Access & Persistence
Improving campus climate is of tremendous value in and of itself, but creating an inclusive and welcoming environment is also part of the greater goal of how Emporia State University fulfills its commitment to enlarge access and opportunity. We have a remarkable population of international and domestic students of diverse backgrounds, races, ethnicities, and nationalities.
Wednesday, February 22nd, 2017
Webb Hall, MU
8:30am – 3:00pm
Wednesday, March 29 th , 2017
Webb Hall, MU
8:30am – 3:00pm
What Is Mentoring?Mentoring consists of focused and selected activities that seek to enhance and enrich students’ opportunities to successfully persist at Emporia State University through goal attainment and graduation. Mentoring activities link students with a concerned person (MENTOR) who will listen, understand, negotiate, and encourage students to utilize all resources available to achieve academic success.
Should You Get Involved?The program is highly recommended for first semester students who experienced academic challenges during high school, students concerned about their transition to a college environment, as well as students who are genuinely interested in learning techniques and approaches to becoming a master student.
The program is designed for participants to have fun learning! Various activities are planned throughout the semester to allow mentors to constructively interact with their mentees.
What Is A Mentor?Mentors are experienced students who volunteer to assist in the Peer Mentor Program because of their genuine interest in the educational and personal advancement of students. They function as coaches, friends, and most of all, as positive role models.
Program RequirementAll first-year or transfer students are eligible to participate in the EDGE Program. Participation is voluntary. However, to be eligible for support services and activities provided by the program, participants must complete the Mentee Application. Upon review of your application, the program coordinator will review your application and select a mentor based upon your specific needs.
Once you become involved in the program, there are activities, workshops, and presentations organized to assist you.
Events may include program “kick-off”, team building activities, academic workshops, cultural awareness events, appreciation functions, and other activities which are guaranteed to bring out the best in each participant!
E.D.G.E. Program BenefitsWhen a mentee commits to his/her academic success and selects the EDGE Program, everyone benefits.
Benefits to Mentors
- To share one's knowledge and experiences
- To enhance self-esteem
- To share educational, leadership, career and learning goals
- To gain recognition for service to the individual and the University
- To enjoy the feeling of being useful and supportive
- A meaningful resume entry
Benefits to Mentees
- To learn more about the University and the community
- To build self-esteem
- To enhance self-motivation, self-discipline and goal setting
- To be more successful in one's academic career
- To be motivated by academic success
Emporia State University is an institution and community committed to the principles of excellence, fairness and respect for all people. As part of this commitment, we actively value diversity in our workplace and seek to take advantage of the rich backgrounds and abilities of everyone. Our equal opportunity policies affirmatively protect all Emporia State students, faculty, staff, and applicants, ensuring that employment and educational decisions are based on individual merit, as opposed to stereotypes and biases. Emporia State University’s equal opportunity policies apply to all employment and educational actions and decisions.
Links to Policies and Procedures:
Equal Employment Opportunity Policy
Discrimination Grievance Procedure
Sexual Harassment and Sexual Assault Prevention
Disability Accommodations Procedure
Students are encouraged to raise concerns or questions with their department chair, dean, advisor, or Jason Brooks; Assistant Dean of Students for Diversity, Equity & Inclusion; Office of Student Affairs, firstname.lastname@example.org. Students and employees may also contact the Associate Affirmative Action Officer & Title IX Deputy Director, Lisa Moritz (email@example.com), directly.
Emporia State University is committed to encouraging and sustaining work and learning environments that are free from harassment and prohibited discrimination. The University prohibits discrimination and harassment in the administration of both its employment and educational policies. Equal employment and educational opportunities are provided without regard to race, color, sex, religion, national origin, disability, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, or genetic information. Emporia State University also makes good faith efforts to recruit, hire and promote qualified women, minorities, individuals with disabilities and veterans.
The laws are listed in the order in which they were enacted.
The Equal Pay Act of 1963 (EPA)was enacted as an amendment to the Fair Labor Act, proscribes sex-based wage discrimination in employment.
Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964prohibits discrimination in any program or activity and against applicants and students on the basis of race, color, and national origin.
Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964prohibits discrimination against applicants and employees on the basis of race, color, sex, religion, and national origin. The 1978 amendment provides that discrimination because of pregnancy is sex discrimination. The
Civil Rights Act of 1991was enacted to provide for jury trials in Title VII cases and to expand the remedies available to plaintiffs under the civil rights laws by providing for compensatory and punitive damages, with statutory caps, under Title VII, the ADA, and the Rehabilitation Act.
