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Pittsburg State University

Undergraduate School

Mailing Address
1701 S. Broadway
107 Horace Mann
Pittsburg, Kansas 66762
Phone
(620) 235-4251
Email address
psuadmit@pittstate.edu
School Information
"The Kansas State Manual Training Normal School Auxiliary opened in September 1903. One building, 54 students. This new school would prepare teachers in curriculum areas vital to success and prosperity in the hands-on, industrial age. More than a century later, that mission remains at the core of Pittsburg State University. By providing interactive, engaging courses throughout four distinct colleges, Pitt State transforms the lives of our students, our community, and the entire Southeast Kansas region" (Source: https://www.pittstate.edu/about/). The student to faculty ratio is 17 to 1 and the total undergraduate enrollment is over 5,000. The university offers over 200 academic programs.
General Information
The university has been seeking to implement CRT within curriculum. The university has been promoting diversity and inclusion through restructuring the Office of Student Diversity. Additionally, the Presidential Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Council is leading the implementation of training programs for faculty and staff in accordance with the diversity strategic plan. At this time, no Critical Race Training is required of all students. However, see developments below:

Actions Taken

Anti-Racism, Bias, and Diversity Training
  • The Office of Student Diversity offers "diversity seminars and workshops" as well as "leadership training."
  • The Office of Institutional Equity provides "consultation, training, and resources to the University community regarding equal opportunity, affirmative action, diversity, and preventing discrimination, harassment, and retaliation."
  • The Presidential Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Council will "develop a Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Strategic Plan that aligns with the University's Strategic Plan and Core Values" and "provide leadership in developing, coordinating and promoting professional development programs for faculty and staff related to issues of diversity."
Curriculum Changes and Requirements
  • The university offers a minor in Inclusive Education.
  • All Kansas institutions of higher education, including Pittsburg State University, will be "identifying methods for diversity curriculum transformation" according to the 2015 Michael Tilford Conference on Diversity and Multiculturalism that Kansas institutions participated in.
Program and Research Funding
  • The university announced that it "will begin a campus-wide diversity climate study on Monday as part of the university‚Äôs long-term strategic diversity plan."
Symbolic Actions
  • The Office of Student Diversity joined the Student Life division on October 13, 2020. The university also appointed Deatrea Rose as the Assistant Vice President.
  • The Pittsburg State University president responded to George Floyd's death by stating, "At Pittsburg State University, we've closely followed the incident in Minneapolis that sparked protests across the nation over the killing of an unarmed African American man, George Floyd, by Minneapolis Police Officers."
Last updated July 26th, 2022
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