Find yourself and your community at Temple.

You’re encouraged to be yourself at Temple. We celebrate the diversity and strength of our student body. We take pride in students from all over the world with vastly different backgrounds and experiences coming together, creating a community and calling Temple home.

More than 3,000 international students come from 131 countries and the most recent incoming class enrolled the largest number and percentage of Black and Latinx students in recent decades. We represent the world, and a Temple education means a global education. 

Here, you’ll find the resources and organizations you need to get the most out of your experience and ensure you know how welcome you are at Temple.

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Valerie Harrison

Office of the President, Senior Advisor for Equity, Diversity and Inclusion

“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.”

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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Alyssa Liles-Amponsah

Associate Director for Diversity Initiatives and Community Relations

In the Office of Undergraduate Admissions, Alyssa recruits prospective students from the city of Philadelphia, and is our primary contact for students in foster care. She works very closely with high school counselors and community organizations, helping cultivate, enroll and provide access to a diverse undergraduate student body at Temple.

Contact Alyssa

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 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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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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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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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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COVID-19 Response

You can find answers to frequently asked questions regarding Temple’s response to the pandemic and our universitywide efforts to keep our students, faculty and staff safe and healthy by visiting our COVID-19 updates website.