October 14, 2020
KSUnite speakers, participants deserve thanks
Dear students, faculty and staff,
In a year where not much has been ordinary, those who participated in this week's KSUnite virtual sessions were able to hear extraordinary messages about diversity and inclusion. Perspectives were offered from a scholarly, practitioner and lived experience lens. Please accept the university's heartfelt thanks for sharing personal stories and working to improve our university climate.
Due to COVID-19 the entire event was held virtually, which presented some challenges from past events. Participants faced adversity in the form of multiple significant disruptions in many of the sessions. Our moderators, hosts and technology teams deserve praise for their actions to regain control of the sessions and continue to deliver messages of progress and hope.
Our goal was to provide open, honest dialogue about issues surrounding diversity and inclusion. We heard many powerful examples that give us opportunities for personal and institutional growth. Let's continue to build on what was shared and create more bridges of understanding and respect.
State universities have a role in creating the conditions necessary for free exchange, participation in a democracy, and graduates will leave our university with a civic-minded perspective. We commit to providing spaces (virtual and in-person) for faculty and staff to advance more equitable and inclusive teaching, research, and service. Our historically marginalized groups must be allowed to participate in all university activities free from dignity harm or the threat of violence.
Again, we thank those who persevered and represented Kansas State University with respect and dignity. The university is reviewing the source and timeline of the disruptions and will address these in subsequent communications.
Chief Diversity and Inclusion Officer
Richard B. Myers