Create inclusive community initiatives and engagement to improve access and equity. 

The PPMC's Access & Engagement team provides qualitative research, conversation facilitation, and program support to generate community change. Focused on finding solutions, the PPMC creates environments where collective learning builds strong, resilient communities and coalitions. 

Core services of the Access & Engagement team:

  • Increasing Access in Communities 

  • Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Initiatives
  • Facilitation and Stakeholder Engagement


James Roberts

James Roberts
Strategic Initiatives Manager
Public Policy and Management Center at Wichita State University

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Major Initiatives

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HSI Designation Efforts

The PPMC is supporting Wichita State for the designation as a Hispanic Serving Institution (HSI), a federal designation that provides additional resources for students. The PPMC is also assisting with an internal HSI strategic plan for Wichita State.

Diverse Children - Wichita Collective Impact Initiative

Wichita Collective Impact Initiative

Funded through a $2 million gift from Cargill Protein, this 3-year initiative is led by the Greater Wichita YMCA, United Way of the Plains, the PPMC at WSU, and Wichita Public Schools. The purpose of the program is to increase education success and workforce readiness in Wichita.

internet cables KOBD Digital Equity project

KOBD Digital Equity

The PPMC provided project management and facilitation of statewide stakeholder engagement to get resident feedback on digital equity (Internet access). The information was used to create the State of Kansas Digital Equity Plan to ensure people have access and skills to benefit from digital technology.


Recent Projects 

City of Wichita Diversity, Inclusion, and Civil Rights Advisory Board
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The PPMC worked with the City of Wichita’s Diversity, Inclusion and Civil Rights advisory board over the course of two years to support two key areas:

  1. Develop the board's foundational documents and processes that would set them up for success in their operational function
  2. Strategic planning process that resulted in a comprehensive plan outlining three impactful goals areas:
    • Talent retention, attraction, and advancement
    • Equity in policy, programs, and services
    • Community engagement and partnerships
City of Wichita & Sedgwick County Cultural Arts & Recreation Consolidation 

The PPMC assisted the City of Wichita and Sedgwick County to assess the best way to strategically combine cultural arts and recreation divisions to facilitate better use of shared resources and improve service delivery to community members. 

Lawrence & Douglas County Fire/Medical Shared Service Agreement

City of Lawrence and Douglas County Fire Medical logoThe PPMC assisted the City of Lawrence and Douglas County to reevaluate the communities' cooperative management agreement created in 1996. The agreement for combined fire and emergency medical services had not seen a significant evaluation since its inception.

View the Lawrence Douglas County Recommendations Presentation