Executive Order (EO) 11246 issued in 1965prohibits discrimination by federal contractors on the basis of race, color, national origin, or religion. Subsequent EOs added handicap and age (1969), and sexual orientation (1998) to the definition of discrimination.
The Age Discrimination in Employment Act of 1967(ADEA)prohibits discrimination on the basis of age against applicants and employees who are forty years of age and older.
Title IX of the Educational Amendments of 1972prohibits discrimination on the basis of sex in education programs or activities and extends coverage to employment and admission to institutions receiving federal financial assistance.
The Vocational Rehabilitation Act of 1973protects people from discrimination in admission, employment, treatment or access based on disability in programs or activities receiving federal financial assistance.
Vietnam Era Veterans’ Readjustment Assistance Act of 1974 (VEVRAA)requires taking affirmative action to employ and advance in employment specified categories of veterans protected by the Act and prohibits discrimination against such veterans. VEVRAA requires employment openings be listed with the appropriate employment service delivery system, and that covered veterans receive priority in referral to such openings.
The Immigration Reform and Control Act of 1986 (IRCA)prohibits discrimination in employment on the basis of national origin and citizenship.
Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (ADA)was enacted for the purpose of eliminating discrimination against qualified individuals with disabilities. The ADA Amendments Act of 2008 expanded the definition of disability to include, among other things, additional major life activities (including major bodily functions) and episodic impairments.
Family and Medical Leave Act of 1993 (FMLA)entitles eligible employees to take up to twelve weeks of unpaid leave for medical reasons, for the birth or adoption of a child, and for the care of a child, spouse, or parent who has a serious health condition.
Uniformed Services Employment and Reemployment Rights Act of 1994 (USERRA)ensures that persons who serve or have served in the Armed Forces, Reserves, National Guard or other uniformed services are not disadvantaged in their civilian careers because of their service, are promptly reemployed in their civilian jobs upon their return from duty, and are not discriminated against in employment based on past, present, or future military service.
The Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act of 2008 (GINA)prohibits discrimination by employers and insurers on the basis of genetic information about potentially inheritable diseases and health conditions.
Final Rule for Veterans and Individuals with Disabilities - 2013Effective March 24, 2014, OFCCP Final Rules were implemented in regard to recruiting qualified veterans and individuals with disabilities. Rule changes include hiring benchmarks, utilization goals, data collection, records access, self-identification process, Equal Opportunity language in contracts, job listing specifications and changes required by the ADA Amendments Act of 2008.
The Office of Diversity Student Programs provides a variety of educational and social programs throughout the year that support the mission and strategic plan of Emporia State University. These programs include diversity training and development programs, leadership programs, cultural celebrations, and social activities and events for current Emporia State University students, Emporia community members, and high school students throughout the State of Kansas.
Fall 2016 Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Programs
Barber & Beauty Shop Talk
Friday, August 26 | 9:00AM-3:00PM | Memorial Union Mainstreet
Real Conversations, FREE Haircuts! Barber & Beauty Shop Talk brings together the best barbers and stylists in town to offer student’s free services for the day. Sponsored by The Office of Diversity, Equity & Inclusion.
Saturday, August 27 | 7:00PM-10:00PM | Union Square
Black Student Union is offering a night of fun, carnival games, and good music! DJ Smith will be playing the hottest hits that have kept you dancing all summer long. The school year is just beginning but #Summer16 is not over until our kickback ends. Sponsored by The Black Student Union.
Orlando Vigil Balloon Release
Monday, August 29 | 12:00PM | Union Square
This event will honor the 49 victims whose lives were lost in the Orlando shooting. Sponsored by The Office of Diversity, Equity & Inclusion & URGE.
Hornet Safe Zone Training
Tuesday, September 20 & Tuesday, October 6 | 3:00PM-4:00PM | Memorial Union Greek Room
Hornet Safe Zone Training is designed to help the university community understand issues of sexual orientation and gender identity. It helps prepare our community members to become allies of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, intersex, and asexual students, faculty, and staff. Register for this training Sponsored by The Office of Diversity, Equity & Inclusion & The Office of Fraternity & Sorority Life.
Hip Hop Concert
Saturday, October 1 | 7:00PM-10:00PM | Plumb Hall, Albert Taylor Hall
Come out for a night of FUN & HIP HOP MUSIC! Local artists from St. Louis, MO will be performing and covering some of the greatest hits in HIP HOP history! Sponsored by The Office of Diversity, Equity & Inclusion, The Black Student Union & The Center for Student Involvement.
