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Diversity and Multicultural Student Affairs

Principles of Community

Diversity and Multicultural Student Affairs
Kansas State University
224 Anderson Hall
919 Mid-Campus Drive North
Manhattan, KS 66506

Office hours: 8-12pm, 1pm-5pm, M-F
Meetings by appointment only.
To schedule a meeting
with Mirta Chavez, Dr. Debra Bolton, or
Caitlyn Wells, contact caiwel@k-state.edu
785-532-6276 office
785-532-6339 fax


A Commitment from DMSA


On behalf of DMSA, I write and commit to you -- from the deepest recesses of our being and with all that we have and all that we are -- to move our University forward. I am sorry for the terrible, inexcusable injustices and hurtful acts that you have endured as a K-State student. And while we cannot erase or take away those experiences, I and the DMSA team commit to work tirelessly to create a better and more inclusive K-State into the future. And we will do this together. Please see President Myers’ action steps presented to our K-State community yesterday, A Message from President Myers.

This is only a first step, and DMSA fervently commits to lead the charge for Truth, Racial Healing, and Transformation at Kansas State University. Truth, in that we will ensure that the university understands and learns what you -- institutional racism exists and is a prevalent part of your lived experience at K-State -- that cannot and will not be ignored. Racial Healing is to focus on ways for all of us to heal from the wounds of the past and present, to build mutually respectful relationships across racial and ethnic lines that honor and value each person and to build trusting intercultural relationships that better reflect our common humanity here at K-State. Transformation through racial healing is to restore to wholeness and to set right. In recognizing the wrongs of the past and addressing the consequences of those wrongs, we will create transformative and measurable change. The Truth, Racial Healing and Transformation framework and process will help us as a K-State community, to acknowledge and identify our systemic injustices, to heal as a community, and to produce the actionable change you seek and deserve.

As you know, the action steps identified by President Myers are just a few of the things that need to occur. DMSA has been working on an equity agenda that outlines many, many more action items that will take place, and we will be creating the structures necessary to gain your input and involvement in these efforts. Additionally, all units within the Division of Student Life are focused on creating goals to “Advocate for Equity” as a part of its new strategic plan. As we celebrate the opening of the Morris Family Multicultural Student Center, it will not only serve as a home to you and your student organizations, and the hub for our cultural celebration, enrichment and engagement, but also as a center of accountability for the transformative change that is to occur at K-State. We are eager to complete and move into the Morris Family Multicultural Student Center in late Fall, so please begin planning and scheduling your activities and events for the Spring semester with Trumanue, tlindse@ksu.edu. You can track the progress of the Morris Family Multicultural Student Center here, MFMSC LiveView.

Finally, please know that the entire DMSA team is here to support you. We will be seeing you on campus soon; until then, stay safe and well!

With love,

Class of 2020 Multicultural Graduate Tribute!

Diversity & Multicultural Student Affairs would like to say congratulations to the graduating class of 2020. This is a great achievement and huge milestone for your life. Because we cannot celebrate with you during spring commencement, we have put together a short tribute of encouraging words and submitted photos to recognize and honor you in your accomplishment! Congratulations and go Cats!

Greetings to You from Department of Multicultural Student Affairs

Dear DMSA Family, Friends, and Community, 

Let us take this moment to assure you that we care about you, our entire DMSA community.  We wish for you to take special care of yourself and others during these changing times.

K-State continues its limited operations status going into the summer months while we plan for the campus “re-awakening” so that we may return to supporting our students’ academic endeavors in welcoming and safe environments.

Please be assured that DMSA remains here to offer support and assistance to our students, and we encourage you to reach out to us any time.  We do respond to calls on our main phone line, 785-532-6276, so do not hesitate to call.

We miss each of you, and we look forward to the time when we can see you in the coming fall, or when the time is right for your safety and ours. 

If you have any questions regarding our efforts to mitigate the spread of COVID-19, or any other questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact a DMSA representative or monitor K-State’s updates: https://www.k-state.edu/covid-19/

With Purple Pride; stay safe

Diversity and Multicultural Student Affairs

We are committed to promoting diversity in every sector of Kansas State University by providing vision and leadership in diversifying all university functions as well as students, faculty, staff and the curriculum.

Student Programs

Student Programs

K-State Diversity/Multicultural Student Affairs is changing lives through opportunity.

Intercultural Learning

Intercultural Learning

Strengthening awareness of self, awareness of others, and understanding how to respond, behave, and reflect when around people like us or different from us in order to build a more inclusive K-State family.

Student Life

Multicultural Student Life

There are so many opportunities and experiences available to you as a student, and we hope that you'll take advantage of everything that K-State has to offer.


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