Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Belonging (DEIB)

Toni Johnson Center for Racial and Social Justice

The University of Kansas, School of Social Welfare (KUSSW) dedicates the Toni Johnson Center for Racial and Social Justice to Dr. Toni Johnson, our beloved colleague, friend, and professor. Dr. Johnson was a member of the KUSSW faculty from 2005-2016. Dr. Johnson committed her life to social, racial, and economic justice for youth and their families. As a practitioner, researcher, and professor, Dr. Johnson aspired to be a social change agent to increase the inclusion and equity of all people, with a particular focus on African American families. She was dedicated to supporting students in and out of the classroom, including her role as the Director for the Multicultural Scholars Program. She received the Gene A. and Gretchen Budig Award for Excellence in Teaching in 2012. The Center represents KUSSW’s commitment to forward Dr. Johnson’s life work by promoting student involvement and engaged scholarship in the areas of race and social justice.

Our mission is to promote an educational environment engaged in racial and social justice. We aim to advance the well-being, success, and equity for students of color while attending to their intersectional identities; serve as a catalyst for critical dialogue on race and social justice within the School and the KU community; and expand service, teaching, and research on race and intersectional social justice in our School and the larger community.

Dr. e alexander and Dr. Melissa "Missy" Miera Holder

Welcoming Two New Faculty

We are excited to share that we have hired two tenure track faculty with experience and expertise in the area of racial justice.

Read about our new faculty


Dr. Megan Paceley

Dr. Megan Paceley

Congratulations to Dr. Megan Paceley for receiving the Groundbreaking LGBTQIA+ Research Pride Award at the KU Lavender Graduation!
Dr. Amittia Parker

Dr. Amittia Parker

Congratulations to Amittia Parker, PhD, LMSW, MPA, CSWE Minority Fellow (2019-2021).
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DEI Council

In light of the SSW’s vision and mission, the DEI Council’s purpose is to act as a central hub to coordinate and strategically plan for DEI efforts within the School of
Social Welfare and our communities.

DEI Council
RISE - Resilience, Inclusion, Support and Empowerment

Building Community  

Empowering BSW, MSW and Ph.D. students of color (racially-ethnically) to excel personally, academically, and professionally in order to foster successful degree.


Funding Opportunities for Students

We will strive to ensure all students, faculty and staff feel safe, heard, valued and supported.

DEI Events

KU Campanile

KU Office of DEIB

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

KU Office

Associate Dean for Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Belonging

Kim Warren
  • Associate Dean of Diversity, Equity & Inclusion, School of Social Welfare
  • Associate Professor of History, College of Liberal Arts & Sciences

DEIB Coordinator

Liaison to Native Communities

Toni Johnson Center Affiliates

Scholarship in the News

Grand Challenges for Social Work Event Series

The University of Kansas School of Social Welfare’s Center for Community Engagement and Collaboration (CCEC) will host a series of interactive panels highlighting current School research and community practice in areas related to the Grand Challenges for Social Work.

Research Impact Talks

The University of Kansas School of Social Welfare’s Research Office will host a series of Research Impact Talks highlighting current School research and community practice in areas related to social work. These events will be held virtually to facilitate access for KU alumni and community stakeholders across the state. Participants will be able to receive 1.0 hour CEU for attending each event in full. These events are free and open to the public.