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University Honors Statement in Support of Social Justice and Inclusion on Campus

Monday, November 23, 2015

November 23, 2015—The University Honors Program stands behind the University of Kansas students, staff, faculty, and organizations who are demanding immediate action to make KU a more inclusive and just place. We hear these demands and are conscious of our role in making our campus better.

The Honors faculty and staff are committed to fostering a community of scholars that is diverse and supportive of all students at KU, regardless of race, ethnicity, religion, sexual preference, gender identity, country of origin, or disability. Racism and other forms of discrimination have no place at KU or within University Honors.

To address issues of diversity and inclusion within Honors, we are working with KU students and staff—both within and outside of the program—to develop a plan of action. It is our responsibility to foster a safe and welcoming community of scholars, and this group will provide invaluable feedback and concrete action items to help us improve our program in 2016 and beyond.

Additionally, the recent campus discussions remind us of our responsibility to develop co-curricular programing and courses that educate our students about the importance of understanding, respecting, and embracing the viewpoints and cultures of others. We will expand our efforts to do this starting in Spring 2016.

Those who would like to provide feedback or comments to help us become a more diverse and equitable organization are encouraged to contact Honors Program Director Bryan Young at cbyoung@ku.edu.

Members of the KU community can report acts of discrimination by contacting the Office of Institutional Opportunity and Access at ioa@ku.edu or (785) 864-6414.



Course offerings are “among the most comprehensive in the nation,” according to “A Review of Fifty Public University Honors Programs”
98% of University Honors Program graduates are employed or accepted to graduate school within six months of graduation
40% of students in the University Honors Program conduct research before graduation
9 to 1: Average ratio of KU honors students to faculty advisors
1 of only 7 programs nationwide to receive a top rating from “A Review of Fifty Public University Honors Programs” in 2014
60% of University Honors Program students study abroad
KU honors students select their advisors from top-ranked KU faculty
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