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David Garcia Speaker Diversity Leadership Summit
David Garcia Speaker Diversity Leadership Summit
Anthony Brown Barbershop and Beauty Talk
Anthony Brown Barbershop and Beauty Talk
Kappa Delta Chi Sorority Inc.
Kappa Delta Chi Sorority Inc.
Dr. Joy DeGruy Social Justice & Equity Lecture
Dr. Joy DeGruy Social Justice & Equity Lecture
Lenny and Jeff Diversity Leadership Summit
Lenny and Jeff Diversity Leadership Summit

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. 

The Diversity Leadership Summit is a one day conference for multicultural high school freshmen through seniors. The Emporia State University faculty & staff encourage students to pursue higher education and help them realize their full potential to be successful leaders of the future. Students are invited from all over the state of Kansas and Missouri. This free conference consist of speakers, workshops, meals, and opportunities for current high school seniors to compete for Emporia State University scholarships. We welcome any and all to attend.
Diversity Leadership Initiative Summit
The E.D.G.E Mentor Program teams sophomore, junior and senior student volunteers, who serve as positive role models, with first-year students. It is known that if first-year students have meaningful interactions with a positive mentor, their motivation and academic performance are significantly increased. The program strengthens and sustains students in meeting their educational goals and in helping make the college experience exciting, fulfilling.

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 Requirement

All 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 Benefits

When 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

Mentee Application

Mentor Application

Equitable Policies

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:

  Nondiscrimination Statement
  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, Students and employees may also contact the Associate Affirmative Action Officer & Title IX Deputy Director, Lisa Moritz (, 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 1964
prohibits 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 1964
prohibits 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 1991
was 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 1965
prohibits 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 1972
prohibits 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 1973
protects 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 - 2013
Effective 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.

Diversity Programming

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.

Spring 2018 Diversity Student Programs

MLK Candlelight Vigil

Monday, January 22nd 2018 | 5:30pm – 6:00pm | Union Square

MLK Celebration.

Movie Night: Selma

Monday, January, 22nd 2018 | 6:30pm | Preston Family Room, MU

MLK Celebration.

Brown Bag Dialogue

Tuesday, January 23rd 2018 | 12:00pm-1:00pm | Greek Room, MU

MLK Celebration. Topic of discussion will be Dr. King’s Non-Violence Philosophy.

Trivia Game Night

Wednesday, January 24th 2018 | 6:30pm - 8:00PM | PKP Room, MU

MLK Celebration. Come and test your knowledge pertaining to the people and events during the civil rights movement that are of historic importance. Giveaways will be provided!

Keynote Speaker: Dr. Randal Jelks

Thursday, January 25th 2018| 6:00pm | PKP Room, MU

MLK Celebration. KU Professor, Dr. Randal Jelks will give his reflection of Dr. Kings Philosophy.

MLK Photo Booth and Giveaways

Friday, January 26th 2018 | 10:00am-1:00pm | Main Street, MU

MLK Celebration. Students are invited to come celebrate the end of our MLK week celebrations by taking photos by our photo booth with the hashtag #MLK2018. Giveaways will be available!

MLK Lecture: Kevin Powell

Friday, January 26th 2018 | 6:00pm | Skyline, MU

MLK Celebration. Come join us for our final event of MLK week! Political Activist Kevin Powel will be on campus to give a keynote speech. This event is open to the public.

A Night with Poet/Writer: Joshua Bennett

Thursday, February 1st 2018 | 7:00pm | Albert Taylor Hall

Black History Month Event Join us for a night of spoken word poetry performances by Joshua Bennett to celebrate black history month. This event is open to the public.

Co-Sponsored with Union Activities Board.

Diversity Ambassadors Meeting

Tuesday, February 6th 2018 | 6:30pm-8:00pm | Blue Key Room, MU

This meeting is for Diversity Ambassadors only.

Mental Health in the Black Community

Wednesday, February 7th 2018 | 6:30pm | Blue Key Room, MU

Black History Month Event Join us for an open discussion on Mental Health in the Black Community.

Social Justice Lecture with Dr. Joy Degruy

Thursday, February 8th 2018 | 6:00pm | Albert Tayler Hall, PH

Dr. Joy DeGruy is a nationally and internationally renowned researcher, educator, author and presenter. Her seminars have been lauded as the most dynamic and inspirational currently being presented on the topics of culture, race relations and contemporary social issues. She is a tell-it-like-it-is ambassador for healing and a voice for those who’ve struggled in search of the past, and continue to struggle through the present.

Skate Night

Thursday, February 15th, 2018 | 7pm – 9pm | Off Campus, Rollers (701 Graham St.)

