Through engagement in DEIB work, we join others committed to building KU workplaces and learning environments that welcome all people. Our engagement expands opportunities for KU faculty, staff, and students to learn from each other, create and apply new knowledge, and have an impact in the world. Working together, we can build relationships that make it possible to strengthen inclusion and belonging on our campus, and in the world.
Key Questions to Consider
- What groups or units do we hope will participate in strengthening KU’s DEIB efforts?
- How can each stakeholder—administrators, faculty and staff, students, local partners—be meaningfully engaged in each aspect of the DEIB effort (i.e., assessment, planning, action, evaluation)?
- Have key people been participating; including those from historically disadvantaged groups and those who have responsibility for advancing DEIB? If not fully, how can we better connect and encourage participation?
- What guiding principles (e.g., inclusion, equity) and strengths (e.g., resources, networks) can help build trust and relationships among those working together for DEIB?
- What structures will make DEIB work easier and more rewarding for administrators, faculty and staff, students, and partners?
Some Recommended Actions
- Identify what groups or units (e.g., KU schools and programs; administrative units, partners) we hope to engage in strengthening KU’s DEIB efforts.
- Reach out through trusted people, organizations, and networks.
- Communicate the need and benefits of being involved in DEIB work.
- Improve peoples’ abilities to be involved in DEIB work (e.g., provide information, skill training, technical support).
- Establish and use guiding principles (e.g., inclusion, equity,) and assets (e.g., resources, networks, opportunities, experience and diversity on campus) to build trust and relationships among those working together for DEIB.
- Establish an environment and support structures to make DEIB work easier and more rewarding. (Some considerations to be addressed: time, effort, cost, and location; ensuring respectful interactions; making DEIB work rewarding.)
— Jasmine Moore, MBSP Alumna
Examples of Engagement
- KU School of Business- Recent engagement events include the student-led IMPACT Conference and the Multicultural Business Scholars Program. These two programs address systemic inequality and open opportunities for all Jayhawks to thrive.
- KU School of Theatre & Dance- The production of the Cabaret musical explores issues of antisemitism, ethnic difference, and gender identity for 21st century audiences.
- Center for Sexuality and Gender Diversity– Programs that open opportunities for LBGTQIA+ students, staff, and faculty to thrive at KU.
Resources to Help You Engage
Engagement Tools from the Community Tool Box
- Toolkit: Creating and Maintaining Coalitions and Partnerships
- Toolkit: Increasing Participation and Membership
- Toolkit: Enhancing Cultural Competence
- Chapter 6: Communications to Promote Interest
- Chapter 7: Encouraging Involvement in Community Work
- Chapter 14: Core Functions in Leadership
- Chapter 27: Working Together for Racial Justice and Inclusion
- Chapter 27, Section 2: Building Relationships with People from Different Cultures
- Chapter 27, Section 8: Multicultural Collaboration
- Troubleshooting Guide: There is not enough community participation
- Troubleshooting Guide: There is no clear direction or communication with the group
Engagement Resources from KU and Other Sources
- Office of Diversity, Equity, Inclusion & Belonging (DEIB)
- The Robert J. Dole Institute of Politics
- Lied Center of Kansas
- Center for Teaching Excellence
- The Commons
- The Hall Center for the Humanities
- Kansas African Studies Center
- Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies
- Emily Taylor Center for Women & Gender Equity
- Lt. Gen. William K. Jones Military-Affiliated Student Center
- Accessible KU