Unified Against Racism

Kansas Jayhawks

By uniting together and using our collective voice, Kansas Athletics will work with all facets of the Lawrence community, in collaboration with University initiatives, to create actionable steps to inspire and create change in the following areas:

  • Cultivate – Build and cultivate relationships with local law enforcement
  • Educate – Create an educational platform to grow and develop
  • Empower – Provide new and additional opportunities
  • Inspire – Be leaders in the State and Lawrence community by actions that require change




  • KU LEADS supports and educates with the skills necessary to succeed throughout their personal and professional life. We are currently training students to be more inclusive in their thoughts and actions and to lead with action and thoughtfulness.


  • KU R.I.S.E. (Redefine. Inspire. Support. Empower.) is a student-athlete organization that strives to bring together student-athletes of different cultures, ethnicities, lifestyles, and belief systems to enhance their experience on the University of Kansas (KU) campus. It is a program that dedicates itself towards providing a safe space and community for any student-athletes who identifies as a minority. The programming consist of discussions and activities that are real and relevant topics in an environment that fosters support and empowerment. R.I.S.E. is devoted to providing the student-athlete population with opportunities to strengthen their understanding of one another and their fellow student body.


Diversity Recruitment Committee

  • Employee-based committee created to identify and recruit qualified members of underrepresented demographic groups, with the goal of creating a more diverse and inclusive workforce. Members of the committee assist human resources and hiring managers prior to and during the interview process for vacant KAI positions.


Marian E. Washington Trailblazer Series

  • In honor of Black History Month, Kansas Athletics is recognizing the notable achievements and accomplishments of African-Americans who have helped shape the Jayhawk program throughout the years by creating the Marian E. Washington Trailblazer Series. Each February, this endeavor will chronicle several prominent African-Americans and their impact on Kansas Athletics.
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Kansas Athletics Staff Womenโ€™s Mentorship Program

  • The Kansas Athletics Womenโ€™s Mentorship Program was launched in March, 2019 with the goal of strengthening the culture for women at Kansas Athletics and wherever their career paths lead in the future. The WMP provides female staff an interactive space to learn, to advise, to engage and support each other. We foster diverse, positive relationships between women of all experiences and backgrounds through intentional one-on-one matches, larger group meetings and panels, and guest speakers. Monthly topics are shared via online platform, with monthly content for individual and group efforts.


Kansas Athletics Diversity Leadership Council

  • Established in June of 2020, the Kansas Athletics Diversity Leadership Council is charged with creating and sustaining actionable items to promote an atmosphere of diversity, equity and inclusion by providing educational materials and opportunities for the advancement of minorities and members of underrepresented groups. The council includes current coaches, senior level administrators, staff and former student-athletes.
  • The council and its subcommittees meet regularly to discuss various issues and offer resources for the athletics department staff, coaches and student-athletes to support our desire to build and maintain an inclusive and diverse environment.
  • Committee Members: Jeff Long, Terry Prentice (Chair), Nic Anguiano, Dan Beckler, Kristie Baumchen, Lisa Braddy (Former WBB Student-Athlete, Damitria Buchanan, Candace Dunback, Christa Jacelone, Laura Jackson, David Johnston (Former T&F/XC Student-Athlete), Edward Jones II, Emmett Jones, Denesha McCuin, George Midgett, Andrea Norris, Paul Pierce II, Fred Quartlebaum, Rose Richmond, Wayne Simien (Former MBB Student-Athlete), Darrell Stuckey (Former FB Student-Athlete), Tayler Tolefree (Former VB Student-Athlete)

Task Force on Community-Responsive Public Safety

  • This new task force will be charged with reviewing KU Public Safety policies, practices and procedures; examining national best practices and proposals for change; and making recommendations to the Office of the Chancellor regarding potential improvements to ensure respectful, transparent and community-responsive public safety services.
  • The task force will comprise approximately 25 students, faculty and staff from across the university and be chaired by Distinguished Professor Charles Epp.

Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Advisory Council

  • Members will serve 2- or 3-year terms or appointments and be tasked with multiple objectives, including evaluating existing policies, programs and structures at KU to ensure they foster and support diversity, equity and inclusion.
  • This team will also recommend changes as needed in order to create and sustain a healthier community. It will work to ensure that each academic and administrative unit has a DEI plan that aligns with and supports campus goals and metrics. It will advise Provost Bichelmeyer in developing a DEI plan that is based on best practices and that includes metrics for our Lawrence and Edwards campuses.

Subcommittees of Diversity Leadership Council

Sport Activation Committee

  • Purpose: Provide opportunities to encourage and enable coaches, staff, administrators and student-athletes to utilize their specific sport as a platform to create lasting change.

Kansas Athletics Staff Initiatives

  • Purpose: Encourage and provide opportunities to educate and empower all staff members. Also, guide and foster professional advancement and leadership opportunities for black and minority staff members. Engage outside field experts to assist in development.

Student-Athlete Experience

  • Purpose: Primarily driven through KU Leads, provide leadership and guidance for the voice of the student-athletes and team-by-team initiatives developed by student-athletes.

Law Enforcement Engagement

  • Purpose: Create a culture of understanding and relationship building as well as provide engagement opportunities to learn and understand individual rights. Utilize the Kansas Law Enforcement Center, KUPD, Lawrence Police Department and Douglas County Sheriffโ€™s office to interact with staff, coaches and student-athletes through panels and in-person activities.

Initiative Awareness Group

  • Purpose: Research and collaborate events and initiatives to honor black individuals and minorities through events on Campus and in the Lawrence Community as well as through Big 12 and NCAA initiatives.


  • All Month โ€“ student-athlete and employee voter registration and education


  • November 3 โ€“ Student-Athletes Day Off for Election Day