Diversity and Inclusion

K-State Polytechnic is committed to promoting diversity and inclusion in every sector of the college, including campus functions, the student body, faculty/staff and the curriculum.

“Fostering inclusion involves the capacity to acknowledge others and to take the perspective of another without necessarily surrendering one’s own perspective.” -Ferdman and Deane

What we believe at K-State

  • We affirm the inherent dignity and value of every person and strive to maintain an atmosphere of justice based on respect for each other.
  • We affirm the value of human diversity and inclusion for community. We stand united against all forms of discrimination.
  • We affirm the right of each person to freely express thoughts and opinions in a spirit of civility and decency. We believe that diversity of views enriches our learning environment, and we promote open expression within a climate of courtesy, sensitivity and mutual respect.
  • We affirm the value of honesty and integrity, and will act accordingly in all professional endeavors and expect the same from our colleagues.
  • We acknowledge that we are a part of multiple communities, and we have a responsibility to be engaged in a positive way with our civic partners.
  • We recognize our individual responsibilities to the University community and in the principles that sustain it. We will each strive to contribute to a positive spirit that affirms learning and growth for all members of the community.

How we express these beliefs at K-State Polytechnic

  • Through organizations: Multicultural Student Union, Black Student Union, Association of Global Students, Gay Straight Alliance, K-State Polytechnic Women.
  • Through Student Governing Association (SGA): SGA Diversity Chair position is responsible for planning events on campus to celebrate our diversity.
  • Through Courageous Conversations: Formal and informal open and honest discussions happen on campus on a regular basis (no topic is off limits). Freedom of speech and expression is encouraged and respect is required.
  • Through academics: Diversity and Inclusion issues are addressed throughout the curriculum at Polytechnic.
  • Through multiple campus wide events and service projects: My job is to collaborate with students to plan meaningful programs, with the goal of fostering inclusion and better preparing us all to live and work in a diverse community.
  • Through Kansas State University's Principles of Community.

If you have issues, ideas, or just want to talk, contact me!


International Students

Welcome to K-State Polytechnic! We are glad you have joined our family. I am your contact while you are a student at Polytechnic. I work closely with ISSS in Manhattan and we have access to all of the services and programs there. Below are links to the resources for questions you may already have:

I encourage you to get involved! There are many clubs, organizations and activities on campus. It is a great way to meet new friends!

Julie Rowe
Diversity, Inclusion and Access Coordinator
Center of Academic Excellence, Rm. 113
Technology Center