Office of the Provost

Overview and History

As a premier international research university, the University of Kansas is committed to an open, diverse and inclusive learning and working environment that nurtures the growth and development of all. KU holds steadfast in the belief that an array of values, interests, experiences, and intellectual and cultural viewpoints enrich learning and our workplace. The promotion of and support for a diverse and inclusive community of mutual respect require the engagement of the entire university.

About The Office of Diversity & Equity

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The Office of Diversity and Equity was established in 2011 under the direction of Fred Rodriguez to provide oversight over all diversity-related organizations involving faculty, staff, and students, including the Emily Taylor Center for Women & Gender Equity, the Langston Hughes Visiting Professorship, the Office of Multicultural Affairs, the Multicultural Scholars Program, and the various diversity networks. 

The Office of Diversity & Equity is committed to an open, diverse and inclusive learning and working environment that nurtures the growth and development of all. KU holds steadfast in the belief that an array of values, interests, experiences, and intellectual and cultural viewpoints enrich learning and our workplace. The promotion of and support for a diverse and inclusive community of mutual respect require the engagement of the entire university.

The Vice Provost of Diversity and Equity works collaboratively with the campus community on the recruitment, retention, and professional development of under-represented faculty and staff, and coordinates academic support and programs for students from under-represented groups in collaboration with academic schools and student affairs offices.

The Vice Provost is responsible for managing the Directors for the Office for Diversity in Science Training, the Emily Taylor Center for Women & Gender Equity, the Multicultural Scholars Program, and the Office of Multicultural Affairs.

The Office for Diversity in Science Training (ODST) coordinates five University of Kansas / Haskell Indian Nations University minority student programs that are sponsored by grants from the National Institutes of Health, Institute of General Medical Sciences.

The Emily Taylor Center for Women & Gender Equity provides leadership and advocacy in promoting gender equity and challenge gender-related barriers which impede full access and inclusion. This is accomplished by raising awareness of critical issues, providing opportunities to translate awareness into action and empowering individuals to advocate for themselves and others.

The Multicultural Scholars Program recruits undergraduate students from under-represented backgrounds into various academic majors as a means of increasing the diversity of the student body at the University of Kansas and to provide support and opportunities that will assist them in their academic success and career planning.

The Office of Multicultural Affairs provides direction and services for current and prospective students from underrepresented populations. In addition, through collaborative partnerships offer diversity education programs that foster inclusive learning environments for all students. Our programs and services enhance the retention of successful matriculation of students, while supporting their academic and personal development.