Frederick Douglass Institute


The Frederick Douglass Institute is a collaborative effort of the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education to promote multiculturalism. The Institute derives its name from the example and legacy of Frederick Douglass. Douglass' commitment to education and dedication to social equality serves as a model for the services and programming the Institute provides.

FDI Mission

The Frederick Douglass Institute at Kutztown University is an organization that encourages development of equality and diversity among faculty, staff and students through scholarships, research, forums, exhibits, conferences and visiting scholars. Our Institute encourages scholarship and facilitates the exchange of ideas around issues of cultural diversity and social equality among members of the campus community. We specifically promote activities such as discussions, forums, conferences, fellowship programs and exhibits in order to increase awareness of multicultural issues and promote racial harmony.

  • Promote scholarly research on multicultural topics among faculty.
  • Facilitate dialogue around issues of cultural diversity.
  • Encourage awareness of cultural diversity in the community.
  • Foster mutual understanding and mutual respect for diverse cultures.
  • Develop closer ties and collaboration among KU faculty and students with those in the PA State System of Higher Education.