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Kansas Wesleyan University

Undergraduate School

Mailing Address
100 E. Claflin Ave.
Salina, Kansas 67401
Phone
(785) 833-4305
Email address
admissions@kwu.edu
School Information
"University United Methodist Church has become part of the Wesleyan experience. Together, the University United Methodist Church ministers and our campus ministry staff provide numerous opportunities for faith sharing, prayer and dialogue that allow students of all faiths to feel welcome as they continue to search for meaning in their life. More than 10,000 students have found the unique blend of academic excellence and spiritual development a perfect foundation for personal and professional growth at Kansas Wesleyan University" (Source: https://www.kwu.edu/about/mission-and-values/). Founded in 1886, KWU has a student to faculty ratio of 11 to 1.
General Information
KWU states that diversity is "embraced" within its curriculum. KWU also recently created a scholarship program for DEI goals. DEI training is one of KWU's future goals. See developments below:

Actions Taken

Curriculum Changes and Requirements
  • KWU's Social Work Department will educate students to "promote inclusion, diversity, equity, and social justice through education, community engagement, interdisciplinary studies, advocacy, leadership, and lifelong learning."
Faculty/Staff Requirements
  • As part of KWU's DEI Statement, KWU states that it will "advance a climate that fosters inclusive excellence" and recruit and retain diverse students, faculty, and staff.
  • Faculty and staff participate in DEI training programs such as "how to engage in difficult conversations," "responding to micro-aggressions," and "creating an inclusive environment."
Resources
  • In collaboration with the Salina Education Foundation, KWU announced a scholarship program that is "designed to both aid in teacher recruitment and further the values of diversity, equity, and inclusion."
  • On December 19, 2020, it was announced that KWU added a professor to its Office of Diversity.
  • One of KWU's short-term goals is to "enhance the number of Historically Underserved Students (HUS) student-focused events."
  • KWU has a student-led forum called "T.A.L.K.", which discusses DEI issues from a peer-perspective.
Symbolic Actions
  • KWU's Multicultural Student Affairs Association sponsored a celebration for Black History Month and released a statement saying, "each and every one of us, right now, has the power to influence the racial climate in our community."
  • The college states that it is "committed to diversity, equity, and inclusion." The college has a DEI committee and also has a "student-led forum on some of the difficult topics of the day" which "helps students get perspective from their peers on the issues."
  • KWU states that "diversity is embraced in curriculum, faculty, staff, and students."
  • KWU states that it will "promote diversity, equity, and inclusion in teaching, advising, service, and training while working to ensure accountability in these areas on campus."
  • KWU states that, its Psychology Major will explore "all dimensions of human diversity. Issues of diversity are a concern in all courses, and the curriculum is designed to integrate diversity throughout, across courses."
  • On June 1, 2020, the president released a statement saying, "The last few days have been a dynamic and painful time throughout our nation after the death of George Floyd. There is so much hurt, fear and panic, along with a plethora of frustration and sadness."
Last updated July 31st, 2022
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