The Office of University Diversity and Inclusion collaborates with campus organizations and regional community organizations to develop, promote and host innovative training programs and conferences that enhance the University climate, promote a culture of inclusion and demonstrate the University's commitment to excellence and diversity.

At the listening session on March 18, 2019, the administration shared information about initiatives that are planned or which are underway.  That information was presented as a powerpoint presentation.  You can access a pdf file with those PowerPoint slides by clicking on the link below:

Click here for pdf file 


You can also view notes from the discussion.

Click here for pdf file of notes from the March 18, 2019 discussion


At that same session, a group of students held signs with specific issues they had faced on campus.  They let us borrow their signs so that we could capture those issues and share them here. 

Click here for a pdf file listing the issues on the student protest signs


If you have concerns that you want to share around the issues discussed or around any issue involving concerning diversity and inclusion, please send an email to this special email address:

We are seeking a team of six members of the Washburn Community to attend the National Conference on Race and Ethnicity in Higher Education

The NCORE conference series constitutes the leading and most comprehensive national forum on issues of race and ethnicity in American higher education. The conference focuses on the complex task of creating and sustaining comprehensive institutional change designed to improve racial and ethnic relations on campus and to expand opportunities for educational access and success by culturally diverse, traditionally underrepresented populations.

If you are interested, please review the guidelines and complete the application by clicking this link:

Application and Additional Information

Meet Our Office Staff

Director, Danielle Dempsey-Swopes

Danielle Dempsey-Swopes, J.D.

Office Phone: 785-670-1622

Yvette Montgomery-Phifer

Yvette Montgomery-Phifer

School Certifying Official for Veteran-Connected Education Benefits
Office Phone: 785-670-2329

Lisa Galindo

Senior Administrative Assistant
Office Phone: 785-670-1622

Melisa Posey

Program Coordinator Diversity & Inclusion
Office Phone: 785-670-1627

Cedrick Henderson-Smith, Program Assistant

Cedrick Henderson-Smith

Program Assistant
Major: Criminal Justice | Minor: Psychology

Melissa Tovar, Program Assistant

Melissa Tovar

Program Assistant
Major: Criminal Justice/Pre-Law

Tyler Crenshaw

Program Assistant
Major: Pre-Nursing

GET IN TOUCH WITH University Diversity and Inclusion

Morgan Hall
Room 105

Phone & Email

Monday - Friday, 8am - 5 pm
(After 5pm by appointment)

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