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Academic Success Programs

TRIO Programs

TRIO programs are Federally-funded and designed to help students stay in college until they earn their baccalaureate degrees. Participants, who include disabled students, receive tutoring, counseling, and remedial instruction. There are 199,956 students being served at over 944 colleges and universities nationwide. TRIO programs at Kansas State University include:

  • Educational Supportive Services (ESS)

    The goal of Educational Supportive Services is to help first-generation, low-income and disabled Kansas State University students earn their undergraduate degrees. We provide services to help students improve class performance and find the necessary resources (academic, financial, career, etc.) on campus and in the community so that they graduate and achieve their life goals.

  • McNair Scholars Program

    The McNair Scholars Program is funded by the Federal Department of Education to prepare talented undergraduates for graduate study, with the goal of increasing the number of Ph.D.-holders from under-represented socio-economic and ethnic groups. To be eligible, students must either be low-income and first-generation, or a member of a group that is under-represented in higher education (African American, Hispanic/Latino, Native American, Native Alaskan, or Native Pacific Islander).


Pilots is a year-long freshman retention program that provides academic structure, individual attention, and assistance in making strong connections to the campus community.

Developing Scholars (DSP)

DSP offers under-represented students research projects with faculty mentors. Students receive academic, social, and financial support, while participating in the discovery and creation of new knowledge at Kansas State University.

Project IMPACT

Project IMPACT is a suite of best-practice programs designed to increase the number and quality of historically under-represented students in agriculture, business, and engineering. Project IMPACT programs include College-for-a-Day Institutes, state-wide multicultural student leadership conferences, MAPS – the summer bridge program, scholarships, tracking and monitoring, secondary advisement, tutoring, leadership and professional development opportunities, and placement with top-tier employers.

Women in Science (WIS) Programs

The mission of the Women in Science Programs is to challenge and support female engineering students academically, socially, and professionally.

Multicultural Engineering Programs (MEP)

The Multicultural Engineering Program (MEP) is part of the Dean's Office of the College of Engineering, and was created in 1977 to increase the pool of interested and qualified students from historically under-represented groups pursuing engineering degrees. MEP also provides a foundational support system and programs that encourage students to find solutions to technical and social challenges.

Diversity Programs Office, College of Agriculture

The Diversity Programs Office is dedicated to providing and promoting leadership opportunities, understanding, goodwill, diversity and friendship among the College of Agriculture and K-State Research and Extension.

Office of Admissions

The Office of Admissions recognizes the changing demography of the state of Kansas and seeks to increase the enrollment of multicultural and first-generation students. We invite all prospective students and their parents to call us for help with the admissions process, to schedule a campus visit, and to discuss the outstanding benefits associated with the K-State brand.

Office of Admissions - Multicultural Ambassadors

Multicultural Ambassadors are students who have been trained to help the Office of Admissions recruit historically underrepresented students.


Alianza is a faculty and staff organization that advocates for the advancement of Hispanics and Latinos at Kansas State University. Alianza monitors and defends the rights of Hispanics, Latinos, and other minority groups. Members meet every month during the academic year to review the inclusiveness of KSU's community and to facilitate career development and professional opportunities for Hispanic and Latino faculty, staff, and students.

American Ethnic Studies

America's future depends upon our ability to develop a citizenry that is multiculturally competent. Dynamic changes occurring throughout the global world regarding demography, political conflict, and changing economic orders will require institutions of higher learning to graduate students who are comfortable in dealing with cultural differences, and who can provide effective multicultural leadership. Interested students can pursue a minor or a major in American Ethnic Studies.enry that is multiculturally competent. Dynamic changes occurring throughout the global world regarding demography, political conflict, and changing economic orders will require institutions of higher learning to graduate students who are comfortable in dealing with cultural differences, and who can provide effective multicultural leadership. Interested students can pursue a minor or a major in American Ethnic Studies.

Black Faculty and Staff Alliance (BFSA)

The purpose of the Black Faculty and Staff Alliance is to bring together people who have an active interest in promoting racial equity for Black and other minority groups at Kansas State University. BFSA keeps abreast of the issues affecting Black faculty, staff and students, and works with the administration and other groups to insure that the climate for diversity is positive and that the needs of under-represented people are met. Through regular programs, BFSA promotes Black culture, enhances cultural awareness, and seeks a sense of community across campus and within the local Manhattan communities.

