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Understanding Diversity & Social Justice

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Last night a grand jury in New York made the decision not to indict an officer for the choking death of Eric Garner. This decision followed closely behind the non-indictment of the shooting death of Michael Brown in Ferguson, MO. We in the Office of Multicultural Affairs acknowledge that both of these decisions have left many of us in the KU community frustrated, sad, and afraid. We acknowledge that racism, racial profiling, and police brutality is very real and has negative impacts in our communities and in our world. We recognize that there is disproportionate impact in communities of color leaving parents without children and children without parents. We recognize that we live in a country that is not accustomed to or comfortable with talking about the dynamics of race.

As we are an office committed to the ideals of social justice, we open our space to those in the community looking to process these decisions, discuss the realities of racism in our country, and support those interested in creating inclusive and safe environments for all.

We are inspired by our students speaking out against injustice through their peaceful protests and are open to conversations or answering questions of those community members interested in learning more. We are a resource for all students, faculty, and staff and are continually recommitting to our own mission to provide social justice education and inclusive learning environments. Together we can continue to make our community a better place to live, work, and learn.


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Congratulations to Drew Carlburg and Vicky Reyes, former Hawk Link Guides in the OMA, for their nomination for the ExC.E.L. Award (Excellence in Community, Education and Leadership Awards at the University of Kansas)!


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Multicultural Education Fund Applications are now available.


We have a new OMA Fall 2014 Calendar! Make sure to check back for updated times, locations, and events.


We have updated Mission, Vision, and Pillars!


Job Opening: College Access Mentor Kansas Kids @ GEAR UP is a federally funded college access program designed to help youth from limited-income families and youth in foster care prepare for post-secondary education. This position will primarily work in Lawrence but will also include occasional travel to surrounding cities (near Lawrence & Kansas City, KS). To Apply: Send a resume and cover letter to: cathy.crist@wichita.edu

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Blane Harding presents This workshop took place at the University of Kansas (KU) campus on Wednesday, August 6, 2014. Blane Harding, Director of the Office of Multicultural Affairs at KU, spoke to the audience about how cultural awareness of domestic diversity develops into cultural competence. Increasing cultural competency allows people to have a better understanding of diverse populations, increased credibility, strengthened relationships, and greater trust and effectiveness. The end result of connecting with diverse students is increased retention, persistence, and graduation rates.


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