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The faculty and staff at KU understand the importance of and embrace the need for a more diverse campus. This diversity allows everyone at KU benefit; the undergraduate and graduate students, the faculty, staff and overall university community family.

Multiple opportunities are provided for our students to learn and share in this diverse environment. There are many academic units and faculty members across campus that have established diversity as a programs of study; i.e., field-based experiences, internships, study abroad. These experiences provide wonderful experiences for our students that enhance the overall richness of a diverse campus and program offerings. The cultural competency of these faculty members and academic programs for students is essential to our continued growth and development as a major teaching, research and service university. KU continues to hold steadfast in its commitment to ensure that our faculty and staff are fully aware of their role as leaders and provide continual opportunities for professional development that incorporate and enhance our diversity – in the classrooms, labs and studios – across campus. As an example of outstanding leadership, Robert Page, Director of the Office of Multicultural Affairs, was recently awarded the NASPA’s Latino/a Knowledge Community's Amigo Award. This award recognizes a NASPA member that has supported the efforts of the Latino/a Knowledge Community by providing support and encouragement toward the success of the organization.

The faculty at KU are also key to the continual development of diversity dialogues across campus. For example, recently, the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences sponsored a lecture by KU professor Tanya Golash-Boza on issues surrounding immigration policies. In April, Latino author Luis Alberto Urrea will be giving a public lecture entitled "The Devil's Highway: Stories from the Border and Beyond." The courses offered through the recently established Latino/a Studies minor provides additional options for faculty and staff development.

We’d like to share with you the research efforts of two Latina faculty members. As an assistant professor in sociology, Jessica Vasquez’s research is focused on the idea of generational adaptations of the Latino family. View her curriculum vitae here. Prof. Vasquez is currently revising her book manuscript, Across Borders, Across Generations: Immigration, Assimilation, and Racial Identity Formation in Multi-Generational Mexican American Families. Next, she intends to capitalize on her location in Kansas and turn her attention to a new project on Latino families in Topeka in Kansas City. Christina Bejarano, assistant professor in political science, has been researching the political behavior of Latinos. Click here for more information on Bejarano’s research.