Campus Life

Diversity & Inclusion

Through various organizations and activities, our involved students gain broader respect for cultures they previously knew nothing about. Join us as we look to make the future brighter and more inclusive.

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Shelby Perez

Assistant Director of Inclusion & Wellness Programs

Our nation as a whole is changing, and Baker University aims to reflect this diversity.

The Office of Diversity & Inclusion seeks to prepare students for our diverse world by providing experiences and opportunities for cross-cultural interactions that serve to increase understanding and respect for our differences.

Mungano | Brothers & Sisters United

Mungano is a student-run diversity organization on the Baldwin City campus of Baker University. The word Mungano is derived from the Swahili phrase “Mungano Wa Wanafunzi Weuzi,” meaning brothers and sisters united. It translates simply to united, which is the message that we, the members of Mungano, strive for: a world of many cultures, united.

#DiversityAndDiscussion is our goal.

Activities

Martin Luther King Chapel Service

Mungano sponsors the first chapel service of the spring semester to reflect on and remember Martin Luther King Jr.’s ideals of equity, diversity, and inclusion. Special guest speakers and musicians create this amazing celebration as students jump into the spring semester!

Tunnel of Oppression

The Tunnel of Oppression is an interactive tour that engages students in scenes in which they experience firsthand various forms of oppression. The tour includes interactive acting, monologues, and multimedia presentations. Participants directly experience the following aspects of oppression: ability, class, body image, immigration, homophobia, religion, relationship violence, and race.

Officers | 2020-2021

Maya Hodison
President

Cheleia Marshall
Vice President

Jaila Randle
Treasurer

Keirstyn Reynolds
Public Relations

Daisey Ewansiha
Secretary

Mission Statement

We, the members of Mungano, strive to encourage and promote cultural awareness and diversity through education at Baker University and surrounding communities by reaching out to everyone regardless of race, creed, ethnicity, nationality, gender, or sexual orientation for a better understanding of humanity

Student Experience

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Mungano has opened my eyes to diverse perspectives.
I’m blessed to be a part of such a blended organization that has really supported me and pushed me to break boundaries I wouldn’t typically approach. Mungano continues to challenge me to find new ways to exceed expectations.

Jasmine

I went to some of the events — they’re all really cool and informative and just stuff that you wouldn’t normally think about. It’s really interesting.

Marissa

Total Equality Alliance

The Baker University Total Equality Alliance is a body of LGBT+ students and allies, committed to building community and safer campus for all. As a relatively new group, TEA was formed to create a space where students can be relaxed and fully self-expressed without having to fear feeling uncomfortable, unwelcome, or unsafe. Throughout the year, the group hosts a variety of events, from presentations from Equality House to Trans Visibility Day.

Officers | 2020-2021

Jesse Gardner
President
Interdisciplinary Music & Sociology Major, Gender Studies Minor
Involved in TEA, BRAVE, SAC, Band Council, Cardinal Key, Kansas Young Democrats

Ethan Holland
Vice President
Theatre Major
Involved in TEA, Choir, Theatre

Dr. Nicholaus Pumphrey
Faculty Advisor
Religious Studies Professor; Department of History, Culture, and Society

Student Experience

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TEA has been a great place for LGBTQ+ students of Baker to come together and do great stuff. It’s a place where I, and many others, can feel safe and included. TEA does things like raise awareness of LGBTQ+ issues and hosts a Drag Show every year. It’s been amazing being a part of TEA every year!”

Tess Cotter

My experience with TEA has been life-changing, to say the least. I love belonging to a student organization with so much diversity and care for all of its members. It has brought me a sense of community with all the different meetings and events on campus. I love TEA and all that it has brought to my life and experience at Baker.”

Ashanti Minnenhall

TEA Campus Events

  • TEA Break! Bake Sale
  • Trans Visibility Day
    During Trans Visibility Day, TEA members provided information and conversation about the contributions of the trans community. Sharing information is an important way the organization fights transphobia.
  • Day of Silence
  • Drag Show
  • International Pronouns Day
Two people standing behind a table and smiling at the camera at a TEA event

All-Gender Restrooms

Single-use, all-gender restrooms have been added to campus through efforts of the Office of Diversity and Inclusion, the student-led group Total Equality Alliance, and supportive faculty and staff across campus. They have worked together to designate restrooms across campus as all gender for all members of the Baker University community regardless of gender identity or expression. Being able to safely use a public restroom isn’t a privilege; it is a right.

Our goal is to offer safe and comfortable places for members of the campus community to use the restroom. We are particularly concerned in offering these restrooms to people who are transgender, gender nonconforming, and queer, and to people with disabilities who have an attendant of a different sex or gender, and to parents with young children of another sex or gender.

What is an all-gender restroom?

  • A lockable restroom designed for use by a single person. It has floor-to-ceiling walls.
  • A restroom that is not gender specific (e.g., designated for men or women), rather it is neutral and any gender can use it.
  • Likely similar to the restroom you have in your house or apartment. It is a small, lockable room with a toilet and sink for use by one person at a time, regardless of gender.

As Baker University continues to create an environment that is conducive to all people, we will continue to update the list of all-gender restrooms as they come available and accessible to students, faculty, staff, alumni, and guests of Baker University.

Contact

Total Equality Alliance, npumphrey@bakerU.edu

Office of Diversity and Inclusion: diversity@bakerU.edu

All-Gender Restroom Locations

Safe Zone

Baker University Safe Zone training is a great way to learn more about ways we can work together as a community to promote an environment that is accepting and affirming of LGBTQ people. There are numerous opportunities for students, faculty, and staff to attend the open trainings listed below, or your student group or department can schedule one!

Whether you’re new to these topics or you want to deepen your knowledge, Safe Zone training is a place for us to come together and learn in a supportive and nonjudgmental space.

Training Sessions

Register for training here.  If you have questions or would you like to schedule a training, contact Rachel Gadd-Nelson, PACE Project Coordinator at rachel.gadd-nelson@bakerU.edu.

Open Safe Zone (For any student, staff, faculty, or community member)

  • September 9, 2020, 9 – 11 a.m.
  • October 7, 2020, 3 – 5 p.m.
  • November 3, 2020, 9 a.m. – 11 a.m.

Student Safe Zone (Students only)

  • September 23, 2020, 7 – 8:30 p.m.
  • October 8, 2020, 7 – 8:30 p.m.
  • November 5, 2020, 7 – 8:30 p.m.