Navigating Both Identities: Exploring Identity and Intersectionality
Tuesday, November 25 | 7:00PM | Location TBA
The speaker of this event will discuss the three intersectionality’s of Religion, Sexual Orientation and Race.
Tuesday, October 29 | 7:00PM-10:30PM | Plumb Hall, Albert Taylor Hall
Sponsored by The Black Student Union.
Presidential Election Watch Party
Tuesday, November 8 | 7:00PM | Memorial Union CSI Lounge
Designed to bring members of the ESU community - students, faculty and staff - together in one place to watch and discuss politics and election outcomes. Sponsored by The Office of Diversity, Equity & Inclusion & Department of Political Science.
Pages for Change Diversity Book Club
Tuesdays: September 13, 20, 27, October 4 | 5:00PM-5:45PM | Memorial Union Diversity Lounge
Book: The True Story of Four Mexican Girls Coming of Age in America by Helen Thorpe
Tuesdays: November 1, 15, 22, 29 | 5:00PM-5:45PM | Memorial Union Diversity Lounge
Book: A Story of Justice & Redemption by Bryan Stevenson
A dynamic book club geared towards current social justice & diversity topics. The purpose of PAGES FOR CHANGE is to keep conversation fresh and up to date amongst students, faculty & staff on issues of race, religion, ethnicity, sexuality and gender.
Brown Bag Discussions
Tuesdays, September 27 & October 18th, Wednesdays November 9 & 16 | 12:00PM-1:00PM | Memorial Union CSI Lounge
The Office of Diversity & Inclusion welcomes you to our brown bag lunch discussions focusing on the "right now" issues at Emporia State University, social justice, and equality. This open style of dialogue will allow free flowing conversation between friends, colleagues, and peers to help develop and nurture an environment that’s conducive to the Emporia State global community.
Cultural Celebration Months
Hispanic Heritage Month | September 22 - October 15
Native American Heritage Month & Transgender Awareness Month | November
National Hip Hop Day | November 12
Being culturally competent means having the ability to recognize and respond to the diversity of the world around you and to make better decisions based on that understanding. Ultimately, becoming culturally competent is more than recognizing and understanding biases; it is about being able to harness different perspectives that are useful in the workplace, marketplace and classroom.
Hornets' Haven (Ally/Safe Zone Training)
- Is supportive and affirming of LGBTQIA students, faculty, and staff.
- Does not speak for, but speaks with or raises the voice of, the LGBTQIA community.
- Confronts prejudice, discrimination, and harassment.
- Continuously assesses own attitudes, actions, and biases.
- Is NOT expected to know all the answers to questions about sexual orientation.
- Is NOT expected to be a counselor or expert regarding sexual orientation.
- Creates a welcoming environment for individuals to talk about LGBTQIA community issues.
- Continues to educate oneself about diversity.
- Respects the privacy of individuals who contact them in their role as an ally and keeps communications confidential.
- Makes referrals when unable to assist individuals who contact them in their role as an ally.
- Is VISIBLE!
Don’t Step in it: Navigating Everyday Conversations (Micro-aggression Training)
Students, faculty, and staff will learn to identify micro-aggressions and will be able to reflect on
how they can modify questions or comments in ways that are less likely to reflect stereotypic
assumptions and beliefs.
Finding Waldo: There’s More to me then this! (Intersectionality Training)
Just like you find Waldo within a crowd, you can only truly discover yourself by looking inside
others. Sign up for a fun activity to learn about the differences and similarities you share with
other individuals. Leave any preconceptions at the door and prepare to be surprised. This activity
is focused toward identity and intersectionality.
Disability Etiquette : Pillars for Communicating with People with Disabilities
The rules of etiquette and good manners for assisting people with disabilities and exceptionalities are generally the same as the rules for good etiquette in society. This training addresses specific issues which frequently arise for people with disabilities in terms of those issues related to disability and outline basic etiquette for working with people with different kinds of disabilities and exceptionalities.
The Read&Write software makes the web, documents and files more accessible - any time, any place, and on any platform or device. It's great for people with dyslexia and other learning difficulties, or anyone whose first language isn't English. From reading on-screen text aloud to researching and checking written work, Read&Write makes lots of everyday tasks easier. It’s a big confidence booster for anyone who needs a little extra help with their reading and writing, at school or in the workplace.
Diverse Academic Learning Communities
Diverse Academic Learning Communities (DALCs) are student driven organizations designed to stimulate the intellectual interest of students within specific academic disciplines. Emporia State Universities DALC organizations provide professional development opportunities for students at state, regional and national levels, and enhance student interaction with Emporia State faculty through common goals and interests.