College of Arts and Sciences Diversity Committee

The Diversity Committee's mission is to promote and support diversity in the College and build coalitions with other groups on campus who believe in multiculturalism and inclusive excellence.

Women's Studies

The Women's Studies Department at Kansas State University is broadly-based and interdisciplinary with courses offered in many different fields across the university. Disciplines currently represented are Anthropology, Art, Education, English, Family Studies and Human Services, History, Journalism and Mass Communication, Leadership Studies, Music, Philosophy, Political Science, Psychology, and Sociology. Interested students can pursue a minor or a major in Women's Studies.

Center for Intercultural and Multicultural Advocacy (CIMA)

We strive to provide academic programs that incorporate today's technology and prepare our graduates, at all levels, to be job ready upon graduation. We not only present the scientific and technological concepts in each of our programmatic areas, we also provide experiential learning (i.e., practicums, internships, and field laboratories) to allow our students to perform immediately once they enter their profession.

Midwest Equity Assistance Center

The Midwest Equity Assistance Center works to meet the needs of each school district. Through professional development, the Center works to increase parental and community involvement, the development and assessment of a multicultural curriculum, leadership skills for students, and teaching strategies for instructors.

Nicodemus Educational Camps

Nicodemus Educational Camps is a summer residential camp for children in grades 5-10. The camp is a subsidiary of the Kansas Black Farmers Association and is co-sponsored by the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service Center, the Caroline Peine Charitable Foundation, the Kansas State University College of Agriculture, and the Kansas State University Office of Diversity. Our objective is to expose participants, primarily from low-income homes, to an educational experience in agriculture that gives them a glimpse into the world of food from the farm to the plate.

Kauffman Scholars Summer Residential Institute

The Kauffman Scholars Summer Residential Institute targets low-income, urban students from the Kansas City area. During the summer, scholars stay in K-State residence halls and engage in a number of academic and recreational activities throughout the day. Each scholar is mentored by both an academic coach and a life skills coach. Scholars are divided into classes with 20-30 students each.

Service Units

Student Access Center

The staff of the Student Access Center provides a broad range of services in an effort to ensure that the individual needs of each student are met. In addition, staff functions as an advocate for students with disabilities. Kansas State University is committed to and is making every possible effort to ensure that all electronic and information technology developed, procured, maintained, or used by K-State is accessible to individuals with disabilities.


The Center for Advocacy, Response and Education (CARE) is a safe space for any member of the K-State community who has been affected by dating, domestic, and sexual violence, stalking or sexual harassment to receive confidential services. CARE collaborates across identities and sheds light on the realities of psychological, emotional, financial, physical and sexual forms of violence. CARE challenges the campus community to join us in advocating for positive social change while addressing the influences and social patterns that lead to interpersonal violence and other forms of oppression.

Office of Veterans Affairs

The Office of Veterans Affairs works with veterans and service members who are current K-State students, faculty and staff, as well as those considering a K-State education. We certify student enrollments to the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs; we assist the student during the process of applying for their benefit; and we help with trouble shooting issues that may arise between the student's benefit and the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs.

LGBT Resource Center

The LGBT Resource Center at Kansas State University is dedicated to helping LGBT students, staff, and faculty and members of the surrounding communities to be more secure, educated, and productive in their personal and professional surroundings.

Office of Institutional Equity

The Office of Institutional Equity accomplishes its goals through collaboration with students, faculty, and staff in hiring practices, training, and reporting. Our goal is to serve as a resource for the university and to ensure that fair, equitable treatment and practices apply to all regardless of race, color, ethnicity or national origin, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, religion, age, ancestry, disability, military or veteran status.


The purpose of the SAFE ZONE program is to provide campus "safe zones" where individuals affected by homophobia, hateful acts, and sexual violence can safely go for support and assistance. By placing the SAFE ZONE symbol on their office door, desk, or backpack, SAFE ZONE allies signify that their space is a safe place to talk about issues which impact people who have been affected by any type of hateful or homophobic act, or who have been affected by sexual violence, sexual harassment, or any criminal or distressing situation.

Student Government Association
Diversity Program Committee (DPC)

The Diversity Programming Committee was formally approved by the Kansas State University Student Senate on September 11, 2003 with the passage of Bill 03/04/06. The purpose of DPC is to provide funding for student programs that advance diversity and inclusion at Kansas State University. The committee consists of twelve (12) voting members, including representatives from student government, multicultural student organizations, international students, and sexually diverse students. The Speaker Pro Tempore of the Student Senate chairs the committee.

