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April 21, 2017

Update from Multicultural Student Center planning group

Submitted by Multicultural Student Center planning group

An update from the Multicultural Student Center planning group:

Thank you to all the groups who have participated in the first step of collecting campus input. There is still time to participate, as the group survey closes today. The survey link was shared with all registered student organizations via OrgSync, and to deans, directors and department heads via the leadership listserv. The next opportunity to provide input is with the individual survey which will be open to all members of the K-State community May 1, and will close May 12.

In addition to the group and individual surveys responses, the planning group has reviewed documents and previous research, and is seeking perspectives from corporate partners as well. Our aim is to articulate from this learning a compelling vision, purpose statement and plan that further refines the proposed outcomes and opportunities of this center.

Reminder: The group survey closes today. We anticipate the individual survey to open May 1, close May 12, and that our group's recommendations will be shared with the senior leadership team the week of May 22. We continue to work steadily and inclusively to meet our charge and our timeline.

"All the efforts put forth by the Multicultural Student Center committee have been tremendous," said Shelbey Taylor, junior in animal sciences and industry. "I am humbled to be representing the Native American Student Association and working alongside such outstanding people. I have learned so much more about diversity and inclusion, and its importance here at Kansas State University. However, we would like to learn more from others on our campus as well, and are all highly anticipating the information we will gain from the survey that was sent out April 5. There is still a ways to go, but there is indeed progress being made. I cannot wait to see what the future for the center, and Kansas State holds."

"I am very much enjoying and learning from my experience as a member of the Multicultural Student Center committee," said Lori Goetsch, dean of K-State Libraries. "The members are inspiring — especially the students! — and we have had deep and sometimes difficult dialog about the role and purpose of the center. Everyone has been open, thoughtful and honest in expressing their views which I believe is going to get us to an outcome that will be great for K-State."

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