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Division of Biology


The Division of Biology, as part of the College of Arts and Sciences, seeks to foster diversity through a commitment to recruit, retain, and advance peoples historically under-represented in university education in the United States. We understand diversity as including, but not limited to, race, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, language, culture, religion, mental and physical ability, age, socio-economic status, citizenship status, national origin, and immigration status.

The graduate students, staff, and faculty of the Division of Biology are actively engaged in programs and activities that promote an inclusive environment. We are committed to supporting and increasing the diversity and inclusivity of our Division through hiring practices, departmental culture, and outreach activities. We train undergraduate researchers from populations historically under-represented in biology, hold science workshops for middle and high school school girls, and are allies for oppressed, marginalized, and silenced groups, participating in programs like SafeZone. We recognize that excellence in biology is dependent on a diverse approach to addressing scientific questions, and we strive to accomplish this by fostering diversity at all levels within our Division.

The Division of Biology endorses the K-State Principles of Community, which state the following:

Kansas State University is a land-grant, public research university committed to teaching and learning, research, and service to the people of Kansas, the nation, and the world. Our collective mission is best accomplished when every member of the university community acknowledges and practices the following principles:

We affirm the inherent dignity and value of every person and strive to maintain an atmosphere of justice based on respect for each other.
We affirm the value of human diversity and inclusion for community. We stand united against all forms of discrimination.
We affirm the right of each person to freely express thoughts and opinions in a spirit of civility and decency.
We believe that diversity of views enriches our learning environment, and we promote open expression within a climate of courtesy, sensitivity, and mutual respect.
We affirm the value of honesty and integrity. We will operate with honesty in all professional endeavors and expect the same from our colleagues.
We acknowledge that we are a part of multiple communities, and we have an obligation to be engaged in a positive way with our civic partners.
We recognize our individual obligations to the university community and to the principles that sustain it. We will each strive to contribute to a positive spirit that affirms learning and growth for all members of the community.

Some of the resources on campus are:

Student Organizations:
Asian American Student Union (AASU)
Black Student Union (BSU)
Hispanic American Leadership Organization (HALO)
Native American Student Association (NASA)

Other Resources on Campus:
Office of Diversity
LGBT Resource Center

International Student and Scholar Services
Office of Institutional Equity
Report It

Outreach and Research Opportunity Programs:
Developing Scholars