LGBTQIA+ Resources & Initiatives
Emporia State University doesn’t just open its doors to people of all sexual orientations and gender identities—we value diversity of sexuality and gender and see this diversity as a profound gift. Emporia State University affirms the inherent worth and dignity of every person.
Emporia State University affirms the inherent worth and dignity of every person. Sexual orientation is an integral part of who we are as a community—being true to ourselves and honoring each other’s truth is imperative.
Sexual Orientation describes the pattern of a person’s sexual attractions based on gender. Sexual attraction and romantic attraction are often lumped together as if they are the same. That is not always the case.
Affectional Orientation describes the pattern of a person’s romantic attraction, or the gender of the people a person falls in love with or desires to partner with.
There are three basic types of sexual orientations: Monosexual, polysexual, and asexual.
Monosexual Sexual Orientations
Some people are exclusively attracted to members of only one gender. Sexual orientation
labels used by monosexual people include:
Gay: generally, refers to a man who is attracted to men. Sometimes refers to all people who are attracted to people of the same sex; sometimes "homosexual" is used for this also, although this label is seen by many today as a medical term that should be retired from common use.
Lesbian: a woman who is attracted to women. Sometimes also or alternately "same gender-loving woman" or "woman loving woman."
Straight: a man who is exclusively attracted to women or a woman who is exclusively attracted to men; also sometimes generally used to refer to people whose sexualities are societally normative. Alternately referred to as “heterosexual.”
Polysexual Sexual Orientation
Some people are attracted to members of multiple genders. Sexual orientation labels used
by polysexual people include:
- Bisexual: attracted to people of one's own gender and people of other gender(s). Often referred to as "bi."
- Pansexual: attracted to people regardless of gender. Sometimes also or alternately "omnisexual."
- Queer: similar to pansexual, queer can be an identity label meaning that a person is attracted to people of many genders; however, queer is a multi-faceted word with more than one definition and use, and is viewed as offensive by some people.
Asexual Sexual Orientation
Some people do not experience sexual attraction. Most people this applies to identify as asexual.
- Asexual: not sexually attracted to anyone and/or no desire to act on attraction to anyone. Does not necessarily mean sexless. Asexual people sometimes do experience affectional (romantic) attraction.
In addition to the above, some people don’t like and don’t use labels. Other people identify as Questioning: a term used to describe someone who is unsure of or exploring their sexual orientation and/or gender identity.
Gender Identity and Expression
Emporia State University affirms each person’s ability to judge for themselves who they are and express themselves in the way that is most authentic. We honor the diversity of truths that exists within our communities.
Gender is complex and multi-faceted. In North American culture several distinct facets of ourselves get lumped
together when we talk about “gender”:
- Biological sex: attributes such as anatomy, chromosomes, and hormones that are usually assigned at birth and inform whether a person is male, female, or intersex.
- Gender identity: An individual’s internal sense of being a man, a woman, neither of these, both, and so on—it is one’s inner sense of being and one’s own understanding of how one relates to the gender binary. With the exception of agender people, who often do not have an internal sense of gender, most people have a gender identity.
- Gender expression: the ways in which a person manifests masculinity, femininity, both, or neither through appearance, behavior, dress, speech patterns, preferences, and more.
First coined to distinguish gender benders with no desire for surgery or hormones from transsexuals, those who desired to legally and medically change their sex, more recently transgender, trans, and/or trans*have become umbrella terms popularly used to refer to all people who transgress dominant conceptions of gender, or at least all people who identify themselves as doing so. The definition continues to evolve.
6 Ways to be More Welcoming and Inclusive of Transgender People
- Avoid making assumptions about gender identity or sexual orientation.
- Respect a person’s identity and self-label, and respect a person’s chosen name and pronouns. Practice offering your own pronouns when you meet new people.
- Do not assume a trans person wants to speak about trans issues and only trans issues. Engage them in conversation and get to know them as you would anyone. Learn more about transgender identity and gender diversity on your own.
- Recognize that “transgender” is not a sexual orientation and educate yourself and others on the distinctions between sexual orientation and gender identity/expression. Don’t say “lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender” if you are only taking about sexuality. Recognize that a person can identify with more than one of those labels.
- Use terms that encompass all genders rather than only two (e.g., “children” instead of “boys and girls”; “people” instead of “women and men”; “siblings,” “kindred,” or “brothers and sisters and siblings of all genders” instead of “brothers and sisters”).
- Designate gender neutral bathroom(s) and label all bathrooms in a welcoming way. Your signs throughout your space point the way to all bathroom options.
