KU News Release

Feb. 25, 2011
Contact: Mike Krings, University Relations, 785-864-8860

Architecture professors earn national award for diversity in education

LAWRENCE — Bill Carswell and Hobart Jackson, associate professors of architecture at the University of Kansas, have been selected for the Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture Diversity Achievement Award 2011. They will receive the honor at the association’s annual meeting in March in Montreal.

The award “honors the work of faculty, administrators and students in creating effective methods and models to achieve greater diversity in curricula, school personnel and student bodies,” according to the association.

Carswell and Jackson direct KU’s Multicultural Architecture Scholars Program, also known as MASP. They launched the program in 2003. With startup financial assistance from a KU alumnus, and using and adapting the structure and rubrics of the School of Business Multicultural Scholars Program, they drafted a sustainable plan to increase the number of high-achieving multicultural students who graduate from the School of Architecture, Design and Planning.

“We’re grateful to Bill and Hobart for their commitment to this important program, a commitment that has endured through the eight years of MASP’s existence,” said John Gaunt, dean of the School of Architecture, Design and Planning. “This program benefits the school, the university and, most importantly, the students themselves — providing the guidance that supports their success and enriches our diversity.”

MASP customizes KU’s general Multicultural Scholars Program structure and employs three strategies for recruiting and retaining multicultural scholars: intensive academic mentoring, cultural and professional socialization and scholarship funding for MASP scholars.

Each MASP Scholar receives

— Academic mentoring sessions that cover academic skills building; crisis management advising; and study abroad and internship advice and assistance
— Social-cultural and professional development activities, including attendance at music, opera and dance performances; architectural site and office visits with professional architects; and career-preparatory workshops
— Need- and performance-determined financial scholarship with discretionary additional financial assistance for study abroad experiences or conferences (all MASP scholarship funds come from private donor sources)

After graduation, MASP scholars act as a leadership corps to be professional advisers and mentors for future multicultural high-achieving high school students who want information on the profession of architecture and educational and career paths within it.

Carswell and Jackson join David Fox of the University of Tennessee-Knoxville as this year’s recipients of the award.

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