KU News Release


March 11, 2011
Contact: Mike Krings, University Relations, 785-864-8860

KU to host first Symposium on Scholarship of Diversity on March 14 and 15

LAWRENCE — The University of Kansas will explore the research and policy implications of diversity in higher education and how diversity impacts the institutional mission, academic programs and campus community at the first Spring Symposium on the Scholarship of Diversity. The event will be held March 14 and 15 at the Kansas Union.

Sponsored by the Office of Diversity and Equity in the Office of the Provost, the symposium is open to faculty, administrators, staff, graduate students and community members with an interest in diversity and inclusion as it relates to higher education. Two nationally known scholars on the topic will present keynote addresses and several KU researchers will lead topical breakout sessions.

“We believe this was an important campus conversation that we needed to have here at KU,” said Fred Rodriguez, interim associate vice provost of diversity and equity and executive director of the Multicultural Scholars Program. “The symposium is designed to encourage faculty, administrators and graduate students to learn, explore and share what we can do, not only as a university, but within our own academic units to have a more open climate and acceptance for diversity.”

Rodriguez will kick off the proceedings at 3 p.m. March 14 with a welcome. Daryl Smith, professor of education and psychology at Claremont Graduate University, will present the first keynote address. A nationally known scholar, Smith will discuss the importance of diversity for institutional viability. Following Smith’s presentation, a number of KU scholars will provide an informal research poster session.

The symposium’s second day will begin with a series of breakout sessions. Topics will include best practices in faculty mentoring, diversifying curriculum, supporting diversity through institutional policy change and faculty perspectives on diversity and the institutional climate.

Sheila O’Rourke, professor and assistant provost for academic affairs at the University of California-Berkeley, will conclude the session with the second keynote address. She will address the topic of incorporating diversity into the university mission.

The symposium is free, but registration is required. To register, visit www.diversity.ku.edu.


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