Subcommittee on Students

As a student-centric university, KSU is dedicated to cultivating a rich and intellectually stimulating environment where all members of our campus community learn to tackle racial inequities head on. Students like faculty are central to the life of an institution. However, some students face unique challenges to their ability to navigate, thrive and succeed in KSU’s learning environment. There has been a history of racial incidents and racial tensions for students of color.

Upon review of all relevant data, the Subcommittee emerged with four general themes related to issues and concerns of race among KSU students: programs, communications, student success, and equity, diversity, and inclusion training.

Based on its research, the Subcommittee on Students submits the following recommendations.

Programs:

  • Host diversity-based events, lectures, townhalls, and trainings during days and times easily accessible to students.
  • Foster partnerships, dialogue, and collaborations. Elevate campus stakeholders and people who represent the diversity of our students in diversity discussions, engage student organizations in partnerships, and involve all students in these dialogues for increased understanding.
  • Pursue more diverse students in majors that do not typically reflect a diverse student body.

Communications:

  • Report and manage racial incidents using clear reporting guidelines.
  • Include a diversity and inclusion statement within syllabi as well as inclusive curricular guidance to increase topics discussed regarding race, gender, sexual orientation, and other similar matters.
  • Invite diverse speakers to participate in first-year convocation, graduate, and first-year student orientation.
  • Foster dialogue among and across student groups or external visitors who may differ broadly in perspectives.

Student success:

  • Provide first-generation support services and training to faculty, staff, and administrators to ensure the success of first-generation students.
  • Offer targeted and intentional advising support for students from underrepresented groups to share information such as life skills, financial advising, and more to support student progression and graduation.

Equity, diversity, and inclusion training:

  • Develop comprehensive equity, diversity, and inclusion training programs for students to include intercultural competencies, anti-discriminatory training programs, understanding of rights and responsibilities, and best practices for engaging law enforcement, among other topics.
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