Inclusive Excellence

Wichita State University is committed to being an inclusive campus that reflects and promotes - in all community members - the evolving diversity of society.

An integral pillar of our strategic plan says all members in the community will feel valued and respected, regardless of ancestry, color, disability, ethnicity, gender, gender expression, gender identity, genetic information, marital status, national origin, political affiliation, pregnancy race, religion, sex, sexual orientation or status as a veteran. In addition, the University will capitalize on distinctive, unique campus cultures while encouraging strong institutional unity.

Inclusive Excellence is an ongoing, collaborative process uniting Wichita State students, faculty, staff, administrators and alumni in the work of embedding diversity, equity and inclusiveness throughout campus. We will continue to develop programs that make the campus a welcoming and inclusive place for all, while continuing to commit Wichita State's talented people to the improvement of the entire community and serving as a catalyst for positive social change.

Anti-Racism Resources

Addressing Anti-Blackness on Campus: Implications for Educators and Institutions - A recorded webinar paneled by Black faculty and administrators that brings to light inequities and challenges of Blackness at various levels of campus communities. An excellent discussion that ends with a 10-point plan of real steps and policies that can be implemented to address anti-Blackness in schools, colleges and universities.

Anti-racist Pedagogy Reading List - This is a working document with the goal of better understanding anti-racist pedagogy in higher education.

Justice Action Toolkit - The Community Tool Box - The University of Kansas has a Justice Action Toolkit that provides resources to support community members working towards racial justice and gender equity, and indeed injustice in its many forms.

Responding to Racial Injustice - As a higher education institution, we believe in the dignity of each and every person. Wichita State University denounces racism in all forms and commit to working with our network to confront inequality and systemic racial injustice.

COVID-19 Resources and Support

Responding to COVID-19 with Inclusivity - The fear of Coronavirus has resulted in incidents of bias and harassment against Chinese nationals, Chinese Americans, and people of Asian heritage here, and worldwide. Many members of our community, including our international students, faculty, and staff, may be dealing with stigma. Please uphold our commitment to Inclusive Excellence. The Centers for Disease Control provides information on stigma related to this outbreak.

Shockers United - In the face of the worldwide COVID-19 outbreak, Wichita State's first priority is the health, safety and well-being of our entire Shocker community. In accordance with guidance from the State of Kansas, Sedgwick County and federal government, Wichita State University has developed a three-phase plan to safely return students, faculty and staff to our campus.

Events and Programs

The Office of Diversity and Inclusion aims to cultivate and sustain an inclusive campus. We strive for academic excellence by creating an environment that educates, empowers and mobilizes our students, campus and community. In our community, our members view themselves as ambassadors for fundamental freedoms and respect the differences in others.

The office provides dynamic programs, which range from speakers and film showings to award ceremonies, cultural festivities and LGBTQA programming — each representing a small piece of the diversity displayed on the WSU campus.

Throughout the year, the office offers an array of academic, cultural, social and outreach programs. In student programs and organizations like Promoting Academic Student Success, Ready 2 Work Professional Development Program and Ambassadors for Diversity and Inclusion, students are given the opportunity to learn more about diversity and the resources available to provide a more rewarding college experience.

Faculty and Staff Recruitment

Employment Opportunities - Are you interested in working at Wichita State University? Wichita State University offers exciting opportunities that will challenge your abilities, expand your skills and reward your contributions in an atmosphere that encourages both personal and professional growth for all.

Faculty Hiring Process - The faculty hiring process will guide search committee members through the complete hiring process for a new Faculty member.

Inclusive Teaching and Learning

6 Quick Ways to Be More Inclusive in a Virtual Classroom - How do you create online or hybrid courses with an ethos of inclusion and equity embedded throughout?

10 Small Steps for Department Chairs to Foster Inclusion - In times of crisis, it becomes more important than ever, as stress can cause well-intentioned leaders to resort to bias and exclusion.

Best Practices for Inclusive Assessment - It is important to assess how students have grown and mastered our course materials during the semester, and to do so in ways that do not inadvertently disadvantage some students compared to others.

Faculty Advancement - Faculty Advancement aims to support all faculty in their roles as teachers, researchers, and citizens of the university. Multiple units across campus offer services and resources to facilitate faculty as engaged scholars.

How to Make Your Teaching More Inclusive - This comprehensive guide offers a road map to make sure your classroom interactions and course design reach all students, not just some of them.

Inclusive Teaching Practices Toolkit - To support instructors in creating inclusive learning environments, the Association of College and University Educators are offering a set of free resources, including 10 inclusive teaching practices that can be immediately put to use to benefit both faculty and their students.

Pedagogies of Care - An open resource for student-centered and adaptive strategies in the newer higher education landscape.

