A system-wide collaborative initiated by West Chester University of Pennsylvania in 1999 with membership available to all 14 universities within Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education.

At East Stroudsburg University, the Frederick Douglass Institute is a university academic initiative sponsored by the Office of Academic Affairs.


The Frederick Douglass Institute (FDI) at ESU is a collaborative organization with a mission to enhance and support diversity through the recruitment of graduate students from under-represented populations. It also provides opportunities for FDI graduate student scholars to participate in diversity research, outreach, to involve the greater community in diversity programming, and to sponsor an annual diversity forum.

In addition, FDI encourages faculty diversity through collaborative initiatives to recruit visiting scholars/artists who are committed to the ideals of the Frederick Douglass Institute.


  • To create programs to help attract, recruit, and retain quality graduate students
  • To serve as a research and resource center for intercultural and interdisciplinary studies
  • To create programs that will foster partnerships between ESU and the community.

Contact Us

If you have any questions about these programs and initiatives, please contact the Provost's Office.

Contact Information

Campus Address
Reibman Administration Building
(570) 422-3539
(570) 422-3519 (Fax) (Fax)
Title of Department Leader
Provost and Vice President Academic Affairs
Joanne Zakartha Bruno, J.D.