The College of Education’s longstanding commitment to diversity can be seen throughout the collective work of its departments, centers, and programs since the early 1990s.
With the leadership and support of Dean Debbie Mercer, the College of Education has built upon this legacy with new innovative programs and augmentations to existing programs that enhance diversity – within the college, the university, the state, and the region.
Guiding these initiatives is the vision statement for the college: "Preparing educators to be knowledgeable, ethical, caring decision makers, in a diverse and changing world." While there are numerous noteworthy programs and initiatives going on in the college, we encourage you to read about some of our key efforts below.
Professional Development Opportunities
The COE has a proud history of providing professional development opportunities – in the form of summer institutes, book studies, guest lectures, and workshops – for faculty, staff, graduate teaching assistants, and students.
Recruitment and Retention of Diverse Students and Faculty
The College of Education strongly believes that a “a diverse and changing world” requires the efforts and perspectives of individuals from different backgrounds and identities. To affirm our vision statement, the College draws from a number of offices and initiatives to recruit and retain talented individuals from diverse backgrounds.
This guide and the resources provided with it exist to help K-State faculty engage in difficult and necessary conversations, to serve all of our students and to fully realize our Principles of Community.
Important Dates and Events
Exciting and educational events promoting diversity and inclusion are happening all around us! K-State and the College of Education lead the way celebrating these important occasions.
- Wildcat Dialogues (September 21, 2020)
- 14th Annual Midwest Halo Encuentro (October 6, 2020)
- Indigenous Peoples’ Day Conference (October 12, 2020)
- KSUnite (October 13, 2020)
- MLK Observance Week (February 1-5, 2021)
- Beyond Envisioning Equity: Situating Teachers’ of Color Voices Virtual Conference (March 5-6, 2021)
- Lavender Graduation (May 2, 2021)
- Council for Public School Improvement (CPSI) Effective Schools Conference Series (Throughout the school year)
- International Coffee Hour (Monthly throughout the school year)
- Ongoing list of KSU Diversity Events
Visit the Diversity Calendar to see all of the important dates and events that are happening here at K-State, locally, nationally, and internationally! Do you know of an important date or event that should be added to the calendar? If so, please feel free to contact Diversity Coordinator Nick Gallivan at firstname.lastname@example.org to have them added to the list!
Pedro Espinoza, Diversity Point Person – email@example.com
Pedro is currently a Teaching Assistant Professor in the College of Education. As the College of Education Diversity Point Person, Pedro is responsible for a number of duties related to the college’s strategic planning of diversity and inclusion initiatives. In this position, Pedro also acts as the liaison between the College and the President’s Commission on Multicultural Affairs, where he collaborates with Diversity Point People from across the University to set diversity goals and policies, under the guidance of the University’s Chief Diversity and Inclusion Officer. Pedro has served as the College’s Diversity Point Person since 2018.
Nick Gallivan, Graduate Diversity Coordinator – firstname.lastname@example.org
Nick is currently a 4th year graduate student in the Department of Psychological Sciences, working toward his Ph.D. in Social & Personality Psychology. As the College of Education’s Graduate Diversity Coordinator, Nick is responsible for representing the college at diversity-related meetings and events around campus and helping to guide the college’s diversity-related initiatives, under the guidance of the college’s Diversity Point Person. Among other duties, he publishes the college’s monthly Diversity Highlights, serves on the college’s Diversity for Community Committee, and moderates the College’s Social Justice Book Study series for COE students and staff. Nick has served as the college’s Graduate Diversity Coordinator since 2017.