Professional Development

African American Faculty & Staff Association (AAFSA) - The African American Faculty & Staff Association (AAFSA)'s mission is to maintain an ongoing support group for all African-American employees and students at Wichita State University.

Diversity and Inclusion Career Resources - The Career Development Center is committed to serving students, alumni, and community members of diverse backgrounds and seeks to provide comprehensive career services that reflect multicultural awareness. These resources are designed to provide information that can assist you in career preparation and job search.

Diversity Training - The Office of Diversity and Inclusion offers diversity training programs and workshops to students, faculty and staff who wish to learn more about becoming allies for members of our diverse community. The goal is to increase the multicultural awareness and promote intercultural learning on various levels.

Faculty Professional Development - Opportunities for faculty development at Wichita State University.

NASPA - Student Affairs Administrators in Higher Education - NASPA is the professional home for the field of student affairs. NASPA is dedicated to cultivating student success in collaboration with the missions of our institutional members, a network of colleges and universities representing every sector of higher education.

National Conference on Race and Ethnicity (NCORE) - The National Conference on Race and Ethnicity is designed to provide a significant forum for discussion, critical dialogue and exchange of information as institutions search for effective strategies to enhance access, social development, education, positive communication and cross-cultural understanding in culturally diverse settings.

Office for Workforce, Professional & Community Education - The Office for Workforce, Professional and Community Education (WPCE) is your link to University workforce training and professional development programs. The WPCE can provide information regarding the many career-relevant academic programs and certifications the University offers.

Professional Development & Research Events - The Graduate School has introduced a Professional Development Series to help students sharpen their skills to be the best candidate wherever their future takes them by providing a diverse range of professional development opportunities attuned to their interests and needs.


Anti-racism - Books and other resources addressing systemic racism and ways to combat it.

How to teach about race and racism (The Chronicle of Higher Education)

What to read, listen to and watch to learn about institutional racism (PBS News Hour)

Support and Advocacy

Accessibility at Wichita State University - Coordinates services and accommodations to ensure the accessibility and usability of all Wichita State University programs, services, and activities by people with disabilities.

Care Team - The Care Team provides a proactive and supportive multidisciplinary team approach to prevention, assessment and intervention for situations that may interfere with students or employees functioning to their full potential. Concerns can be submitted online and can be submitted anonymously.

Career Closet - The Career Closet gives students access to free professional clothing for career fairs, interviews and professional development opportunities.

Counseling and Prevention Services (CAPS) - Counseling and Prevention Services provides quality mental health services to enrolled students, faculty and staff and presents programs and training on topics promoting personal growth and optimal wellbeing. Services are by appointment, low cost and confidential. CAPS is located at the Student Wellness Center inside the Steve Clark YMCA and can be reached via phone at (316) 978-4SWC (4792).

International Education - International Education is responsible for all aspects of interaction with international students and scholars that relate to their student success and ensuring institutional compliance with U.S. immigration regulations.

LGBTQ+ at Wichita State - The Office of Diversity and Inclusion works to support the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer and Questioning (LGBTQ+) community through programs, services and advocacy efforts. We are committed to the wellness and success of all students, faculty, staff and community members in their expression of gender and sexuality.

Military & Veteran Services - The Captain Riley Leroy Pitts Military and Veteran Student Center exists to build and maintain a community of students with military experience and to provide comprehensive support for the unique needs of veterans, military members and military dependents in an environment of respect.

SGA Student Advocate - The Student Advocate is an executive, non-partisan member of the Student Government Association at Wichita State University, who is available to assist you with problems that have not been resolved by other offices on campus.

Shocker Support Locker - The Shocker Support Locker gives students, faculty and staff access to food, clothing, toiletries and baby/family products.

Student Conduct and Community Standards - Student Conduct and Community Standards (SCCS) supports and enhances the personal, ethical, and intellectual growth of all students to become responsible, aware and engaged citizens.

University Resources - Wichita State University has a robust set of systems and practices that support and care for our students and members of our community.

Wellness Services - Wellness Services offers a network of programs and support to help Shockers succeed—and thrive—during every step of their Wichita State careers, including Campus Recreation, Counseling and Prevention, Disability Services and Student Health Services.

2019-2020 Priorities Report

A compilation of information that stands as a progress report on the priorities of the University.

Forward, Together

The history of Wichita State is built upon big ideas and the undaunted dreamers who turned them into reality.

Diversity at Wichita State University

Wichita State University is the most diverse university in Kansas and has a strong commitment to diversity as a core institutional and educational value.

University Resources

As a member of the Wichita State University community, you have the opportunity to experience the advantages of campus and city life with the support of many resources. Wichita State University has a robust set of systems and practices that support and care for our students and members of our community. Our intention is to create an environment where all can learn and contribute to the creation of knowledge. Linked below, you will discover some of the many resources available to you as part of Shocker Nation.