Diversity Programming Committee (DPC)

The Diversity Programming Committee (DPC) was formally approved by the Kansas State University Student Senate on September 11, 2003, with the passage of Bill 03/04/06.  The committee will consist 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 shall chair the committee.

All registered student organizations in good standing with the University are eligible to apply for funding from DPC.  Co-sponsoring of events between groups will ONLY be allowed if a student organization is the primary planner and executer of the event.  Furthermore, applications requesting money from DPC will NOT be able to receive additional funding from any other Student Governing Association source.  Application forms and instructional packets are available in the Office of Student Activities and Services, located on the ground floor of the K-State Student Union and online at www.ksu.edu/osas/funding/dpc.  Deadlines for applications are listed on the Budget Request Form and online at OrgSync.

As this funding is intended to allow student organizations to sponsor events so large in nature that they would not ordinarily be able to finance them, proposals should be for projects costing a minimum of $3,000 each.  All proposed projects shall be intended to dissuade prejudice and discrimination based on race, ethnicity, religion, gender, mental or physical disability, sexual orientation, socioeconomic status, geographic location, or age.  

Moreover, it is the purpose of these funds to enhance diversity on the K-State campus for the benefit of K-State students.  Therefore,priority funding will be given to events taking place on the K-State campus and planned primarily for K-State students.  Secondary consideration will be given to events planned to take place in the Manhattan community.  NO funding will be allocated for the purpose of traveling to an off-campus event or conference.  ALL events and food at events must be free of charge and open to all K-State Students.

There can be no guarantee of continued funding.

Once each semester (twice during each Senate term), the Chair of DPC (the Speaker Pro Tempore of Student Senate) will report back to Student Senate with information on the allocations made during that semester and with summaries of the events that occurred with the assistance of DPC funds.

For a further explanation of the DPC and/or the administration of DPC funds, please refer to Article IV, Section 14 of the Kansas State University Student Governing Association By-Laws, or to Chapter 24 of the KSU SGA Statutes.  Copies of the KSU SGA By-Laws and Statutes may be obtained from the Office of Student Activities and Services.  Please direct any questions concerning DPC or the application process to the DPC Chair. 

Guidelines for the Administration of the Diversity Programming Committee

  1. Use of Diversity Programming Committee (DPC) funds is limited to the following purposes:
    1. Projects sponsored primarily by student organizations in good standing with the university.
    2. Projects intended to dissuade prejudice and discrimination based on race, ethnicity, religion, gender, mental or physical disability, sexual orientation, socioeconomic status, geographic location, or age.
    3. Requests for allocations of $3,000 or more.
    4. Projects primarily for Kansas State University students, with priority extended to events held on the campus; no traveling or conference expenditures will be funded.
    5. Projects free and open to all Kansas State University students.
  2. Organizations interested in hosting events that adhere to the stipulations outlined in Section 1, above, shall:
    1. Submit their project proposals to DPC before requesting funding from any other SGA source.
    2. Apply for funding from another SGA source only after DPC does not choose to fund the project.
    3. Be prohibited from using other SGA funds to supplement or replace allocations from DPC.
  3. DPC shall be composed of the Speaker Pro Tempore of the Student Senate , who shall serve as the chair of DPC; four Multicultural Student Representatives appointed by the Associate Provost for Diversity; four International Student Representatives appointed by the Director of International Student and Scholars Services; one student representing religious diversity appointed by the Committee on Religion; one student representing sexual diversity appointed by the Director of the LGBT Resource Center; one students-at-large appointed by the SGA Executive Committee; Multicultural Affairs Director and International Affairs Director, acting as ex-officio, non-voting members; and, the Office of Student Activities and Services Coordinator, or designee thereof, acting as an ex officio non-voting member.
  4. The Chair of DPC will present a report to Student Senate regarding the status of DPC funding allocations and projects once each semester, ensuring that each term’s Senate body receives two updates during its tenure.

Diversity Programming Committee's Allocation Procedure

  1. The Speaker Pro Tempore of Student Senate shall advertise for committee applicants within Senate, in multicultural student organizations, and among the general student body.  Committee members shall be selected or appointed no later than the first Friday in September
  2. 4 times each year the committee shall solicit proposals for large-scale, student-centered, diversity enhancing projects. Included in the cover letter attached to the application shall be the purpose and intent of DPC, the due date for project proposals, and the criteria for consideration in the allocation of DPC funds.
  3. DPC proposals shall be due at the Office of Student Activities and Services by the following deadlines should the funding base continue to be supplied by tuition dollars.
    1. NOVEMBER 1 – LAST DAY OF FALL SEMESTER
      1. Budget Request Forms due first Friday in September by 4pm
    2. FIRST DAY OF SPRING SEMESTER – MARCH 15
      1. Budget Request Forms due last Friday in October by 4pm
    3. MARCH 16 – LAST DAY OF SPRING SEMESTER
      1. Budget Request Forms due last Friday of January by 4pm
    4. FIRST DAY OF FALL SEMESTER – OCTOBER 31
      1. Budget Request Forms due Friday before Spring Break by 4pm
  4. The committee shall make a decision concerning whether or not to fund the proposals submitted within 4 weeks of the deadline date.
  5. In order to help best facilitate planning for events, Diversity Programming Committee will accept early funding requests from student groups who need to negotiate contracts with speakers and performers. If you have questions please contact DPC Chairperson, Kurt Lockwood, kurtl@ksu.edu
  6. Should diversity programming funds be included in FY 2014 budget, a new committee will be formed in Fall of FY 2014 to review projects for the upcoming spring.
  7. The current Speaker Pro Tempore of the Student Senate assuming the chair of DPC at the start of the fall semester.  They will remain the chair of DPC for the full academic year.

DPC Documents

Timeline (PDF Version)

Form (PDF Version)


DPC History