Happy New Year and Welcome back! I hope you had a relaxing and refreshing holiday break and that you are reinvigorated to start a brand-new spring semester. I’ve always loved the spring it is a great time of renewal and revitalization. This spring we have an opportunity to dig in and start the semester off very well, both academically and socially.
Some of the exciting things that are going on in diversity right at the beginning of the semester are the 2016 MLK Observance Week Events, Jan 25-29. Please find the calendar of events at http://www.k-state.edu/diversity/mlk/2016/mlkposter.pdf (Thank you, Office of Diversity and University Partners!) I invite you to attend as many events as your schedule allows and to encourage your friends to attend.
During that week, social justice and social awareness are very important topics that will be covered and having an understanding of them will increase your ability to thrive in the world we live in. I would like to place a special emphasis on the 2nd Annual College of Arts & Sciences Teach-In on Wednesday, January 27 which will address the state of civil rights in the U.S. in response to current events. It will occur at the Leadership Studies Building, Town Hall Noon – 1 p.m. If you have additional questions about this event, please contact: Dr. Kimathi Choma, firstname.lastname@example.org, 785-532-6900. I encourage you to join College of Arts & Sciences faculty members for this powerful discussion regarding teaching and research as it pertains to the pressing social issues of today and the legacy of activism at Kansas State University and beyond.
Finally, I encourage you to focus on your goals and to seek mentorship and support as needed. You have the ability to excel and the Deans’ Office is here to support you in that effort.
Dr. Kimathi Choma
Interim Assistant Dean of Diversity, Recruitment, and Retention