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Diversity and Multicultural Student Affairs

Student Life


Diversity & Multicultural Student Life enriches the K-State student experience by promoting a holistic approach to student success and development. We strive to affirm the diverse identities of students through:

  • Supporting historically marginalized and underrepresented students and their organizations 
  • Providing culturally relevant student programming
  • Offering opportunities for intercultural student learning & engagement
  • Fostering an environment where ALL students have a sense of belonging

Multicultural student organizations

Diversity and Multicultural Student Affairs engages and supports over 40 Multicultural Student Organizations. MSOs provide multiple opportunities for all students to gain leadership skills, learn about academic resources, and become culturally aware.

Fall 2020 Upcoming Programs


K-State Culturally: Becoming a Foreign Service Officer Virtual Session

Looking for a profession that could take you around the world? Looking for Grad school financial support? Have a desire to make a global impact with your career? Join us as we partner with the Alumni Association to K-State alumna Yolonda Kerney. She will share her K-State experience and her experience as a Foreign Services Officer. This is a session you don’t want to miss!

Land Acknowledgements and Why We do Them

Have you ever wondered why do Land Acknowledgements at the beginning of major university programs? DMSA Director of Intercultural Learning & Academic Success, Dr. Debra Bolton will be engaging us on the significance of land acknowledgements. She will guide us through the origin, the various types and why we acknowledge the practice.




Taking Over the Polls: A guide to Voter Registration

Elections are November 3rd, are you prepared to vote? Join us for a session to learn more on the voter registration process.

Still a Good Time for the Truth: Race in America

Educator, artist and author 신 선 영 Sun Yung Shin, will guide us in a facilitated conversation on the ongoing tensions of race and racism in America. We hope that you are able to join us in this timely and much needed conversation.

Diversity Dialogue: Culture Vulture! A Conversation on Cultural Appropriation

Thought it was a good idea to wear that Native headdress to the costume party? Maybe you're covered with Chinese tattoos? Or you've "discovered" bonnets and box braids? We all have good intentions when it comes to admiring and honoring someone else's culture. But where do we draw the line to avoid cultural appropriation. Join us for this enriching dialogue.

K-State Proud Information Session

K-State Proud, the university’s largest student-led fundraising campaign, will be hosting an informational workshop with DMSA. This workshop will cover financial resources available to students during COVID-19 through K-State Proud Student Opportunity Awards, how to be involved with K-State Proud, and ways to serve the K-State Community even during the pandemic.

Cats of Culture: Career Series

DMSA and The Education Abroad office will be partnering to host the Cats of Culture Career Series. This is a 3 part series focusing on the benefits of international education. Students can learn from KSU alumni and community members about how international education (research, study, interning, and more) impacted their professional careers! We’re also excited to announce that if students attend all 3 events, they will be entered to receive a passport scholarship! There are 5 awards available, which will cover the fee for a passport application and photos. Students are notrequired to start a study abroad application. Our first session will feature Kerri Coburn. Kerri is the Vice President of American Modern Insurance Group, and she will be speaking on her own international education experience and how it has helped her excel in her career.


DMSA Open House

The open house allows for both new and returning students to engage and learn more about how to get connected to programs, resources & Multicultural Student Organizations!

  • Time: Monday, August 17th & Tuesday, August 18th  10:00am to 2:00pm
  • Location: KSU Union 003

Diversity Dialogue: The Role of Student Activism for Social Change

Students have played a pivotal role in challenging systemic racism throughout history. Join us in a virtual discussion as we unpack the concept of "student activist" and what that looks like today. 

Building Inclusive Organizations

Have you ever heard anyone use the phrase, “I just don’t know if they will fit in”? Creating a culture of “fitting in” enhances practices of exclusion. Join us as we explore the concept of unconscious bias and embracing differences for organizational growth. 

Hispanic Heritage Month Kickoff

Stop into the courtyard as we kickoff the start of Hispanic Heritage Month! This is a come and go event and face masks are required.

  • Time: Tuesday, September 15, 2020, 11:30am to 1:00pm
  • Location: KSU Union Courtyard

Wildcat Dialogues: Engaging in Meaningful Dialogues to Create a Community of Belonging at K-State

Join all new and first-year K-State students for a night of meaningful dialogue and building connections.

  • Time: Monday, September 21, 2020, 7:00pm to 9:00pm
  • Location: Register Here

Hispanic Heritage Month Panel: ¡Si Se Puede: Setting Educational Goals to Achieve our Dreams!

This virtual panel discussion will address the challenges of navigating college campuses as a Hispanic/Latino student.

Diversity Dialogue: DACA, All Facts No Cap

This collaboration with the Hispanic American Leadership Organization (HALO) will engage in a community conversation on what the Dream Act is and who are the Dreamers

Day of Remembrance: Say Their Names

In light of the recent Louisville, Kentucky, grand jury ruling related to the killing of Breonna Taylor, the Chief Diversity & Inclusion Officer, and the Associate Vice President for Student Life, Diversity & Multicultural Student Affairs cordially invite you to a Day of Remembrance: Say Their Names event. This event will include a come-and-go vigil as an opportunity to reflect and pay your respects, followed by an evening film screening and discussion. Face mask are required for this event.

Time: Wednesday, September 30, 2020

  • Vigil, 11:00am to 4:00pm, KSU Union Courtyard
  • “The Killing of Breonna Taylor” documentary screening and discussion 5:00pm to 7:00pm, KSU Union Forum Hall  


King legacy

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., a nationally known civil rights activist and Nobel Peace Prize recipient, visited Kansas State University on Jan. 19, 1968. The university community is proud of our connection to Dr. King and has many resources about his message, visit and impact available.