A Foundation of Strengths. A Vision of Justice. A Mission of Change.

The Office of Diversity & Equity leads and facilitates the development of institutional policies and protocols intended to create a more representative, equitable, and inclusive KU; where greater fairness, care, and belonging are better integrated into our learning and workplace practices; and all have opportunities to meet their academic and professional goals.

Events

2020-2021 Academic Year

These events will be held virtually this year. Viewing details are TBD. 

Team 1: Exploring the mental health service needs and services received among incarcerated African-American women
DEI Fellow:  Genilda Journey, MSW Student, Edwards Campus
DEI Scholar: Ahmad Rollins, BSW Student, Edwards Campus

Team 2: Migrant farmworkers in Kansas: Creation of a disability resource toolkit
DEI Fellow: Diana Lady, MSW Student, Edwards Campus
DEI Scholar: Edan Belihu, BSW Student, Lawrence Campus

2019-2020 Academic Year

Tuesday, November 12, 2019
6 to 7:30 p.m.
Presenter: Paige Richardson, the Fall Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Scholar,
Topic: “Sex Trafficking: The Intersection of Oppression and Victimization”
Kansas Union Big 12 Room (5th Floor), Lawrence Campus
Open to the public. Refreshments will be provided.
View the presentation slides here.

Friday, March 27, 2020
6 to 7:30 p.m.
Presenter: Sam Mitri, Spring Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Scholar
Topic: Food Gardens
View DEI poster when available here.

Tuesday, April 21, 2020
5:30 to 7 p.m.
Presenter: Mohana Chakrabarti, Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Fellow Presentation
Topic: Environmental racism/justice
View DEI poster here.

DEI Fellow and Scholar Opportunities

The KU School of Social Welfare is excited to announce a call for applications for the Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Fellows and Scholars Program 2020-2021 Cohort

 “The histories of white supremacy and ableism are inextricably entwined, both forged in the crucible of colonial conquest and capitalist domination.”
--Patti Berne from Disability Justice, a Working Draft 

DEI Fellow for Racial and Disability Justice

The DEI Fellows and Scholars Program is an inclusive scholarship program designed to provide leadership skills and experience in the fields of diversity and equity. Fellows and scholars are not required to have extensive research or DEI experience. Accommodations to expectations will be made based on individual student needs. Students of color, students with disabilities, and those from other historically marginalized communities are encouraged to apply. 

  • Building on feedback from the 2019-2020 cohort, this year the DEI Fellow and two DEI Scholars will work collaboratively on a shared project and presentation.
  • The DEI Fellow will lead a small research project, with support from the DEI Coordinator, and the two DEI Scholars.
  • The research should focus on some aspect of the intersections between racial and disability justice.
  • Fellows and Scholars do not have to have extensive knowledge in these areas, but rather a desire to learn more via innovative and short-term research and collaboration.
  • DEI Fellow applications are accepted from any KUSSW MSW student on any campus or partnership site. Applications are due June 17 and will be announced June 26. 
  • Following the selection of the DEI Fellow, a call for applications for the DEI Scholars will go out with a brief synopsis of the research project in early July. DEI Scholar applications are accepted from any KUSSW BSW student on any campus. Applications are due July 17 and will be announced July 31.
  • For more information on Disability Justice, please see these sites.

DEI Fellow for Racial and Disability Justice

One MSW student will be selected as a DEI Fellow for Racial and Disability Justice for the 2020-2021 academic year. The Fellow will receive a $6,000 scholarship ($3,000 each semester) via their student account and a $1,000 research support budget. They will work directly with the Coordinator for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (Dr. Megan Paceley) and two DEI Scholars (BSW students).

Eligibility:

  • MSW students at the KU School of Social Welfare during the 2020-2021 academic year
  • Any KU campus or partnership site
  • Application form and essay submitted by the deadline
  • In good academic standing
  • Preference will be given to applications that include a focus on the intersections between racial and disability justice.

