Dr. Kevin Sylvester Harrison came to Wichita State in 2015 as Community Engagement Coordinator for Diversity and Community Engagement, later serving in a similar position for the Division of Military and Veterans. During his time at Wichita State, he has also served as an instructor for various ethnic studies and women studies courses and has managed a variety of community engagement programs sponsored by Textron Aviation. In August of 2021, he began his new role as Director of DEI and Assistant Professor for the Cohen Honors College.

In the administrator facet of his dual role, Harrison will work with various campus and community stakeholders to explore creative means of empowering underrepresented minorities and first-generation students. As a professor, he plans to leverage instruction that is perspective driven and discussion based as means of nurturing an academic and social community that is inclusive for students of all ethnicities and backgrounds.