Scholar Installation Ceremony

FDI promotes student diversity through the Frederick Douglass Institute Scholars Graduate Assistantship Program.

Visiting Scholar/Artist Program

The Visiting Scholar/Artist program is designed to attract emerging scholars who are completing terminal degrees. Scholars serve as guest lecturers, in addition to teaching undergraduate or graduate courses. Responsibilities include delivering at least one public lecture, performance, or exhibit open to the university community.

Frederick Douglass Book Talks

FDI hosts a book talk focusing on issues related to race and society. The FDI uses these book talks to promote awareness of obstacles to diversity and discuss how to better promote a climate conducive to diversity on the ESU campus.

State System Frederick Douglass Teaching Scholars Summer Program

Pennsylvania's State System of Higher Education offers summer teaching opportunities to graduate students entering the final year of terminal degree programs and preparing to be college teachers.

Annual Field Trip

FDI sponsors a trip to a historic site that acknowledges diversity in American culture.

Frederick Douglass is…

  • Known for his speeches, writings and autobiographies, in addition to his newspaper, the North Star
  • Remembered as an advocate for literacy
  • Recognized as an advocate and protestor, devoted to bringing equality and justice to all Americans
  • Renowned internationally for his eloquence in the cause of liberty, and serving the national government in several official capacities

Making Connections

A Journal for Teachers of Cultural Diversity

"Making Connections" is a Frederick Douglass Collaborative Journal, published in spring and fall, which features crucial discussions about the status of culturally diverse subject matter in secondary and post-secondary classrooms. The journal is committed to publishing work that is useful and relevant to a large, diverse audience, including high school and college teachers, academics, and activists.

Walker/Seetch FDI Library

ESU English Professor, Victor Walker, and his wife, Beth Seetch, donated over 50 books to the Frederick Douglass Institute.

These books are used as a resource for ESU students engaged in research in diversity awareness.

Contact Us

If you have any questions about these programs and initiatives, please contact Dr. Kieselbach

Contact Information

Campus Address
Stroud Hall 309 H
(570) 422-3992
Title of Department Leader
Laura Kieselbach