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Diversity Initiative

The College of Business Administration actively seeks to enhance the overall level of diversity within students, faculty and staff. The college will continue to provide its students, faculty and staff with opportunities to develop attitudes and skills necessary to succeed in a diverse and interdependent world.

In order to achieve this, in 2005, the College was awarded the K-State University Outstanding Department or Unit Award for Enhancing Diversity. At the being of fall semester of 2006, Dawne Martin began a half time appointment as Assistant to the Dean for Diversity. Since that time, the college has increased the percentage of students from under-represented groups enrolled, and increased faculty representation from under-represented groups. See K-State's enrollment summary.  We also have committed to incorporating multicultural competencies into our curriculum so that all students will have the skills to work and excel in a diverse world. In 2010, Martin was named the Assistant Dean for Diversity.

The college has a diversity committee to ensure that diversity and diversity-related issues are represented throughout the college's curriculum, research, activities, organizations and strategic plans. Members of this committee are

Chair - Dawne Martin, Assistant Dean for Diversity 
Kinglsey Olibe, Assistant Professor of Accounting
Bongsug Chae, Associate Professor of Management

Our 2006 – 2010 Strategic Plan for Diversity focuses on five primary and four subordinate goals. Our primary goals and associated initiatives are listed below.

Enhance the climate of appreciation of multicultural issues

Diversity lecture series (begun in 1999)
Creation of a Multicultural Business Student Association in 2002

Increase the number of undergraduate and graduate students from under-represented groups

  • Program to recruit MBA students from Grambling (previously funded by the Ford Foundation)
  • Kauffman Scholar Summer Residential Institute
  • Koch College for a day programs for high school students (funded by the Fred C. and Mary R. Koch Foundation)
  • Koch Scholarships for finance and accounting students
  • Koch Diversity Faculty Fellow, Dawne Martin 
  • Cargill summer bridge program for entering freshman
  • Project IMPACT Summer Bridge Program- MAPS

Promote retention of students from under-represented groups

  • Multicultural Business Student Association
  • Koch Scholarships for finance and accounting students
  • Mentoring Program

Create, retain and promote faculty and staff from under-represented groups

Integrate multicultural competencies and diversity issues into the College's curriculum

  • Faculty workshops
  • Tilford grants to integrate Tilford Multicultural Competencies into courses
  • Infusion of multicultural content into classes
  • Teaching resources
  • Overall curriculum review

 *Fall 2013 Student Demographics 

  • Since 2007 diversity has increased 65.75% 
  • Diversity increases about 20.2% every year 
  • 14% of 24,581 students are multicultural