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Diversity in the College

In the College of Human Ecology, we value nothing more highly than our commitment to diversity. We celebrate that we live on a planet with many cultures, many ethnicities and many other expressions of the diverse richness of humanity.

From scholarship and research programs for diverse students, to international partnerships, to sensitivity for the concerns of all students, we are continually trying to support what people need, no matter what their particular situation may be. This is who we are, and it's what we do.

Think about the College’s core value: “In a world focused on things, we focus first on people.” From our beginnings, we have been dedicated to meeting human needs. And over time, we have reached more and more frequently beyond the borders of our state and even the boundaries of our country. We are now engaged in research, teaching and outreach that impact the entire world. We hope you will join us in this calling and add your enthusiasm to ours!

Embracing Diversity in the College

The term "diversity" means more than just acknowledging and/or tolerating difference. Recognizing diversity not only involves how people perceive themselves, but how they perceive others. Those perceptions affect their interactions. Embracing diversity is a set of conscious practices that involve:

  • Understanding and appreciating interdependence of humanity, cultures, and the natural environment.
  • Practicing mutual respect for qualities and experiences that are different from our own.
  • Understanding that diversity includes not only ways of being but also ways of knowing.
  • Recognizing that personal, cultural and institutionalized discrimination creates and sustains privileges for some while creating and sustaining disadvantages for others.
  • Building alliances across differences so that we can work together to eradicate all forms of discrimination.

Honoring diversity includes knowing how to relate to those qualities and conditions that are different from our own and outside the groups to which we belong, yet are present in other individuals and groups. These include but are not limited to age, ethnicity, socioeconomic status, gender, physical and cognitive abilities/qualities, race, sexual orientation, gender expression, religious beliefs, political beliefs, educational background, geographical location, national origin, tenure, organizational roles, marital status, parental status, and life experiences. We acknowledge that categories of difference are not always fixed but also fluid, respect individual rights to self-identification, and recognize that no one culture is intrinsically superior to another.

Furthermore, embracing diversity includes realizing that everyone is diminished if all are not represented. It includes acknowledging how much is lost to all of us when we do not include everyone, how much more enriching all of our lives are if everyone is represented. A synergy occurs where the sum is equal to greater than the parts when we are all “at the table” or represented. Moreover, a result of recognizing diversity is that we are all changed. We are not “helping” others, but rather are being helped and transformed ourselves as part of the process.

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Madai Rivera, Academic Services & Diversity Coordinator, can answer any questions you might have about K-State or the College of Human Ecology. You can also call the College at (785) 532-5500 if you’d like to talk with someone. We’d love to hear from you!

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College of Human Ecology
Kansas State University
119 Justin Hall
Manhattan, Kansas 66506
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