CAMPUS DIVERSITY ORGANIZATIONS
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, which serve to increase understanding and respect for our differences. Through various organizations and activities, our involved students gain a broader respect for cultures they previously knew nothing about. Join us as we look to make the future brighter and more inclusive.
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.
MUNGANO ALUMNI TAILGATE
Each year, the Office of Diversity & Inclusion hosts a barbecue to allow former members of Mungano an opportunity to share their experiences with current members. This event allows students and alumni to network and enjoy fellowship. It also strengthens the sense of community upon which Baker University thrives.
SUMMER STUDENT MEET & GREET
Incoming students get a head start on fostering relationships and connecting to a support network by meeting students before classes begin.
This celebration pays homage to those who have fought for justice and equality. The vigil features poetry and presentations by students and recognition of students within the Mungano organization and culminates with a candle-lit walk across campus while singing songs from the civil rights era.
Paul Ladipo | Assistant Director of Inclusion and Wellness Education
785.594.8473 | paul.ladipo@bakerU.edu
Delynia “Dee” Brown | Assistant Advisor
785.594.8473 | delynia.brown@bakerU.edu
Mabee 101 | 7:58 p.m.
August 29 | Back to School Meeting
January 30 | Spring Welcome
May 1 | Senior Celebration
Officers | 2017-2018
Aradaisia Walker, President
Grant Boehm, Vice President
Fabien Franck Love, Secretary
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
Total Equality Alliance
The Baker University Total Equality Alliance is a body of LGBT+ students and allies, committed to building community and a 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.
Nicholaus Pumphrey, Assistant Professor of Religious Studies
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.
All-Gender Restroom Locations
Alumni Center: First floor
Bennett Art Building: Main floor
Collins Library: First floor near the Archives
Health and Counseling Center
Long Student Center: Student Affairs suite on the second floor
Mabee Memorial Hall: First floor
New Living Center: First, second, and third floors
Owens Musical Arts Building: Main floor
Parmenter Hall: Third floor
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.
Total Equality Alliance, npumphrey@bakerU.edu
Office of Diversity and Inclusion: diversity@bakerU.edu
Trans Visibility Day
Sharing information is an important way the organization fights transphobia.
Safe Zone training is an opportunity to learn about LGBTQ+ identities, gender, and sexuality, and unlearn prejudice. You may have seen a sticker or sign that says “Safe Zone” or “Safe Zone Trained.” These visual indicators can mean a variety of things in different communities. Most often we find they indicate that the person displaying the sticker has gone through a Safe Zone training session and wants to communicate to others that he or she is open to talking about and being supportive of LGBTQ (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer/questioning+) individuals and identities. The term “Safe Zone” is used all over the country (and world) by schools and organizations to refer to LGBTQ+ awareness training.
The Office of Student Life offers two- to three-hour (including breaks) Safe Zone training sessions. If you would like to host a Safe Zone training session with your department or a class setting, please fill out the registration form. Training takes place Mondays from 9 a.m. to noon on September 4, September 18, or October 16. If these dates don’t work for you, please contact Paul Ladipo, Assistant Director of Inclusion & Wellness Education. to arrange another date or time.
Paul Ladipo, Assistant Director of Inclusion & Wellness Education
paul.ladipo@bakerU.edu | 785.594.8473