Find yourself and your community at Temple. 

We celebrate the diversity and strength of our student body, and we take pride in students who come to us from over 100 countries around the world. Here, students from all walks of life connect and make Temple their home away from home. We represent the world, and a Temple education means a global education.

Below, you’ll find the resources and organizations that may be of interest to you, so you know how welcome you are at Temple.

 The Office of Institutional Diversity, Equity, Advocacy and Leadership 

Temple’s Office of Institutional Diversity, Equity, Advocacy and Leadership (IDEAL) embodies our dedication to continually grow and nurture a strong, inclusive campus community. IDEAL’s goal is to inspire meaningful connections and engagement across a variety of identity groups through advocacy, programs, recruitment and training.

Student Support

Students are always free to visit the IDEAL office for a welcoming, inclusive space to discuss critical diversity issues, or simply a casual space to study. The office is equipped with a social justice library, smart technology in all rooms, landscaped outdoor courtyard and a satellite computer lab.

If you want to be an active member of IDEAL, check out the different student employment opportunities or become a Diversity Peer—our group of voluntary student leaders who advocate and provide diversity programming to further encourage inclusivity at Temple.

Fighting Discrimination at Temple

Members of the Temple community are encouraged to speak out against discrimination to uphold Temple’s commitment to be an inclusive campus. The university’s equity, diversity and inclusion portfolio—which includes IDEAL, the Center for Anti-Racism, the office of Equal Opportunity Compliance and the Title IX coordinator—provides support and resources for students who feel they have been a victim to discrimination and/or biased behavior, including

  • information about safe spaces,
  • LGBTQIA+ resources, and
  • Title IX and equal opportunity resources.


Connect with IDEAL to learn more about our resources or how to get involved by visiting the IDEAL website.
Phone: 215-204-7303

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Valerie Harrison

Vice President for Public Affairs

“Temple has a significant record of racial equity work and the current moment provides us with an opportunity to amplify and accelerate that work. Temple’s most recent initiative will expand the Department of Africology and African American Studies, create a Center for Anti-Racism Research, and develop a pipeline and bridge program to college for North Philadelphia students.”

 Disability Resources and Services 

Temple’s Disability Resources and Services (DRS) provides access, accommodations and opportunities for students with a disability to grow and excel during their time at Temple University and beyond. DRS develops programs and workshops to support students and provides training and awareness about access and inclusion to the entire Temple community.

Students who connect with DRS include those with physical, visual, hearing and speech disabilities; health, mental health and autism spectrum conditions; attention deficits; brain injuries; and learning disabilities.


If you have questions, contact Temple’s Disability Resources and Services.

Phone: 215-204-1280

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 First-generation College Student Resources 

An estimated 30% of incoming Temple first-year students are expected to be the first generation in their family to graduate from college. We welcome first-generation students with a wide array of support services and initiatives.

 Office of International Affairs 

The Temple community comprises students from all over the world—approximately 3,000 international students study at Temple. The now nationwide campaign and scholarship #YouAreWelcomeHere started on our campus in 2016 and everyday we carry out its mission to ensure our international students know they have a home here.

To further our global perspective and support our students studying here and away, Temple’s Office of International Affairs is divided into the following two units.

  • Education Abroad and Overseas Campuses, which serves students and scholars studying on Main Campus who wish to study abroad.
  • International Services and Programs, which serves international students and scholars coming to Temple University.

Through our initiatives, we 

  • encourage and facilitate opportunities for students to study abroad, 
  • champion international partnerships, 
  • ensure that international students have the needed resources and support for success, and 
  • recruit a diverse international student body.


If you have questions, contact the Office of International Affairs.
Phone: 215-204-9570

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 Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer, Intersex and Asexual (LGBTQIA+) Support 

At Temple, our LGBTQIA+ students, faculty and staff members are a significant and meaningful part of the greater Temple community. IDEAL provides various resources and services through the Gender and Sexuality Inclusion Center to create a supportive environment and safe space for all—no matter how you identify. The center also holds a variety of events that celebrate our LGBTQIA+ community, such as Lavender Graduation, OuTU and weeklong programming to recognize National Coming Out Week. 

 Preferred Name Use 

At Temple, we support the need or preference for members of our community who identify by a name other than their legal name. The university will accommodate a preferred name during university business and education. The preferred name will be used in many university contexts, including the Cherry & White directory, OWLcards and student names on faculty class rosters and grade rosters.

Members of the Temple community can update their preferred name via the “Update Your Preferred Name” option in the Manage My Account section of TUportal.


If you have questions about requesting a preferred name, please send an email to

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 Talk to Undergraduate Admissions 

Temple is committed to providing opportunities for everyone. We encourage you to talk to our Admissions team directly so we can answer your questions and help you get to know the Temple community. 

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Adrienne Castro-Moreno

Assistant Director, Diversity Initiatives and Community Relations

Adrienne recruits prospective students from the city of Philadelphia and beyond, working closely with high school counselors and community organizations to help cultivate, enroll and provide access to a diverse undergraduate student body at Temple.

Contact Adrienne

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