, the classroom, or workplace. Participants openly share information about incidents with family members, friends, classmates, roommates or co-workers. They tell stories regarding what they did or didn’t say — and what they wished they did or didn’t say. Workshop participation provides an opportunity for an individual to develop and practice appropriate responses in order to be ready to address bigotry in a manner that is both effective and civil.

If you are interested in participating in a Speak Up! workshop or would like to know more about this initiative:

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What recent workshop participants said:


"...challenged me to think of peaceful ways of addressing bigotry"


"...strengthened my confidence level in addressing bigotry"


"It gave me a different perspective on how to handle uncomfortable situations"


"I was challenged to put myself in someone else's shoes and reminded of the impact words have on people"







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