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Diversity in the College

The College of Arts and Sciences offers programing, scholarships and resources for students and faculty in order to foster, encourage and promote diversity. Led by our diversity committee, we take great care in helping all students thrive while in the college and to build a foundation as they prepare to enter the professional world. History of the committee.

See the College of Arts and Sciences AntiRacist Statement

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Recommendations for Action from the College of Arts and Sciences Diversity Committee: Download Document 

The Diversity Committee of the College of Arts and Sciences calls the K-State community at large to action in addressing the increased demonstrations of intolerance observed at K-State over the past year.

Working Definition of Diversity

We understand diversity as including, but not limited to, race, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, language, culture, religion, mental and physical ability, age, socio-economic status, citizenship status and immigration status.

Understanding of Diversity

The College of Arts and Sciences seeks to foster diversity in a commitment to recruit, retain and resource peoples historically under-represented in university education in the United States. Fostering diversity goes beyond increasing the numbers of under-represented students, faculty and staff. It also includes a commitment to substantial curricular offerings, resources, and programming that foregrounds the knowledges, perspectives, cultures, and histories of marginalized communities. A truly diverse college culture and structure will benefit all members of the university community to better serve and excel in an increasingly global and multicultural world.

In honor of Black History Month, check out this video from the K-State Alumni Association: "The journey toward success is never done alone. Let's celebrate Black History Month and speak the names of K-Staters who impact generations." 

2020 Civil Rights Teach-In

In January, College of Arts and Sciences faculty members had powerful discussions regarding teaching and research as it pertains to the pressing social issues of today and the legacy of activism at Kansas State University and beyond. 

Professor Douglas K. Benson Award

The Professor Douglas K. Benson Award is a $1,000 student scholarship for the 2019-2020 academic year. Eligible candidates are currently enrolled full time students in the College of Arts and Sciences with a 3.0 GPA or higher. The scholarship recipient must attend K-State as undergraduate student during the 2019-2020 academic year, and have made contributions to diversity on campus. Students who wish to apply for this award must submit: a resume that includes contact information, degree pursued, cumulative GPA, year in school, and examples of scholarships, awards, activities, and work experience. Students are also required to submit a form of expression (essay, picture, drawing, dance, music, etc.) and a 150-200 word summary of the student's appreciation for diversity in a global world. The deadline for applications is March 29th at 4 pm. For a biography on Professor Benson and full application details, please click here.

2019 Winner

  • Chelsea Turner, American Ethnic Studies and Theatre

Provost Taber's What Matters to Me and Why Lecture

On Thursday, February 28, 2019, Provost Charles Taber gave a What Matters to Me and Why lecture at the Staley School of Leadership Studies. Watch Provost Taber's address here.

Difficult Dialogues Talk

Difficult dialogues around race: A pathway from Non-racism to Anti-racism, presented by Andrew Wefald, Kimathi Choma, Jessica Elmore & Cliff Hight. Watch the talk here.

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Kimathi Choma

Kimathi Choma
Assistant Dean of Diversity, Recruitment, and Retention
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 The Teaching & Learning Center compiled eight videos of K-State faculty, staff and administrators who are 1st Gen themselves and captured their advice and experience. These are wonderfully helpful resources for students and faculty who are first generation students or will be working with some who are. Click to view.