Black History Month Event
Free Skate Night

Black Panther Movie Premier

Friday, February 16th, 2018 | 10:00pm | Off campus, B&B Emporia Flint Hills 8 Cinema

Black History Month Event

Diversity Student Programs will be sponsoring 100 free tickets. This is a first come first serve event. ESU ID must be present at the theater.

Diversity Ambassadors Meeting

Tuesday, February 20th, 2018 | 6:30pm - 8:00PM | Roe, R. Cross Room, MU

This meeting is for Diversity Ambassadors only.

BSU Big XII Conference

Thursday-Sunday, March 1st- 4th, 2018 | Off Campus, Baylor university Waco, TX

Diversity Ambassadors Meeting

Tuesday, March 6th, 2018 | 6:30pm - 8:00PM | Roe, R. Cross Room, MU

This meeting is for Diversity Ambassadors only.

Speaker: Tamika Mallory (Founders of Women’s March)

Thursday, March 8th, 2018 | 7:00pm | Albert Tayler Hall, MU

Women’s History Month Event

Tamika is an activist and the founder of Mallory Consulting, and the national co-chair for the Women’s March.

Co-Sponsored with Union Activities Board

Let’s Talk: Intersectionality

Monday, March 12th, 2018 | 6:30pm | Kanza/ Flint Hills Room, MU

Women’s History Month Event Join us for a discussion on intersectionality.

Women in Academia

Thursday, March 15th, 2018 | 6:30pm | Greek Room, MU

Women’s History Month Event Join us for a discussion on about Black women in Academia. There will be guest speakers.

Diversity Ambassadors Meeting

Tuesday, March 27th, 2018 | 6:30pm - 8:00PM | Blue Key Room, MU

This meeting is for Diversity Ambassadors only.

Mosaic: Diversity Leadership Retreat

Friday-Saturday, April 6th-7th, 2018 | Off Campus, Camp Wood

Diversity Ambassadors Meeting

Tuesday, April 10th, 2018 | 6:30pm - 8:00PM | Blue Key Room, MU

This meeting is for Diversity Ambassadors only.

#EqualAccess Tabling

Friday, April 20th, 2018 | 10:00am-1:00pm | Mainstreet, MU

Co-Sponsored with Student Accessibility & Support Services.

#EqualAccess Brown Bag Discussion

Tuesday, April 17th, 2018 | 12:00pm-1:00pm | Greek Room, MU

Join us for a discussion on accessibility. Co-Sponsored with Student Accessibility & Support Services.

#EqualAccess lecture with Adam Burnett

Wednesday, April 18th, 2018 | 6:30pm | PKP Room, MU

Adam Burnett will be giving a lecture on disability etiquette. Co-Sponsored with Student Accessibility & Support Services.

#EqualAccess Panel Discussion

Thursday, April 19th, 2018 | 6:00pm | Greek, MU

Current ESU students will be telling their stories about living with a disability. Co-Sponsored with Student Accessibility & Support Services.

#EqualAccess Tabling

Friday, April 20th, 2018 | 10:00am-1:00pm | Mainstreet, MU

Cultural Celebration Months

Black History Month | February 1st – February 28th

Women’s History Month | March 1st – March 31st

Equal Access Awareness Week | April 16 – April 20th

International Education Events

Game Night in the Library

Wednesday, February 7th 2018 | 7:00pm – 9:00pm | WAW library

American & International Student Panel

Thursday, February 15th, 2018 | 5:00pm - 7:00PM | Flint Hills/ Kanza Rooms, MU

Fan Lin Safety Program

Monday, March 12th 2018 | 1:00pm-3:00pm | Ballroom, MU

International Tea Party

Friday, March 16th, 2018 | 9:00am-4:00pm | Ballroom, MU

International Food Festival

Wednesday, April 14th, 2018 | 11:00pm-3:00pm | Webb Hall, MU

American & International Student panel

Wednesday, April 25th, 2018 | 5:00pm-7:00pm | Kanza/Flint Hills MU

Pages for Change book club Meeting

Tuesdays, February 6th, 13th, 20th, & 27th 2018 | 5:00pm-6:00pm | Diversity Lounge, MU

Book: Between the World and Me

By: Ta-Nehisi Coates

Between the World and Me is Ta-Nehisi Coates’s attempt to answer these questions in a letter to his adolescent son. Coates shares with his son—and readers—the story of his awakening to the truth about his place in the world through a series of revelatory experiences, from Howard University to Civil War battlefields, from the South Side of Chicago to Paris, from his childhood home to the living rooms of mothers whose children’s lives were taken as American plunder. Beautifully woven from personal narrative, reimagined history, and fresh, emotionally charged reportage, Between the World and Me clearly illuminates the past, bracingly confronts our present, and offers a transcendent vision for a way forward.

