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Diversity Leadership Council

Panel discussion with Dr. Marta Caminero-Santangelo, Provost Jeff Vitter, Vice Provost Tammara Durham & Dean Rick Ginsberg during the Fourth Annual Diversity Symposium

The Diversity Leadership Council Workgroup (DLCW) is composed of faculty, staff, students and community members who address diversity issues across campus and in the Lawrence community.  The charge for the DLCW is to review current data trends and campus initiatives, understand institutional and community gaps, gather and examine best practices, develop recommendations, and work together to implement recommendations. The perspectives and knowledge of each member will be critical to breaking down barriers, enhancing communication, promoting a return on investment, and creating a more inclusive environment.

As the team progresses annually, the recommendations it formulates will be discussed with deans and department leaders as possible implementation strategies. Communication is key for the team to understand unit cultures, promote buy-in, and ultimately help units improve in terms of diversity, equity, and inclusion. 

The workgroup efforts will also feed into the annual KU Diversity Symposium. The symposium will highlight best practices among the KU community and discuss how collaboration and diversity initiatives can benefit faculty, staff, and student success.

Diversity means all of us — it captures our personal differences, our unique experiences, and the various functions of our comprehensive research institution.  As such, it calls for each of us to link together to build an inclusive campus environment, where discrimination and retaliation of any kind are not tolerated.

When we build that sense of belonging, then no member of the KU community should fall through the cracks of not feeling valued, and we can speak with one voice about what it means to be a Jayhawk and #OneTeam.

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