College of Liberal Arts & Sciences

An Introduction by Professor Jennifer Hamer, Acting Vice-Provost of Diversity & Equity

What is Diversity?  
The College is committed to providing an environment where differences strengthen our entire community and provide the foundation for equitable opportunities and successful outcomes for all. Our definition of “diversity” encompasses acceptance and respect for each other. We are multiracial, multiethnic, and multicultural and we recognize there are inequalities and privileges generated by those differences which include race, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, socio-economic status, age, physical abilities and religious beliefs. By affirming the complexities of our histories, cultures, and experiences, we move toward a fuller understanding of ourselves and each other.
What is Equity?
The College is committed to policies, processes, practices, and programs that appreciate difference and create fair, safe, and just learning, working, and living environments for students, staff, and faculty.
What is Inclusion?
The College is committed to providing a context in which all students, staff, and faculty, receive respect and opportunity for intellectual growth and professional development for careers, service to the public, and democratic participation in a diverse society, regardless of social, cultural and economic background and experience.


In the College of Liberal Arts & Sciences at the University of Kansas, we understand that an equitable and safe multiracial, multiethnic, and multicultural environment produces innovative thinking, research, and learning.  

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We have developed a plan that will guide our efforts in transforming our approach to diversity, equity, and inclusion. 

"Taking Leadership on Who and What Matters: The Plan to Build a Model Diverse, Equitable, and Inclusive College of Liberal Arts & Sciences​" lays out key values around which the College will focus our goals and actions over the next five years:

Recruitment and retention policies and practices that create and maintain a staff, faculty, and student body that is more representative of state, national, and world demographic trends.

Curriculum that emphasizes equitable and inclusive learning and classroom environments, approaches, and content.

Academic programs and services that create a holistic approach to equitable and inclusive student success, including services that promote student health and wellbeing.

Professional development and advancement policies and practices for faculty and staff that create an intentionally holistic approach to career trajectories.

This plan is a living, evolving document and we welcome your feedback. Please click here to email us your comments, or offer anonymous feedback here.

DEI Mission: The College is committed to developing and implementing a plan to transform the College into an exemplary diverse, equitable, and inclusive learning and workplace environment for all students, staff, and faculty.

DEI Vision: We seek to provide an environment for learning and working where differences are valued and each person in the College community is supported and offered an equitable opportunity to achieve their academic and professional goals.


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