Multicultural Affairs Director

The Multicultural Affairs Director acts as a liaison between SGA and multicultural student organizations. He/she also advises SGA on matters of diversity and inclusion.

Educational Opportunity Fund (EOF)

The Educational Opportunity Fund is administered by guidelines set by the Kansas Board of Regents and is comprised of an allocation from "student- centered tuition enhancements." These funds are awarded through a competitive process with preference given to applications which continue existing programs, programs with definite, predicable outcomes, programs that affect large numbers of students, and programs that have no other source of funding.

Campus-Wide Diversity Programs

MLK Observance Week

The MLK Observance Week is an institution at Kansas State University. Each year, around the national holiday, K-State holds a week of celebration honoring this great man. We are particularly invested in this celebration, because K-State is the last university at which Dr. King spoke before his assassination. More importantly, this celebration is an annual reaffirmation of and commitment to the principles of fairness and social justice for which Dr. King stood.

Cultural Community Harmony Week

A student, Barbara Baker, created Racial/Ethnic Harmony Week after some disquieting events occurred. In 2002, Racial/Ethnic Harmony Week was changed to Community Cultural Harmony Week to bridge all the rich diversity in our communities and to bring us together to learn and grow. Occurring at the beginning of the fall semester, CCHW is a good way to start promoting and supporting our shared responsibility to make K-State a positive place for all to work and learn.

Black History Month

In 1926, Carter G. Woodson was acutely aware of the exclusion of Black history from American history. As a result, he created a celebration of Black history. In 1976, the United States Congress enacted a bill which formally created Black History Month and paved the way for a national month-long celebration in February. At K-State, the Black History Month Celebration is coordinated by the Black Student Union.

Hispanic Heritage Month

In 1968, Congress authorized President Lyndon B. Johnson to create National Hispanic Heritage Month. During this month, America celebrates the culture and traditions of U.S. residents who trace their roots to Spain, Mexico and the Spanish-speaking nations of Central America, South America and the Caribbean. At K-State, the Hispanic American Leadership Organization coordinates the annual month-long celebration that runs from September 15 to October 15.

Native American Heritage Month

Native American History Month is devoted to a celebration and recognition of the vast and rich contributions of indigenous people. Created in 1990, Native American Heritage Month affirms the beauty and richness of the various indigenous groups, educates the general populace, and continues to advocate for dignity and respect for the first peoples. At K-State, Native American Heritage Month is coordinated by NASA, the Native American Student Association.

Asian American Heritage Month

Asian American Heritage Month was established in 1990 to recognize and celebrate the rich history, culture, and traditions of persons of Asian descent. Coordinated by AASU, the Asian American Student Union, this month-long celebration educates the general campus and Manhattan community about the Asian American culture, and it strengthens the identities of and communities of Asians on the K-State campus.

Multicultural Graduation Ceremony

The Multicultural Graduation Ceremony is sponsored by the K-State Alumni Association and is designed to give multicultural graduates and their families a time to celebrate the incomparable achievement of their sons and daughters. The program features greetings from the Alumni Association President, the Associate Provost for Diversity, the Chair of the Multicultural Alumni Council, and others. Awards are given to the most outstanding multicultural graduates and certificates are given to all graduates. This program personalizes and recognizes the remarkable achievements of these young people in a more intimate setting before the university's graduation ceremony the following day.

Tilford Group

The K-State Tilford Group is a research and development "think tank" consisting of interdisciplinary faculty, administrators, staff and students who work together to develop a multicultural curriculum model that enhances and promotes cultural competence.

Diversity for Community Committee - College of Education

The College of Education is committed to diversity in the broadest sense of the term. This committee demonstrates the consistency and permanency of the College's commitment to diversity, caring and ethics all of which are part of the vision and mission of the College of Education. The purpose of the Diversity for Community Committee is to address matters pertaining to diversity issues and to provide/support programs which advance diversity in the college and campus-wide.

President's Commission on Multicultural Affairs

The PCMA is the senior-most advisory body on issues of diversity, multiculturalism, and inclusive excellence at Kansas State University. 

The President's Commission on the Status of Women (PCSW)

The PCSW is the senior-most advisory body on issues affecting female administrators, faculty, staff, and students at K-State. Current subcommittees include professional development, communications and outreach, and family leave. A consistent voice for the empowerment of women and equity, the PCSW seeks a gender inclusive environment.

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