Benefits to the DEI Fellow:

  • Gain valuable social justice, research, and mentoring experience
  • Produce knowledge to further social work values and practice
  • Receive $6,000 scholarship to offset graduate school expenses
  • Build connections to support your social work professional trajectory
  • Recognition as a DEI Fellow in the School

Expectations of the DEI Fellow:

  • Lead a small research study on a topic that centers both racial and disability justice and the intersections between them, with support from the Coordinator for DEI and two DEI Scholars
    • Research experience is not necessary; just a commitment and desire to learn about research and the intersections with racial justice and disability justice
  • Present preliminary findings from the study during the Spring, 2021 semester, with support from DEI Scholars
  • Supervise and mentor the DEI Scholars
  • Create and share a poster about being a DEI Fellow and their research at the DEI End-of-Year Celebration (May 2021)

Application Process: Interested MSW students should submit their application online no later than June 17. Applicants will be notified of the status of their application by June 26. The application includes will include the following:

  • Completed application form.
  • Essay of 1000 words or less addressing the following:
    • What would it mean to you to be the DEI Fellow for Racial and Disability Justice?
    • What is your proposed area of research (ideally combining racial and disability justice)? Why is it important to you? What do you hope to learn?
    • What type of research project do you propose and how do you anticipate completing it during the course of the academic year?
      • (Note: You do not need exact details of your proposed research plan, but a general idea of what you’d like to accomplish and how is helpful for reviewers to assess feasibility and impact).

Questions? Email Dr. Megan Paceley, Coordinator for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion at mpaceley@ku.edu.

DEI Scholars for Racial and Disability Justice

Two BSW students will be selected as DEI Scholars for Racial and Disability Justice for the 2020-2021 academic year. Each Scholar will participate for the entire academic year and collaborate with an identified DEI Fellow and their research project. The Scholars will receive a $2,000 scholarship via their student account ($1,000 per semester).

Eligibility:

  • BSW students at the KU School of Social Welfare during the 2020-2021 academic year
  • Any KU campus or partnership site
  • Application form and essay submitted by the deadline

In good academic standing Benefits to the DEI Scholars:

  • Gain valuable social justice and research experience
  • Produce knowledge to further social work values and practice
  • Receive $2,000 scholarship to offset school expenses
  • Build connections to support your social work professional trajectory

Recognition as a DEI Scholar in the School Expectations of the DEI Scholars:

  • Assist the DEI Fellow with a research study centering both racial and disability justice and the intersections between them
    • Research experience is not necessary; just a commitment and desire to learn about research and the intersections with racial justice and disability justice
  • Co-present preliminary findings from the study during the Spring, 2021 semester, with mentoring and support from the DEI Fellows
  • Co-create and share a poster about being a DEI Fellow and their research at the DEI Endof-Year Celebration (May, 2021)

Research Project Options: Two DEI Fellows have been selected for the 2020-2021 year. Each DEI Scholar will be assigned to work with one of them. You will be able to indicate your preference for project on the application. A brief description of the projects are below.

  1. “The correlation between the Mental Health of African American Inmates and Recidivism rates” (Fellow: Genilda Journey)
    -Assessment of mental health/disabilities among incarcerated African-American women
  2.  “Migrant Farmworkers and Disabilities: Creation of a Kansas Farmworker Toolkit” (Fellow: Diana Lady)
    -Collaborate with Kansas organizations to identify needs and resources for migrant farmworkers in Kansas

Application Process: Interested BSW students should submit their application online no later than July 17. Applicants will be notified of the status of their application by July 31. The application includes the following:

  • Completed application form (sent via email in early July).
  • Essay of 500 words or less addressing the following:
    • What would it mean to you to be a DEI Scholar for Racial and Disability Justice?
    • What do you hope to learn and accomplish by assisting with this research project?

Questions? Email Dr. Megan Paceley, Coordinator for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion at mpaceley@ku.edu.


Social Welfare Events