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.



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.


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.

Faculty Advisor

Teresa Clounch | Associate Dean of Students, Director of Diversity & Inclusion
785.594.8473 |

Spring 2017 Meetings

Mabee 101 | 7 p.m.

February 21

March 7

March 21

April 4

April 18

May 2

Officers | 2016-2017

Aradaisia Walker, President

Nia Madison, Secretary

Dorion “Dory” Smith
Public Relations Chair

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


“Mungano is a diversity advocacy group that believes in community service and inclusion. That is always important for a campus with such a diverse group of students. And when we go to different events throughout the year, we learn how to better our organization on campus to better fit the needs of our diverse student group.”

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.

Faculty Advisor

Nicholaus Pumphrey, Assistant Professor of Religious Studies


“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.”

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.

All-Gender Restroom Locations

Alumni Center: First floor

Bennett Art Building: Main floor

Collins Library: First floor near the Archives

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.


Office of Diversity and Inclusion:

Total Equality Alliance,


Teresa Clounch
Associate Dean of Students, Director of Diversity & Inclusion
Office: Long Student Center