What does antiracism look like on Campus?
The following are a list of campus-wide organizations, programs, and initiatives focusing on issues of diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging.
The purpose of the African Student Union is to help new African Students adjust to life on campus, create better understanding of AFRICA through speeches, publications, films, forums, andcelebrate properly and effectively all important African nationalfestival and events.
We are members of the K-State Latinx community actively supporting educational access, equity, representation and belonging. Alianza provides advice to the Provost and other campus officials on matters of concern to Latinos for the benefit of the entire University. Interactions with Latinx student organizations are frequent. By sustaining lines of communication with the wider community and with other affinity groups, Alianza provides a resource for its members, for other affinity groups, and for all members of the K-State Community.
The purpose of this organization is to foster unity and supportfor all Asian and Asian-American students on campus; toprovide awareness of Asian cultures to Kansas State University faculty, administrators, students and community; to provide ameans by which Asian and Asian-American students canbecome more visible to the Kansas State University community; and to create an atmosphere that promotes and teaches theequality of diverse people.
The Black Faculty and Staff Alliance is an organization that strives to bring together individuals who have an active interest in promoting racial equity at Kansas State University. This alliance is also interested in furthering the success of black faculty, staff and students. Learn more on their website.
The mission of the Black Student Union is to focus on the development ofthe Kansas State community by advancing academic excellence, political action, and the leadership of Black students, while promoting Black culture across all aspects of life. The Black Student Union has been named the Most Outstanding BSU in the Big 12 for 13 out of the last 15 years!
Brief History of Ebony Theatre: Ebony Theatre was founded by students as a student organization in 1972 to offer opportunities to share the work of Black playwrights. Through the years, the organization has produced full main stage and second stage productions, stage readings of award-winning plays and new works, offered opportunities for student directors, funded student opportunities to work with guest BIPOC directors and actors and in 2017 began a monthly First Friday event featuring musicians, lecturers, poetry readings, dance performances and a wide variety of activities open to all K-State students. Most recently, Ebony Theatre partnered with the K-State Theatre program to produce the main stage production of Sweat by two-time Pulitzer prize winning playwright Lynn Nottage. They have also featured works by famous K-State alumnus, Nathan Louis Jackson writer of the plays Broke-ology, When I Come to Die, Sticky Traps and writer/producer of television shows Resurrection, Luke Cage and Thirteen Reasons Why to name a few.
The Gender Collective is an organization designed to provide a venue forindividuals who are transgender, cross-gender, intersex, androgynous, gendervariant, or otherwise involved in activities, expressions, or presentation that isdivergent from their birth-assigned sex. We come together to engage inoutreach and educational efforts for the Kansas State University faculty, staff,and students and Manhattan community to promote a better understandingand acceptance of gender diversity, expression, and identity issues.
Since its establishment, HALO has increased itspresence on the Kansas State campus and continues to focuson the 5 pillars of: Leadership Development, CulturalAwareness, Community Outreach, Political Activism and Unity.The mission of HALO is to promote the Latino culture withincampus and throughout Manhattan as a whole. Our goals areaimed to create student leaders that will uphold the well-beingof the community and the student body while maintainingacademic excellence.
The Indigenous Faculty and Staff Alliance is K-State's affinity group for Native American, First Nations, and Indigenous peoples. The organization was created in 2015 to address the need for support, growth, and greater visibility of Indigenous people, nations, and perspectives on K-State’s campus, Kansas, and beyond. This includes incorporating Indigenous knowledges and methodologies into both the academy and campus life. Given that not only K-State, but also every university in the U.S. is on Indigenous lands, the recognition that America’s history begins and continues through Indigenous contexts is essential. Kansas State is on the ancestral lands of the Kansa (Kaw people) and Kansas is the home of four tribal nations: the Iowa, Kickapoo, Prairie Band Pottawatomie, and Sac and Fox.
Our mission, then, is to create decolonized spaces at the university and increase the presence, promotion, and support of Indigenous faculty, staff, and students at K-State.
Kansas State University is a land-grant, public research University committed to teaching and learning, research, and service to the people of Kansas, the nation, and the world. We believe our collective mission is best accomplished when every member of the University community acknowledges and practices certain principles. See K-State's Principles of Community, which are endorsed by the following University governance bodies:
- Student Governing Association
- Graduate Student Council
- Graduate Council
- Faculty Senate
- University Support Staff Senate
- President's Cabinet
- Provost Charles Taber
- President Richard Linton
The LGBT Resource Center at Kansas State University is dedicated to supporting Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender (LGBT) students, staff, and faculty and allied members of our campus and surrounding communities to be more secure, educated, and productive in their personal and professional surroundings.
Each January, College of Arts and Sciences faculty members lead 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. Watch the 2022 Teach-In.
The Morris Family Multicultural Student Center is your hub for intercultural learning and collaborative initiatives.
Located immediately east of the K-State Student Union, the Center offers an opportunity for people of all cultures, backgrounds and identities to explore their cultural origins, engage in meaningful cross-cultural interactions and broaden perspectives. The Center will enrich our learning environment and foster an inclusive, welcoming atmosphere that promotes student academic success, personal empowerment and contributes to the overall culture of K-State and Manhattan communities. The Center rejects racism, homophobia, xenophobia, and all other forms of discrimination.
Diversity and Multicultural Student Affairs engages and supports more than 40 Multicultural Student Organizations. These organizations represent our historically underrepresented domestic students. MSOs provide multiple opportunities for all students to gain leadership skills, learn about academic resources, and become culturally aware.
The Department of Social Transformation Studies also hosts multicultural and diverse student organizations, check out their website to see how you can get involved.
The Kansas State University Native American Student Body is a multicultural organization, which gives Native American, Indigenous, First Nations students a sense of community & promotes diversity and affirmation of identity on the K-State campus through interaction with community and by bringing incultural events where the community can be exposed to Native American/ Indigenous / First Nations leaders, artists, and issues.
oSTEM is a national society dedicated to educating and fostering leadershipfor LGBTQA communities in the STEM fields. Kansas State University is proudto provide a nurturing, caring, and safe environment for our entire lesbian, gay,bisexual, transgender, or queer students. The mission of oSTEM @ K-State isto Increase the representation of LGBTQ+ persons in STEM fields, Foster amore open and welcoming environment within STEM fields at K-State, Exposethe LGBTQ+ community at K-State to professional development andnetworking opportunities in STEM, & Highlight contributions LGBTQ+individuals have made in STEM disciplines.
The Sexuality and Gender Alliance (SAGA) of Kansas State University is agroup committed to the ideals of equality, acceptance, tolerance, and diversity. We strive to provide a unique experience and place of acceptanceto all persons of interest, whether you’re questioning your identity, in theprocess of coming out, out and proud, or a straight ally. The Sexuality and Gender Alliance welcomes all individuals that support those that belong to the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer community. We endeavor to educate and reach out to the K-State and Manhattan community about homophobia, transphobia, gender identity, sexual orientation, and the history of different LGBT groups and movements.