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Diversity and Multicultural Student Affairs

Madaí Rivera
Assistant Director for Student Engagement

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

Morris Family Multicultural Student Center
Office #005 


K-State DREAMZone

The K-State commitment

K-State is committed to providing educational opportunities for all students. We are committed to our Principles of Community, which affirm the inherent dignity and value of every person. We affirm the value of human diversity for community. 

DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals) was initiated by the Obama Administration in 2012. Under the policy, certain undocumented immigrants to the United States who entered the country as minors can receive a renewable two-year period of deferred action from deportation and eligibility for employment. 

Understandably, undocumented and DACA-mented K-State students may be worried about possible changes to DACA and other immigration policies. This is a time for our university family to pull together and support those who are working to build a better future for themselves. K-State supports Governor Kelly's amicus brief in support of DACA and joins the Association of Public and Land-grant Universities (APLU) in their statement (pdf) calling for swift congressional action.

We encourage students with questions or concerns to take advantage of the many services offered through the university found on this website.  

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The K-State DREAMZone was designed to provide support to undocumented and DACA-mented students that were born in various countries around the world and currently reside in the U.S., as well as those from mixed-status families (family members with different immigration statuses). 

In the news: June 18, 2020

The US Supreme Court rules against Trump administration attempt to end DACA, a win for DACA-mented students and youth across the country

K-State COVID-19 Updates & Financial Resources

The following financial resources are available to undocumented and DACA-mented students who are are encountering unexpected financial stressors at this time. Although our university has converted to limited operations in its commitment to protect the health and safety of everyone at K-State, we remain committed to providing assistance via distance. 

Student Emergency Grant  
The Student Emergency Grant exists to assist students with academic related expenses such as additional tuition/fees assessed, outstanding university charges, etc. that were unforeseen and have financially placed the student at academic risk. Generally, a Student Emergency Grant is awarded by the Office of Student Financial Assistance to students who have exhausted available federal and state aid resources. Submit the Financial Intervention Referral Form here to be considered.

K-State Proud Award
Students who have demonstrated extreme financial need or may need temporary financial assistance may apply for this award. Special consideration is given to students whose ability to continue and persist at K-State is in jeopardy. Students must have exhausted all other forms of financial assistance. Applications may be submitted throughout the year.

Cats' Cupboard
An on-campus resource committed to prevent food insecurity from being a barrier to student success. Students may receive nutritious food and/or simple kitchen equipment by visiting the food pantry in Manhattan or Cats' Corner in Salina.

Powercat Financial
A peer counseling service where help is given on personal finance topics such as budgeting, saving, how to manage credit, student loan repayment, etc. Students may request an individual counseling appointment to receive information on these important topics.

DMSA (Diversity and Multicultural Student Affairs) Funds
Resources are made available via the DMSA scholarship fund.  A limited number of scholarships are currently available.  Contact Madaí Rivera, madai@k-state.edu, 785-532-6237 or any DMSA representative for additional information. 

Link to all COVID-19 information, updates and university guidelines.


Resources for Students

Resources for Students, Faculty & Staff

There are numerous university resources to help you attain your educational goals.

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Immigration Updates

Our goal is to provide the most current information regarding DACA and more. 

Frequently asked questions

Frequently Asked Questions

More about eligibility of resources, university, state and federal policies.