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Fort Hays State University

Undergraduate School

Mailing Address
600 Park Street
Picken Hall 211
Hays, Kansas 67601
(785) 628-5666
Email address
School Information
"Fort Hays State University is a thriving liberal and applied arts, a state-assisted institution in western Kansas with an enrollment of approximately 14,210 students. It has four colleges - Arts and Sciences, Education and Technology, Business and Entrepreneurship, and Health and Life Sciences - and a Graduate School. It also has a Virtual College that delivers courses electronically throughout Kansas and beyond. FHSU offers bachelor's and master's degrees in many fields and provides a wide variety of cultural and intellectual resources, not only for its faculty, staff, and students but for the western Kansas region and beyond" (Source: FHSU offers 70 majors and 200 online degrees. Founded in 1902, FHSU's student to faculty ratio is 19 to 1.
General Information
FHSU has created an Inclusion and Diversity Excellence Advisory Team and a Tilford Diversity Awareness Committee. FHSU will be instituting microaggression training. The university also offers a few courses on racism. See developments below:

Actions Taken

Admissions Policies
  • FHSU has a Tilford Diversity Awareness Committee which works on "recruiting, retaining, and graduating a racially and ethnically diverse student body" and "recruiting and retaining a racially and ethnically diverse faculty and staff."
Anti-Racism, Bias, and Diversity Training
  • FHSU released a statement in response to the deaths of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, and Ahmaud Arbery saying, "The past 100 days have brought to light the current climate based on systematic and institutional discrimination. The hate, dissension, and violence experienced by Blacks/African Americans leaves people wondering when will the change shift to anti-racist views and practices. Being able to reimagine a world where racism is no longer a concern, is a dream many have." The statement goes on to say that FHSU must "bring microaggression training to your classroom" and "get involved with diversity and equity programs and commit to continued education" so that "the thread of diversity, equity, and inclusion is woven into the fabric of the university by everyone who teaches, leads, advises, encourages, and interacts with every student, alum, faculty, and staff."
  • The Office of Diversity Affairs at Fort Hays offers "Microaggression Training," "Microaggressions in the Classroom" training and "sensitivity training."
  • The Management Development Center at FHSU facilitates a public workshop titled "You're Racist (But Then Again, We All Are): Understanding Subconscious Bias" which is described as follows: "One thing that we all share as humans is the fact that we have biases. Very often, these exist in us despite our conscious effort to be fair and objective. This workshop will explore how these biases, which we often don’t even know we have, can influence our behavior in important ways."
Curriculum Changes and Requirements
  • The Tilford Diversity Awareness Committee will be "ensuring that the FHSU curriculum is racially and ethnically diverse."
Program and Research Funding
  • The Fort Hays 2021-2022 Student Diversity Report states that the university "received EOF funding from SGA ($11,000) to provide scholarships to students participating in an LLC and continue in some type of Diversity Scholars program."
  • FHSU's Forsyth library offers anti-racism resources.
  • FHSU has a site which provides anti-racism, race, and ethnicity resources.
  • FHSU hosts an Inclusion and Diversity Excellence Advisory Team which "is comprised of faculty, staff and students who explore ideas, research other institutions, evaluate our institution, and identify best practices to enhance inclusion and diversity efforts at Fort Hays State University."
  • FHSU works with TILT (Teaching Innovation and Learning Technologies) which published an "Inclusive Teaching and Course Design" article on March 13, 2023. The article states, "Faculty need to think about their learner characteristics and then whether multiple identities and communities are represented and respected in their assigned readings, videos, audios, examples, and other resources."
  • FHSU published a document titled "Examples of Microaggressions in the Classroom" which lists many examples of microaggressions including: "Setting low expectations for students from particular groups, neighborhoods, or feeder patterns," "Expressing racially charged political opinions in class assuming that the targets of those opinions do not exist in class," and "Denying the experiences of students by questioning the credibility and validity of their stories."
  • The Diversity Book Club at FHSU is a "dynamic book club bringing students, faculty, and staff together to explore current social justice issues & diversity topics."
  • FHSU offers a certificate in "Cultural Diversity Studies" which is described as follows: "Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Identity are all issues that are not only timely, but necessary for a functioning democratic society.  Fort Hays State University offers coursework from an array of academic fields that allows for an historical, theoretical, and research-based understanding of the contemporary social issues to Cultural Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Identity."
  • FHSU offers a course titled "Diversity in the United States" which "explore[s] the principles and dynamics of diversity in the United States while promoting social responsibility and demonstrating civic competency."
Symbolic Actions
  • On December 18, 2020, FHSU highlighted Dr. Hendratta Ali who "received some of the highest honors from not just one, but two, professional organizations for creating and leading the 'Call for a Robust Anti-Racism Plan for the Geosciences' petition drive."
  • FHSU released a statement in 2020 responding to the death of George Floyd, stating, "Institutionalized racism is simply the greatest blight on the history of this great country. It hasn’t gone away, and it continues to rob our fellow Americans of hope and fuels despair, resentment, and profound anger."
Last updated June 10th, 2024
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