Belonging Plaza is a mobile, pop-up commemorative gathering and programming tool, that allows student and community groups to highlight underrepresented or marginalized trailblazers.

Kristi Parker

Initial Honoree: Kristi Lynn Parker

Kristi Parker, founding publisher and editor of the groundbreaking Kansas LGBTQ+ newspaper "Liberty Press," is the first trailblazer to be acknowledged at Belonging Plaza. Parker died in 2018 at the age of 49. 


Reserve Belonging Plaza

If you would like to memorialize a trailblazer, please submit a form for consideration. For any questions contact

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The Wichita State University Placemaking Initiative is supported with a grant award from the Knight Foundation Fund at the Wichita Community Foundation.

The Knight Foundation Fund at the Wichita Community Foundation invests in civic innovators who help cities attract and nurture talent, enhance opportunity and foster civic engagement.

About the Wichita Community Foundation: Founded in 1986, the Wichita Community Foundation’s mission is to be the catalyst that creates lasting legacies by partnering with people, families, and organizations to devote resources to causes that matter. For more information, visit or call 316-264-4880.

The Office of Diversity and Inclusion takes pride in creating and maintaining connections with various communities outside of campus and within Wichita State University. The office cosponsors many different functions through these partnerships in order to provide Wichita State with more variety and higher quality in multicultural events and programs. The office provides dynamic programs, which range from speakers and documentaries to award ceremonies and cultural festivities — each representing a small piece of the diversity displayed on the Wichita State campus.