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Diversity and Inclusion

KSUnite 2023

Join us for a day of interactive programming and dialogue that will allow us to gain perspective by exploring different perspectives.

8 a.m.-2 p.m.
Friday, Oct. 20
K-State Manhattan Campus


8:00 a.m.Welcome
Dr. Rana Johnson, Vice President for Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Belonging
McCain Auditorium
8:02 a.m.Opening Keynote: Belonging and Inclusion at K-State
Jerome Tang, K-State Men's Basketball Head Coach
McCain Auditorium
8:35 a.m.

Showcase of Belonging & Community at K-State

Kansas State University comprises a community of students, faculty and staff from varied backgrounds and identities.  We embody a wealth of talent, rarely showcased outside the classroom- nor shared across our academic communities.  The opening session is unique - we will introduce student groups and organizations that highlight collective artistic and creative skillsets in one-of-a-kind performances.  Attendees will enrich their understanding of what a sense of belonging at K-State truly means in a community that appreciates, respects and benefits everyone.   

McCain Auditorium
9:30 a.m.

What You See Is What You Get
Mr. Nathan McClendon

How well do we know each other? Often our perception becomes the reality that dictates how we experience life. This session will expand the concept of diversity beyond groups of people to the individual person.  We will explore the universal process of how information is stored in the brain and used to interpret the world around us, including other people. Lastly, there will be recommendations for overcoming our misperceptions and biases.

McCain Auditorium
11:30 a.m-12:30 p.m.

Athletics Panel Discussion: Generational Perspectives on DEIB

This insightful session will include several generational groups’ viewpoints on DEIB from an athletics lens.  Varied interpretations of belonging, community, and identity will be explored.  Participants will become better equipped at understanding the significance of DEIB initiatives to foster mutual respect where everyone feels included, regardless of their demographic group.

(If you plan to attend the lunch session, please register). 

Shamrock Zone, Bramalage Coliseum
1:00 p.m.-1:50 p.m.

Growing our Mindset, Part II: Minority Producers and Corporate Connections*

The Growing our Mindset Forum, organized by the College of Agriculture’s Diversity Programs Office, is facilitated in partnership with College of Agriculture student leadership groups: K-State Minorities in Agriculture, Natural Resources, and Related Sciences, College of Ag Ambassadors and Ag Student Council. This event will feature the Kansas Black Farmers Association and Cargill.

The purpose of the forum is to encourage more students, staff and faculty to engage in diversity and inclusion events on campus, as well as their personal lives. The office invites collaborative partners to join the conversation on the importance of DEIB in the workplace and/or agriculture.

K-State Student Union Wildcat Chamber*

2:00 p.m.KSUnite Closing Ceremony*
Dr. Rana Johnson, Vice President for Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Belonging

K-State Student Union Wildcat Chamber*

*These sessions are also available for virtual attendance via Zoom: https://ksu.zoom.us/j/97152821021?pwd=TDducXJrVVlSdlRKeXNDM3BQYlMyZz09, Passcode: 910368.

Engaging online participants: Global, Manhattan, Salina, Olathe