Tuesdays, March 6th, April 10th, 17th, & 24th 2018 | 5:00pm – 6:00 pm | Diversity Lounge, MU

Book: The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks

By: Rebecca Skloot

Her name was Henrietta Lacks, but scientists know her as HeLa. She was a poor black tobacco farmer whose cells—taken without her knowledge in 1951—became one of the most important tools in medicine, vital for developing the polio vaccine, cloning, gene mapping, and more. Henrietta's cells have been bought and sold by the billions, yet she remains virtually unknown, and her family can't afford health insurance. This phenomenal New York Times bestseller tells a riveting story of the collision between ethics, race, and medicine; of scientific discovery and faith healing; and of a daughter consumed with questions about the mother she never knew.

Emporia State’s Commitment to Cultural Competency in the curriculum

Why is it important?
Cultural competency provides an effective avenue in closing the disparities gap between communities. Itʼs the way people can come together and talk about concerns without cultural differences hindering the conversation, but enhancing it. Quite simply, programs and services that are respectful of and responsive to the cultural beliefs, practices and norms of diverse individuals can help bring about positive outcomes.

Culturally Competent Emporia State University graduates are expected to be:

To facilitate effective communication, ESU graduates should be aware of socially constructed identities (current and historic) within the United States and the global community.
They should be capable of fostering constructive discussions about issues relating to difference, prejudice, and bias.

To effectively manage conflict, ESU graduates should be aware of the intended and unintended consequences of actions and words by individuals and groups.

  • They should be aware of the range of attitudes and behaviors (Kansas, U.S., global) that involve perceived superiority, oppression, prejudice, and discrimination based on socially constructed identities.
  • They should be knowledgeable about strategies that challenge detrimental, oppressive, or unfair behaviors, while respecting the rights of others to have alternative viewpoints.
  • They should be able to apply those strategies situationally to provide adaptive solutions.

To be successful leaders, ESU graduates should be aware of the necessity to be culturally, civically, and professionally involved to promote the common good.

  • They should be aware of basic leadership competencies so that they are prepared to:
    1) Diagnose Situations,
    2) Manage Themselves,
    3) Energize Others, and
    4) Intervene skillfully to promote cultural awareness, understanding, empathy and positive energy for cultural harmony.
  • They should advocate for the respectful treatment of all people.
Effective Diversity Action

Improving Cultural Capacity

Authentic multicultural understanding results from honestly recognizing and confronting the sociopolitical realities that impact the lived experiences of all people. Becoming aware of oneʼs own biases as well as recognizing sociopolitical issues such as oppression, racism, power and privilege, function as initial strategies that naturally lead into the cultural competence sequence.

Source: Stith-Williams, V. & Haynes, P. (2007). A resource manual for developing cultural competence.


Culture: refers to integrated patterns of human behavior that include the language, thoughts, communications, actions, customs, beliefs, values, and institutions of racial, ethnic, religious, or social groups.

Cultural Competence: The integration and transformation of knowledge about individuals and groups of people into specific and congruent behaviors, attitudes, policies, and practices used in appropriate cultural settings to increase the quality of services; thereby producing better outcomes.

Cultural Pluralism: Recognition of the contribution of each group to the common civilization. It encourages the maintenance and development of different life styles, languages and convictions. It is a commitment to deal cooperatively with common concerns. It strives to create the conditions of harmony and respect within a culturally diverse society.


Emporia State Universities Office of Diversity, Equity & Inclusion exists to promote communication, cooperation, and community among the diverse religious and spiritual groups and individuals of Emporia State University. ESU creates and supports transformative experiences of spiritual growth, ethical reflection, interfaith and intercultural dialogue, community service, and social action.

Click here to download the Interfaith calendar.

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.

Sexual Orientation

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.

The cultural expectation is that one’s biological sex, gender identity, and gender expression will align in stereotypical ways: that someone who is male will identify as a boy/man and have a masculine gender expression, for example. This expectation does not serve our diverse world and the myriad experiences of self that exist.


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

    1. Avoid making assumptions about gender identity or sexual orientation.

    1. 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.

    1. 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.

    1. 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.

    1. 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”).

    1. 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
  • (2) Gender Neutral Restrooms on the 2nd floor of Visser Hall.
  • (1) Gender Neutral Restroom in the Veterans Hall of Honor, 2nd floor of the Memorial Union
  • 4 Single occupancy gender neutral restrooms with shower, Residential Life
  • 20 single occupancy gender neutral restrooms without shower, Residential Life

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.

Hornet's Haven (Ally/Safe Zone Training)

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.

Student Disability Handbook

Read & Write Software

Student Intake Form

What is accessibility technology?

For more information on disabilities services, please visit ESU Disability Service Home Page

Corky's Dreamers

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).

TradPlus & Veteran Student Services

TradPlus: The New Normal

In 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
  • Married
  • Parent
  • 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.

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