Diversity at the KU School of Education
Diversity is an integral part of the University of Kansas School of Education’s commitment to excellence. The faculty, staff, and students of the School of Education value inclusiveness and equal opportunity for diverse learners and an environment of mutual respect for all members of our community. We believe that all students benefit from training and experiences that will help them to learn, lead, and serve in an increasingly diverse society.
Our commitment to diversity includes four core values:
Diversity in our curriculum, learning, and research. The School of Education is committed to support research on issues related to diversity, and to train students to work with, teach, and serve individuals from diverse backgrounds and experiences.
A diverse campus community. We believe that the School of Education should reflect the society that it serves, and thus we are committed to fostering diversity among students and faculty. Programs such as the Multicultural Scholars program reflect our goal to promote a diverse community within the School of Education.
A positive and diverse campus climate. The School of Education endeavors to create a climate that respects and celebrates differences in background and life experiences, including differences in ability, age, ethnic and racial heritage, gender, religion, sexual orientation, and socioeconomic background.
Outreach and community engagement. A critical part of the School of Education's mission is to serve students in the state of Kansas and beyond. To accomplish this mission, we provide a wide range of professional services to schools and other institutions. Programs such as TRIO, the Professional Development School, and the Beach Center on Disability promote educational opportunity for diverse youth.
Upcoming Event: Diversity & Equity Curriculum Workshop (June 2 & 3, 2015)
As a part of the ongoing diversity initiative, the KU School of Education is sponsoring a diversity & equity curriculum workshop for university instructors who are interested in creating or revising a course that addresses topics related to diversity, equity, multiculturalism, or social justice.
Workshop participants may learn more about a variety of topics, including:
- Examining our own identities and biases
- Using key concepts as a basis for addressing diversity and equity issues
- Connecting with students’ experiences and interests
- Handling controversial topics in class discussions
- Promoting critical thinking about diversity and equity
- Using exercises and simulations to engage students
Past Event: Disability Equity Panel
This panel discussion includes individuals with disabilities from across the KU campus, including students, faculty, and staff. Panel members discuss their own educational experiences and ways to promote inclusion for people with disabilities.
Meagan Patterson, assistant professor in the department of Psychology & Research in Education, studies children’s attitudes about social groups and how these attitudes intersect with the development of personal identity. In a recently published study, she examined children’s perceptions of race and racial bias in the 2008 U.S. presidential election. The study found the children were aware that Obama would be the first African-American president, but had varying views on the significance of his race, whether it would affect his chances of being elected, and their own aspirations to become president. In the following video, she discusses the findings of this study as well as how KU has supported her research efforts.