Arts and Sciences Diversity Lecture Series Grant

Applications due Nov. 15 and Apr. 15

The College of Arts and Sciences will provide funding of $500 to $1,000 to host prominent speakers, presenters, or performers. Funding will supplement what each unit or units commit towards the speaker's visit. The speaker's activities must include a lecture or performance open to the full university community, although this lecture/performance may be aimed either at a general audience or primarily at faculty and students in the speaker's discipline. In all cases, and unless special circumstances emerge, it is expected that speakers have time assigned to meet with undergraduate and/or graduate students. Speakers' activities are expected to be listed in the unit's speaker/performance series and as part of the Arts and Sciences Diversity Series. Applications from all Arts and Sciences departments will be considered. When appropriate, partnerships with non-ArtSci units are encouraged.

Some portion of a speaker's proposed activities must address issues of diversity or multiculturalism in general or in the context of a given discipline or group of disciplines, and speakers will be given additional consideration if they belong to a group that is underrepresented in that discipline.

Upcoming deadlines:

November 15: Applicants may request funding for speakers expected to come in either the upcoming spring or fall.

April 15: As funds allow, applicants may request funding for speakers to present in either the upcoming fall or spring.

The completed application (not to exceed 2 pages) should be sent electronically in a single file to, specifying the following:

1) Host name(s), affiliated department(s), and contact information
2) Name, affiliation and area of invited speaker
3) Target date for visit
4) Short description of speaker's accomplishments, include CV and/or URL
5) Short description of the diversity, equity, inclusion/multicultural dimension of the speaker
6) Short description of activities, including importance of visit and benefit to and/or collaborations with other units
7) Estimated budget, including other funding sources

Selection criteria include:

i) Relevance of speaker as a role-model in his or her discipline
ii) Prominence of speaker
iii) Relevance of lecture (and other planned activities)
iv) Distribution of speakers across disciplinary areas
v) Other sources of support

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Diversity Lecture Series Awards

Fall 2022

  • Edmund February, professor at the University of Cape Town, South Africa, is a botanist, an advocate for human rights and equality, and one of South Africa's most iconic mountain climbers.

Fall 2016

  • Communication Studies, Soumia Bardhan, Assistant Professor
    Guest: Christopher Brown, Associate Professor of Communication Studies, Minnesota State University, Mankato; Talk Title, "Driven By Fear and Emancipated by Curiosity: The Politics of Bodily Knowledge in Personal Narratives on Race."
  • Geography, Dr. Bimal Paul and Gamma Theta Upsilon
    Guest: Francis Y. Owusu, Professor and Chair of the Department of Community and Regional Planning at Iowa State University
  • Gender, Women, and Sexuality Studies, History, Office of Diversity, Dr. Angela Hubler
    Guest: Jackie Joyner Kersee, Talk Title: "Dare to Dream"
  • Sociology, Chardie Baird, Associate Professor, Alisa Garni, Associate Professor, and Michael Miller, PhD candidate
    Guest: Adia Harvey Wingfield, Full Professor of Sociology at Washington University, St. Louis

Spring 2016

  • Modern Languages, Derek Hillard, Modern Languages Department Head
    Guest: Tiffany N. Florvil, assistant professor of 20th-Century European Women’s and Gender History, University of New Mexico

Fall 2015

  • English, Katy Karlin and Lisa Tatonetti
    Guest: Farah Jasmine Griffin Author and William B. Ransford Professor of English and Comparative literature And African American studies, Columbia University

Spring 2015

  • Art, Sarah McNutt grant representative and president of the Potters Guild at K-State
    Guest: Armando Minjarez, Activist/Artist, K-State Alumni
  • English, Karin Westman, English Department Head
    Guest: Geffrey Davis, Poet and Assistant Professor of English, University of Arkansas

Fall 2008

  • Mathematics, M. Korten & C. Moore
    Guest: Rodrigo Bañuelos, Purdue University

Spring 2008

  • Philosophy, M. Sabates
    Guest: Linda Martin-Alcoff, Hunter College

Fall 2007

  • Modern Languages, D. Benson
    Guest: Jeffrey R. William, University of Missouri
  • English, G. Eiselein and L. Al-Atheri
    Guest: Dunya Mikhail, Dearborn Public Schools
  • English, L. Tatonetti
    Guest: Chrystos, Washington
  • Biology, B. Sandercock
    Guest: Scott V. Edwards, Harvard University

Spring 2007

  • Hale Library, R. Peairs
    Guest: Banda AffroReggae, Brazil

Fall 2006

  • English, L. Rodgers
    Guest: Eric J. Sundquist, UCLA
  • Journalism, K. Baltrip
    Guest: Earnest L. Perry, Missouri School of Journalism

Spring 2006

  • Modern Languages, R. Corum
    Guest: Jarrod Hayes, University of Michigan
  • Psychology, J. Frieman
    Guest: J. Frank Yates, University of Michigan