Diversity Initiatives


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

Our College 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, Faculty and Staff

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.

Faculty Guide for Difficult Conversations

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.

16th Annual Midwest HALO Encuentro

Tuesday, October 4, 2022 8:30 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. K-State Campus

Let’s Talk Art: Artist Fidencio Fifield-Perez on Maps, Borders, and Migration

Thursday, October 6, 2022 5:30 – 6:00 p.m. Beach Museum of Art

Indigenous Kansas: Past, Present, and Future

Monday, October 10, 2022 9:00 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. KSU Alumni Center

Wildcat Dialogues

Tuesday, November 1, 2022 6:30 – 8:30 p.m. Virtual

KSUnite- Journey to Justice: Bridging Distances and Differences

Monday, November, 14-Wednesday, November 16, 2022 K-State Campus and Virtual

Martin Luther King Observance Week

Monday, January 23-Friday, January 27, 2023 K-State Campus

Commerce Bank and W.T. Kemper Foundation Presidential Awards for Diversity

Tuesday, January 24, 2023 3:30 – 5:00 p.m. Alumni Center Banquet Room

MLK Presidential Lecture

Thursday, January 26, 2023 11:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. Alumni Center Ballroom

Annual Brown Bag Lunch

Friday, January 27, 2023 11:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. K-State Student Union

Laying of the Wreaths and Candlelight Ceremony

Thursday, January 26 - Friday, January 27, 2023 1:30 p.m. Student Union/MLK Jr. Bust

10th Black Student Union Leadership Conference

Tuesday, February 7, 2023 9:00 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. K-State Student Union

Council for Public School Improvement (CPSI)

Throughout entire school year On Campus & Virtual

Ongoing list of KSU Diversity Events

Visit the Diversity Calendar to see all important dates and events that are happening here at K-State, locally, nationally, and internationally! If you know of an important date or event that should be added to the calendar, please feel free to contact Diversity Point Person, Pedro Espinoza at pedro1@kstate.edu to have them added to the list!


Diversity Staff

Pedro EspinozaPedro Espinoza, Diversity Point Person – pedro1@k-state.edu

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.

William HallWilliam Hall, Graduate Diversity Coordinatorwhall@ksu.edu

William is a Graduate Teaching Assistant serving as the Graduate Diversity Coordinator. He is a Manhattan native, and is a graduate of the undergraduate teacher training program at K-State. He has previously taught high school math in southwest and southeast Kansas. He is beginning work on a master’s degree in curriculum and instruction here at K-State, and plans to eventually earn a Ph.D.


Diversity Initiative

Pedro Espinoza
Diversity Point Person