Gender Neutral Restrooms:
- (2) Gender Neutral Restrooms on the 3rd Floor of the Memorial Union
- (1) Gender Neutral Restroom in the Veterans Hall of Honor, 2nd floor of the Memorial Union
As Emporia State University continues to create an environment that is conducive to all walks of life, we will continue to update this list of Gender Neutral Restrooms as they come available and accessible to students and staff.
Exceptionalities & Disabilities
The Office of Disability Services (ODS) coordinates accommodations for students with documented disabilities at Emporia State. Students must register with the office to receive accommodations. Students with disabilities who do not require accommodation may choose to register with the office in order to be informed of scholarships, employment opportunities, and disability-related events. The office provides information and referrals to promote successful transitions to college and to work. We encourage students to plan ahead to facilitate the timely provision of accommodations.
For more information on disabilities services, please visit ESU Disability Service Home Page
The Office of Diversity, Equity & Inclusion offers friendly and tailored support to undergraduate and graduate students who are searching for degree programs that don’t require licensures or certifications upon graduation completion. We provide a welcoming and safe space to assist students in navigating through Emporia State University. Here is a step by step process for starting your journey at Emporia State University.
The Corky’s Dreamers program fosters a sense of belonging, community and well-being for all students who consider themselves Dreamers. Emporia State University values and understands the experience Dreamers bring to the Hornet community. We are truly committed to helping each student reach their goals and aspirations. By no means will Emporia State University release any information to a third party about the status of any student who applies for admissions. Emporia State University is a safe haven that nurtures the privacy of our students under the Family Educational Rights Privacy Act (FERPA).
- Attend one of the Latino Family Nights or The Latino Leadership Initiative Conference
- For students to receive in-state tuition under the Kansas House Bill 2145, each student will have to fill out an ESU affidavit form with the Office of Registrar. Please contact Roxana Peraza, Admissions Counselor, firstname.lastname@example.org, if assistance is needed.
- Visit with the Assistant Director of Financial Aid & Scholarships, Jaime Morris, email@example.com, and The Assistant Dean of Diversity, Equity & Inclusion, Jason Brooks, firstname.lastname@example.org, about scholarship opportunities and possible on-campus employment if interested.
- See Catherine Bergman, email@example.com, Academic Advisor to discuss your academic journey through Emporia State University.
- Enroll in our CW101 Freshmen University Seminar Course.
- See the Director of Diversity Student Programs, Deanna Williams, firstname.lastname@example.org, to discuss our E.D.G.E Mentoring Program.
Towards the end of your journey at Emporia State University, it is our mission to help you in the preparation of finding employment! We suggest you start working on Step 6 the summer before your last year at Emporia State University.
- Visit with the Director of Career Services, June Coleman, email@example.com , to talk about employment opportunities
- Look into Emporia State Universities Career Fairs
TradPlus & Veteran Student Services
TradPlus: The New NormalIn the past, most students entered college right out of high school, worked very little (if at all) while pursuing their degrees, and had no spouses or dependents. Today, more and more students coming to college do not fit that traditional profile. Many universities refer to these students as non-traditional. At Emporia State, we refer to these students as TradPlus, because we view this diversity as a plus - a positive! As a TradPlus student, you bring a wealth of life experience and knowledge to the university community.
Maybe you are married and/or a parent. Perhaps you served in the armed forces. You might have started college years ago, and are now coming back to complete your degree. Or, you might be returning to school for the first time since high school graduation. While your journey to higher education may have been different than the traditional high school-to-college path, you bring valuable perspectives and experiences that will enrich campus life inside and outside of the classroom.
There are several criteria one might use to identify himself or herself as a TradPlus student. Below are the general criteria we use to define TradPlus, but we are here to serve the needs of all students who identify as such.
- Over the age of 24 as an entering student
- Have been out of school for one or more year
- In the military or a veteran of the armed services
We know that, as a TradPlus student, you may face different challenges than students who fit the traditional profile. That is why we have TradPlus & Veteran Student Services here in the Center for Student Involvement. We want you to know that you are not alone in your journey at Emporia State. Our TradPlus & Veteran Student Support Coordinator is a recently-graduated TradPlus student who can identify with the challenges and opportunities you may experience. She is here to be resource, guide, and mentor for you as you pursue your studies at Emporia State University. And she is passionate about helping veteran and fellow TradPlus students succeed. If you have questions, need any type of assistance, or would like to learn more about campus resources available to you, please do not hesitate to contact us. We believe in you, and we are here for you.