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University Climate Survey

As K-State's 2025 strategic plan comes to a close, our strategic planning efforts continue as Next-Gen K-State. See the latest updates on the Next-Gen K-State website.


Cisgender female

A female whose gender identity matches the sex that they were assigned at birth.


Cisgender male

A male whose gender identity matches the sex that they were assigned at birth.



How Individuals and groups experience and perceive being members of our campus with an emphasis on feeling valued, a sense of belonging, being listened to, seeing oneself as physically and psychologically safe and being treated with dignity, equity and respect.


Cultural Competence

The ability to understand, communicate and meaningfully engage with individuals whose backgrounds are different from your own.



A person who holds a valid temporary social security number and work authorization card.



A physical or mental condition that limits a person's movements, senses or activities.



The multiplicity and intersections of identities (i.e. race, ethnicity, age, nationality, social and economic status, sexual orientation, gender identity/expression, religious, political and ideological perspectives, and physical and mental abilities) that comprise our campus.


First Generation

You are the first person in your immediate family to attend college (i.e. neither of your parents have a college degree).


Gender Identity

A person's perception of having a gender, which may or may not correspond with their sex at birth.


Gender nonconforming

A person who do not follow other people's ideas or stereotypes about how they should look or act based on the female or male sex they were assigned at birth.



The feeling of being valued, included, welcomed, safe, respected and meaningfully engaged in campus climate.



A person who is not a U.S. citizen or permanent resident.



Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer, Intersex, and Asexual



A person identifying with two or more races as their primary identity.



A student that delayed enrollment into college, attends part-time, works full time, is financially independent for financial aid purposes, has dependents other than a spouse, is a single parent, completed high school with GED or certificate..


On-boarding Process

The process through which new employees acquire the necessary knowledge, skills, and behaviors to become effective organizational members.


Partnered/Civil Union

A legally recognized arrangement similar to marriage.



An undergraduate student who has a high degree of unmet financial need that qualifies them for a Federal Pell Grant.


Permanent Resident

A person who's resident status in the U.S. is not a citizens but they have the right to reside in the U.S. on a permanent basis.


Person of Color

A person who is not white or of European parentage.


Psychological Disability

Mental disorders or conditions that influence our emotions, cognitions, and/or behaviors, which may include depression, anxiety, schizophrenia, and bipolar disorder.



A community that is not included within an urban area; often associated with country, farming or agricultural areas.


Sexual Orientation

A person's sexual identity in relation to the gender they are attracted to and want to have relationships with. Sexual orientations include gay, lesbian, straight, bisexual, and asexual.


Spiritual Affiliation

Commitment to or relating to a way of life dedicated to religious vows or principles.



A mixed-use residential area, normally within commuting distance of a city.



A person whose sense of personal identity and gender does not correspond with their birth sex.



A person that does not have the DACA authorization or any type of visa.



A community that is very developed with a density of structures such as houses, commercial buildings, roads, etcetera normally referred to as cities.



A person who served in the active military, naval, or air service and who was discharged or released under conditions other than dishonorable.



A person's beliefs about aspects of the world that grounds and influences their thinking, knowing and experiences in the world.