Delivering on a Promise: Strides Toward a Stronger KU
Understanding. Respect. Success. Three aims we all pursue as individuals. And yet, some of us at the University of Kansas regularly face hurdles that hinder or prevent us from attaining these basic human goals.
Last fall, the KU community took part in forums, protests, and meetings that delivered a stark reminder of work we need to continue to advance. You expressed deep concerns about the many ways in which we have failed to provide an inclusive environment for all to live, learn, work, innovate, and grow. We heard you; we heard each other. We promised to provide a list of action items to ensure members of the KU community are understood, accepted, and successful in their individual pursuits. Today we are sharing with you the first iteration of coordinated diversity and inclusion activities at KU. The actions are categorized into four main areas:
- Communication and accountability
- Education and training
- Recruitment and retention
- Campus-wide strategic framework.
The activities will accelerate our efforts to create a climate that fosters respect and inclusion consistent with our Bold Aspirations strategic plan.
This must be a living document that incorporates your contributions and transforms as needs change. Last year we saw the nation grapple with issues surrounding race, calls to ban immigrants based solely on religion, marriage equality, sexual orientation and gender identity, and more.
Activities at KU must be grounded in respect for others if we are to achieve our goals.
I genuinely want to know what you think about these action items. What hits the mark? What needs improvement? The action items webpage provides a link so you can share your thoughts — anonymously if you choose — with me and others who will lead efforts to improve the culture at KU.
Through our continuing involvement and commitment we can eliminate hurdles and support more students, faculty, and staff in their professional and academic journeys.
- The KU Climate Study to assess the living, learning, and working environment on our multiple campuses is underway. The process begins with small group discussions of selected individuals that will help shape a survey that all will be invited to complete. You can learn more about the process on the KU Climate Study website.