American Ethnic Studies Mission Statement

Our mission is to serve American society through our focus on underserved communities of color and communities historically underrepresented at the nation’s universities. We serve a) by teaching university students to think critically about the multifaceted realities of America’s diverse ethnicities; b) by promoting social justice ideals and practices of inclusivity; c) by fostering community-based engaged research and praxis responsive to the needs and realities of underserved constituencies; d) by attracting accomplished ethnic studies faculty, undergraduate, graduate students, and retaining them by providing a supportive environment; e) through direct service to historically underrepresented peoples of color in Kansas. We believe our focus on peoples of color will in time uplift all peoples. The particulars of our mission align with the six thematic goals of K-State 2025.

(Updated Fall 2013)