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Diversity, Equity & Inclusion

The School of Education has fully embraced the Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion agenda as codified in Goal 5 of the University’s Strategic Plan. This commitment needs to be realized throughout the School’s programs and culture. It is vital to recognize that no single person has the monopoly on understanding and advancing diversity, equity, and inclusion. In fact, our School is full of thought-leaders who have the capacity to also serve as leaders in creating a more representative, equitable, and inclusive School of Education. Together, we must harness the instruments of knowledge to better serve our community through concrete steps that expand our DEI initiatives, actions, and policies. The conduit for this might be through the establishment of conducive space where informal DEI conversations would take place. Should we agree on the need for this, and I hope we do, then the parameters and modalities will need to be arrived at through participation that is voluntary, school-wide, and collective. 

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, TRIO programs, and Heartland CAMP 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 the Center for Educational Opportunity Programs, the Professional Development School, and the Beach Center on Disability promote educational opportunity for diverse youth.Top ↑

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