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Diversity, Inclusion, & Social Justice in University Honors

The University Honors Program is dedicated to fostering a diverse and inclusive student community.

To this end, we have made substantial progress toward inclusion and social justice since the beginning of 2016. Diversity and equity are at the center of our core values, as well as an integral part of our new curriculum.

Honors Think Tanks on Equity & Inclusion (Spring 2016)

In the Spring 2016 semester, at the request of several KU students and in the wake of various campus protests concerning race, privilege, and inclusivity on KU's campus, KU Honors hosted a series of Honors Think Tanks on Equity & Inclusion. These Honors Equity Think Tanks were designed to . . .

  • serve as a forum for student, faculty, and staff voices from within and without Honors to be heard;
  • discuss and critique current KU Honors practices;
  • and identify areas of improvement where Honors could become a more inclusive and just institution.

The Think Tanks met six times during the Spring 2016 semester to discuss the Honors admissions process; recruitment and outreach; advising, classes, and curriculum; and community-building, events, and communication. The collected minutes of these meetings are available here.

Progress Toward Equity (Spring 2016)

For the final Think Tank meeting in April 2016, KU Honors produced a Progress Toward Equity document outlining our recent work toward greater inclusivity and justice. We still have far to go and are eager to continue this work throughout the fall semester and beyond.

Would you like to be involved in these initiatives? Contact Honors for more information.

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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