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See. Hear. Amplify. Identity. Culture. Respect. OUR KU.

The College Diversity, Equity & Inclusion office supports the students, faculty and staff in the Heart of KU by providing interactive and engaged learning, outreach, and development opportunities that align with three principal goals that span campus enrichment and innovation:

  • Goal 1: Actively cultivate an inclusive and equitable campus climate through innovative programming, community outreach, and development opportunities
  • Goal 2: Recruit, retain and develop a diverse faculty, staff, and student community by fostering cutting-edge research and curating dynamic public intellectual forums
  • Goal 3: Inspire innovative scholarship and teaching through partnerships with campus innovators, education leaders, and industry professionals

The College of Liberal Arts & Sciences at KU is dedicated to fostering an inclusive and equitable environment. Aligning with the strategic plan of the KU Office of Diversity & Equity, our overarching strategy is to support the Provost’s office campus plan to foster and maintain a university environment that sees diversity as the foundational element of excellence. Our programming and initiatives reflect a commitment to serving our campus and greater community while increasing the cultural literacy and competency of our faculty, staff, and students. We believe that we must be willing to see and hear the experiences of our colleagues, peers, and students as important parts of a whole that make KU the flagship university of the state of Kansas. By amplifying the important stories and experiences that make us unique, we can come together to respect and protect the dynamic opportunities for collaboration, engaged research, scholarly excellence, and creativity that a diverse campus yields for everyone. World-class research, prolific scholarship and dynamic creativity are produced through a radical engagement with diversity that expects inclusivity and equity to be foundational components of a top research university like KU. We invite you to explore our programs and support opportunities and to claim your vital contributions to OUR KU.

DEI Lunch & Learn Series

The DEI Lunch & Learn Series provides College chairs and directors the opportunity to connect with colleagues across the College and to engage in conversations about diversity, equity and inclusion that will help increase their fluency and enhance their leadership skills.

The Graduate Student of Color Network

The Graduate Student of Color Network is an academically supported cohort of graduate students across the College of Liberal Arts & Sciences. This distinctive network allows graduate students of color to be seen, heard and supported in their units through specific programming, social events, and academic development.

Community Care Discussion Series

The Community Care Discussion Series gives students, faculty and staff a space to talk and generate ideas to help to make our campus community inclusive, equitable and diverse. The series takes place in various open forums on campus from the Office of Multicultural Affairs to the Commons. These topic-driven discussion events encourage conversation and information exchanges facilitated by a faculty or staff member who specializes in the areas of discussion. Topics include reflection on ideas such as: ally-ship, diversity, fatigue, gender fluidity, and other issues that are vital to the self-care and quality of our KU community.

Faculty & Staff DEI Development Travel Fund

Faculty and Staff DEI Development Travel Fund The College DEI provides four travel supplements per year (fall and spring) for faculty or staff who have been accepted at conferences, workshops and other forums to increase their personal fluency in discourses of diversity, equity and inclusion. Faculty members who are not invited to present, but are accepted as a participant for research development are eligible. The faculty or staff member must apply directly to the Associate Dean of DEI in the College. Applications must include screenshots of acceptance letters and a brief abstract detailing how the opportunity to learn will increase campus equity, inclusive mentoring and unit support.

Speak Out Funding

The College DEI offers supplemental support to departments, units and centers in the College that are strategically program-planning through inclusive, equitable and diverse perspectives.

Jayhawk First Look

Jayhawk First Look is a community outreach program providing high school and community college students with opportunities to learn about next-steps in a four-year university application process. In partnership with College Outreach & Online Programs, we host events that serve schools in Wyandotte County and the surrounding Kansas City areas. This program allows students and parents to interface with KU transfer administrators and the College DEI team as well as KU faculty and alumni in an inclusive and welcoming environment. For more information about our program, please email Mercedes Bounthapanya, Program Coordinator, CLAS DEI.

Jayhawk First Look Learning Modules

DEI YouTube Channel & Open Access DEI Bibliography Resource Portal

The College DEI YouTube channel offers selections of short- and long-form videos and web streaming programs curated by the College DEI team to cover a wide range of topics to help enhance faculty, staff and student fluency in various conversations of diversity, equity and inclusion. We have worked to identify videos from across the United States and abroad in a variety of formats, from comedy to academic lectures, which enable learning opportunities across disciplinary boundaries.

Digital DEI Map

This resource is a dynamic, digital map providing access to places at KU that offer support, programming, and professional development for all things DEI. We encourage departments, programs and centers to add their spaces and programs to create the most comprehensive mapping of our ongoing efforts to foster a radically inclusive campus.

The DEI Team

Mercedes Bounthapanya

Mercedes Bounthapanya
Administrative Associate/DEI Coordinator