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K-State Today

April 27, 2017



Multicultural Student Center planning group invites survey participation

By Multicultural Student Center planning group

An update from the Multicultural Student Center planning group:

The Multicultural Student Center Planning Group continues to work steadily and inclusively to meet our charge to develop a compelling vision, purpose statement and plan for a privately funded center that advances student success, diversity, inclusion and social justice. We have considered corporate perspectives, prior research, practices and experiences of other institutions, along with feedback from the K-State group survey — student organizations, faculty and staff groups, units and departments — which closed last week. Thanks to all who participated. 

Based on results from the first group survey, we have designed a second survey for individuals, and invite all members of the K-State community to participate. Please contribute your voice to this important campus initiative. The survey will close Friday, May 12.

The planning group's recommendations will be shared with the senior leadership team of Provost and Senior Vice President April Mason, Vice President Pat Bosco, interim Associate Provost Zelia Wiley and KSU Foundation President Greg Willems the week of May 22.

In addition to our ongoing weekly updates in K-State Today, we will go live with a project website next week as part of our commitment to communicate broadly to the K-State community.

"The opportunity to engage with the people in the planning committee has been incredible," said Mary Abounabhan, senior in management and business administration. "The open conversations we have been having as a committee concerning the controversial issues related to this center have been one of the things I look forward to every week. We are having real conversation that is going to help K-State take a step in the right direction in terms of student success, inclusion, and diversity."

"I'm happy to be a part of the conversations and planning for the Multicultural Student Center," said Lisa Tatonetti, professor of English, secretary to Indigenous Alliance and member of the Arts and Sciences Diversity Committee. "The center will be a point of pride for K-State, functioning as both a warm and welcoming gathering space that promotes community between and among students, faculty groups, and visitors as well as a place for educational programming and social justice planning."

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