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Diversity and Inclusion

Academic Success Programs

TRIO Programs

TRIO programs are Federally-funded and designed to help students stay in college until they earn their baccalaureate degrees. Participants, who include disabled students, receive tutoring, counseling, and remedial instruction. There are 199,956 students being served at over 944 colleges and universities nationwide. TRIO programs at Kansas State University include:

  • Educational Supportive Services (ESS)

    The goal of Educational Supportive Services is to help first-generation, low-income and disabled Kansas State University students earn their undergraduate degrees. We provide services to help students improve class performance and find the necessary resources (academic, financial, career, etc.) on campus and in the community so that they graduate and achieve their life goals.

  • McNair Scholars Program

    The McNair Scholars Program is funded by the Federal Department of Education to prepare talented undergraduates for graduate study, with the goal of increasing the number of Ph.D.-holders from under-represented socio-economic and ethnic groups. To be eligible, students must either be low-income and first-generation, or a member of a group that is under-represented in higher education (African American, Hispanic/Latino, Native American, Native Alaskan, or Native Pacific Islander).

PILOTS

Pilots is a year-long freshman retention program that provides academic structure, individual attention, and assistance in making strong connections to the campus community.

Developing Scholars (DSP)

DSP offers under-represented students research projects with faculty mentors. Students receive academic, social, and financial support, while participating in the discovery and creation of new knowledge at Kansas State University.

Project IMPACT

Project IMPACT is a suite of best-practice programs designed to increase the number and quality of historically under-represented students in agriculture, business, and engineering. Project IMPACT programs include College-for-a-Day Institutes, state-wide multicultural student leadership conferences, MAPS – the summer bridge program, scholarships, tracking and monitoring, secondary advisement, tutoring, leadership and professional development opportunities, and placement with top-tier employers.

Women in Science (WIS) Programs

The mission of the Women in Science Programs is to challenge and support female engineering students academically, socially, and professionally.

Multicultural Engineering Programs (MEP)

The Multicultural Engineering Program (MEP) is part of the Dean's Office of the College of Engineering, and was created in 1977 to increase the pool of interested and qualified students from historically under-represented groups pursuing engineering degrees. MEP also provides a foundational support system and programs that encourage students to find solutions to technical and social challenges.

Diversity Programs Office, College of Agriculture

The Diversity Programs Office is dedicated to providing and promoting leadership opportunities, understanding, goodwill, diversity and friendship among the College of Agriculture and K-State Research and Extension.

Office of Admissions

The Office of Admissions recognizes the changing demography of the state of Kansas and seeks to increase the enrollment of multicultural and first-generation students. We invite all prospective students and their parents to call us for help with the admissions process, to schedule a campus visit, and to discuss the outstanding benefits associated with the K-State brand.

Office of Admissions - Multicultural Ambassadors

Multicultural Ambassadors are students who have been trained to help the Office of Admissions recruit historically underrepresented students.

ALIANZA

Alianza is a faculty and staff organization that advocates for the advancement of Hispanics and Latinos at Kansas State University. Alianza monitors and defends the rights of Hispanics, Latinos, and other minority groups. Members meet every month during the academic year to review the inclusiveness of KSU's community and to facilitate career development and professional opportunities for Hispanic and Latino faculty, staff, and students.

American Ethnic Studies

America's future depends upon our ability to develop a citizenry that is multiculturally competent. Dynamic changes occurring throughout the global world regarding demography, political conflict, and changing economic orders will require institutions of higher learning to graduate students who are comfortable in dealing with cultural differences, and who can provide effective multicultural leadership. Interested students can pursue a minor or a major in American Ethnic Studies.enry that is multiculturally competent. Dynamic changes occurring throughout the global world regarding demography, political conflict, and changing economic orders will require institutions of higher learning to graduate students who are comfortable in dealing with cultural differences, and who can provide effective multicultural leadership. Interested students can pursue a minor or a major in American Ethnic Studies.

Black Faculty and Staff Alliance (BFSA)

The purpose of the Black Faculty and Staff Alliance is to bring together people who have an active interest in promoting racial equity for Black and other minority groups at Kansas State University. BFSA keeps abreast of the issues affecting Black faculty, staff and students, and works with the administration and other groups to insure that the climate for diversity is positive and that the needs of under-represented people are met. Through regular programs, BFSA promotes Black culture, enhances cultural awareness, and seeks a sense of community across campus and within the local Manhattan communities.

College of Arts and Sciences Diversity Committee

The Diversity Committee's mission is to promote and support diversity in the College and build coalitions with other groups on campus who believe in multiculturalism and inclusive excellence.

Women's Studies

The Women's Studies Department at Kansas State University is broadly-based and interdisciplinary with courses offered in many different fields across the university. Disciplines currently represented are Anthropology, Art, Education, English, Family Studies and Human Services, History, Journalism and Mass Communication, Leadership Studies, Music, Philosophy, Political Science, Psychology, and Sociology. Interested students can pursue a minor or a major in Women's Studies.

Center for Intercultural and Multicultural Advocacy (CIMA)

We strive to provide academic programs that incorporate today's technology and prepare our graduates, at all levels, to be job ready upon graduation. We not only present the scientific and technological concepts in each of our programmatic areas, we also provide experiential learning (i.e., practicums, internships, and field laboratories) to allow our students to perform immediately once they enter their profession.

Midwest Equity Assistance Center

The Midwest Equity Assistance Center works to meet the needs of each school district. Through professional development, the Center works to increase parental and community involvement, the development and assessment of a multicultural curriculum, leadership skills for students, and teaching strategies for instructors.

Nicodemus Educational Camps

Nicodemus Educational Camps is a summer residential camp for children in grades 5-10. The camp is a subsidiary of the Kansas Black Farmers Association and is co-sponsored by the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service Center, the Caroline Peine Charitable Foundation, the Kansas State University College of Agriculture, and the Kansas State University Office of Diversity. Our objective is to expose participants, primarily from low-income homes, to an educational experience in agriculture that gives them a glimpse into the world of food from the farm to the plate.

Kauffman Scholars Summer Residential Institute

The Kauffman Scholars Summer Residential Institute targets low-income, urban students from the Kansas City area. During the summer, scholars stay in K-State residence halls and engage in a number of academic and recreational activities throughout the day. Each scholar is mentored by both an academic coach and a life skills coach. Scholars are divided into classes with 20-30 students each.