Kansas State Athletics has earned the Outstanding University Award for Diversity, Inclusion and Acceptance which will be presented at the Eighth Annual Compete Sports Diversity Awards, November 10, in Kansas City.
The 2017 “Petey” Awards recognizes deserving athletes and organizations that make a positive impact on sports diversity, inclusion and acceptance.
“We are so pleased to honor Kansas State University with the Outstanding University Award this year,” said Eric Carlyle, Compete CEO. “They continue to break barriers and build bridges to better the sports community through inclusion, equality, and acceptance.”
K-State Athletics prides itself on being a family and fostering an environment and atmosphere that upholds those values. Recently, the department initiated a comprehensive Diversity and Inclusion plan for both student-athletes and K-State Athletics staff. Ultimately, it is meant to cultivate an atmosphere that embraces and celebrates diversity, while also intentionally promoting and practicing inclusion.
The heart of the plan lies in providing educational programming and training aimed at increasing the overall cultural competency of student-athletes and staff. Education training includes: workshops, guest speakers, diversity and inclusion curriculum in new staff trainings, summer bridge and freshmen experience classes for student-athletes.
“When I arrived as Athletics Director it was welcoming to see a department fully committed to diversity and inclusion, and it is truly an honor to see that commitment be recognized by Compete Magazine,” Athletics Director Gene Taylor said. “We want people to feel good about coming to work here, our student-athletes to feel welcome, and to ensure that everyone feels like they are a part of the K-State Family. We have some really good things taking place and look forward to it evolving even further.”