An Examination of the Learning, Living, and Working Environment at the University of Kansas

Our Team


University of Kansas students, faculty, staff, deans, and senior leaders across all KU campuses are all represented in the Climate Study Task Force. Their job is to reach out to the KU community for input from all levels, locations, and perspectives. These volunteers will help craft a study that provides a broad climate assessment, while also delivering detailed information about our most vulnerable populations. Assessing the climate is a crucial step to shape a safe and inclusive atmosphere so that, more than ever, KU becomes a great place for us all to learn, work, and teach.

The Task Force will be led by Vice Provost for Diversity and Equity, Nate Thomas, and the Associate Vice Provost for Human Resource Management, Mike Rounds. Doug Girod, Executive Vice Chancellor of KU Medical Center, will lead this effort as Chair of the KUMC Diversity and Inclusion Cabinet. The Climate Study Steering Committee will work with a consultant team led by Dr. Susan Rankin of Rankin & Associates Consulting. Ultimately, their work will provide KU with an extensive examination of the current campus culture and provide strategic action steps to lay groundwork to transform the future and maximize KU’s ability to enhance equity and inclusion.

Task Force

Shawn Alexander
Associate Professor
African/African American Studies
Lawrence

Kathleen Ames-Stratton*

Associate Director
Human Resource Management
Lawrence

Bahar Barani

Student
Student Senate
Lawrence

Monica Biernat

Professor
Psychology
Lawrence

Saida Bonifield*

Project Manager
Diversity & Equity
Lawrence

Jamie Caldwell*

Executive Director
KUMC Research Institute
KU Medical Center

Marta Caminero-Santangelo*

Professor
English
Lawrence

Ashley Carlson

Assistant Director
Postdoctoral Affairs
KUMC

Jeff Chasen*

Associate Vice Provost
Institutional Compliance
Lawrence

Michael Chavez

Student Recruiter Senior
Engineering Administration
Lawrence

Kimberly Connelly*

Director of International Programs
KU Medical Center

David Darwin

Distinguished Professor and Chair
Civil, Environmental and Architectural Engineering
Lawrence

Christine Delaroy

Communications Specialist
College of Liberal Arts and Sciences
Lawrence

Nanyi Deng

Student
Lawrence

Aileen Dingus

Administrative Assistant, Facilities Services
Lawrence

Tammara Durham*

Vice Provost
Student Affairs
Lawrence

Cassi Franklin*

Graduate Teaching Assistant
Psych & Research in Education
Lawrence

Bobby Gay

Student
Lawrence

Matthew Gillispie

Clinical Assistant Professor
Speech-Language-Hearing
Lawrence

Rick Ginsberg*

Dean
Education Administration
Lawrence

Jyleesa Hampton*

Graduate Student
Communication Studies
Lawrence

Jen Humphrey*

External Affairs
KU Biodiversity Institute, Natural History Museum
Lawrence

Alan Jones

Residence Life Complex Director
Housing Office Administration
Lawrence

Jameelah Jones*

Graduate student
Center for Educational Opportunity Programs
Lawrence

Jami Jones

Learning and Development Specialist
Human Resources
Lawrence

Kissan Joseph*

Professor and Stockton Fellow
School of Business
Lawrence

Ngondi Kamatuka

Director
Achievement and Assessment Institute
Lawrence

Jennifer Keeton*

Director of Special Programs & Strategic Initiatives
Office of the Executive Vice Chancellor
KU Medical Center

Mason Keller

Student
Lawrence

Elizabeth Kronk-Warner

Professor and Associate Dean of Academic Affairs
Law
Lawrence

Amanda Kulp

Program Manager
Institutional Research and Planning
Lawrence

Madison Lacy

Associate Professor 
Film and Media Studies
Lawrence

Vince Loffredo*

Vice Chancellor
Student Services
KU Medical Center

Maria Alonso Luaces*

Director of Academic & Workforce Development
SOM Office of Cultural Enhancement & Diversity
KU Medical Center​

Margaret Marco

Associate Professor 
Music
Lawrence

Christopher McCracken*

Associate Dean for Administration
School of Medicine-Wichita
KU Medical Center

Crystal Nevins*

Director of Human Resources
School of Medicine-Wichita
KU Medical Center

Abdoulie Njai​*

Student Senate Director of Diversity and Inclusion
Lawrence

Charles Olcese

Director
International Student and Scholar Services
Lawrence

JJ O'Toole-Curran

Program Director
KU Memorial Unions
Lawrence

Jill Peltzer*

Assistant Professor
School of Nursing
KU Medical Center

Precious Porras*

Director
Office of Multicultural Affairs
Lawrence

Guy Price

Zone Manager
KU Memorial Unions
Lawrence

Stephonn Alcorn*

Student Body President
Student
Lawrence

Katherine Rainey*

Student
Lawrence

Trina Ramirez*

Principal Analyst Senior
Institutional Research and Planning
Lawrence

Mike Rounds*

Associate Vice Provost
Human Resource Management
Lawrence

Neena Sharma

Assistant Professor
KU School of Health Professions 
KU Medical Center

Margaret Smith*

Assistant Professor
Family Medicine
KU Medical Center

Nate Thomas*

Vice Provost
Diversity & Equity
Lawrence

Stacy (Walters) Cordell*

Assistant Director
KU Continuing Education
KU Edwards Campus

Susan Williams

Professor
Chemical and Petroleum Engineering
Lawrence

*Denotes Climate Study Steering Committee Member


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Timeline
  •  
  • Fall 2015

    Preparing the campus – education, marketing, reviewing relevant data

  • Spring 2016

    Focus groups and begin survey development

  • Summer 2016

    Complete Survey, IRB Process, and Communication Plan

  • Fall 2016

    Survey Administration and Data Analysis

  • Spring 2017

    Report Results to the campus community

  • Summer 2017

    Develop strategic action steps with the campus community


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