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**Internal Only** Equity Advisor/Curator of DEIB

The University of Kansas
Lawrence, KS

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Position OverviewThe School of Journalism and Mass Communications seeks an Equity Advisor to serve as the Curator for Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Belonging (DEIB). The Equity Advisor/Curator’s role is to develop ways in which DEIB can be interpreted -- through education, presentations, events, experiential work, and personal outreach. As the School’s Equity Advisor, the Curator brings people together and engages with internal and external audiences to promote DEIB. This position also creates and manages opportunities for interaction, provoking, inspiring and managing experiences and expectations, opening minds to how others might see events, circumstances and especially each other. Education is a critical element of DEIB and the Equity Officer/Curator will lead the School’s programs and events to grow understanding of DIEB on campus and beyond. The Equity Officer/Curator for DEIB requires excellent communication skills with a talent for fostering open conversations and acceptance of differences of race, gender, political and cultural identity, and a facilitator of civil discussion of differences. The Equity Officer/Curator must be able to initiate a project or event, engage others to move it forward and deliver it to targeted audiences. This role will collaborate with other DEIB leaders at KU on campus-wide diversity initiatives.

This Equity Advisor/Curator is a .40 FTE position which serves at the pleasure of and reports to the dean of the School of Journalism and Mass Communications and is a member of the Dean’s Advisory Group. The initial appointment is a one-year term with an option for renewal based on annual performance review. This position opening is available to current University of Kansas employees in a regular position. The successful incumbent will need to hold a position that would allow flexibility for a reallocation and reduction of effort within the School or unit currently assigned.
Job DescriptionThe Equity Advisor/Curator for DEIB:
  • Serves as the dean’s primary advisor for DEIB while working with both the Dean’s Advisory Group and the School’s elected committee.
  • Works with the elected DEIB committee members and students to coordinate at least one event each semester focusing on DEIB.
  • Attends meetings of the Dean’s Advisory Group.
  • Creates a list of annual goals and tactics for presentation to the School at the start of either the fall or spring semester.
  • Works with all search committees and evaluates the School’s DEIB efforts in recruitment, retention, assessment, curriculum, scholarship, awards, culture and environment.
  • Produces an annual report assessing events, engagement, curriculum, numbers of underrepresented students, staff and faculty, and the overall DEIB environment of the School. The Equity Advisor/Curator presents this report annually at the last faculty meeting of the spring semester and works with the School’s communications coordinator to update the School’s website related to DEIB.
  • Serves as the coordinator of the School’s Multicultural Scholars Program with at least 10 students in the program and performs all related duties with the overall KU program, including recruitment and retention of students.
  • Conducts an annual review and possible revision of the School’s diversity plan as outlined in the strategic plan to identify markers of progress and deficiencies. The review will be conducted to align with ACEJMC’s Standards 1 and 4.
  • Assists the School’s recruiting coordinator in diversity student recruitment.
  • Serve as the School’s liaison to all units across campus working on DEIB objectives.
  • Participates in a network of University diversity representatives led by the Vice Provost for DEIB, collaborates with equity advisors in other units, and works to further develop and refine the University-wide process for implementation of DEIB goals.
  • Oversees and coordinate professional development, training, and guidance for faculty, staff, and administrators in the School of Journalism and Mass Communications related to DEIB.
Other 60% - current position duties as agreed upon. Required Qualifications
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills as demonstrated through application materials, interview, and references.
  • Documented experience working with DEIB concepts and best practice.
  • Three years experience working in either high school or higher education facilitating programming and coaching related to diversity, equity, including and/or belonging.
Preferred Qualifications
  • Experience as a team leader in a professional setting.
  • Experience in strategic planning that would reflect an ability to advance DEIB goals
  • Membership in a DEIB-focused organization
  • Documented experience working with DEIB concepts and best practice in a higher education setting.
  • Documented experience developing and delivering program assessment.
  • Experience in facilitation and/or mediation.
  • Recent participation in KU-sponsored DEIB programming as a presenter or panelist.
  • Fundraising experience with a DEIB focus
  • Professional experience that supports an understanding of DEIB goals
Additional Candidate InstructionsThis position is available to KU employees in a regular position (faculty, staff or academic staff). A complete application will consist of a current CV or resume, a cover letter, a written state of your DEIB philosophy including two examples of recent involvement with DEIB events or experiences, and three professional references.

In addition to the materials above, learning about each applicant's contribution and engagement in areas of diversity is an important part of KU's mission. As a result, applicants will be presented with the following question at the time of application. The response must be within 4,000 characters or less.
  • Describe your experiences working with people from diverse backgrounds and explain how those experiences reflect your commitments to diversity, equity and inclusion.
Application review will begin July 21, 2021 and will continue until a pool of qualified applicants is obtained. Advertised Salary RangeCompensation will be dependent upon the selected candidate. The School of Journalism will fund the position at 40% and provide a $10,000 administrative supplement which may be utilized for summer salary if eligible. Application Review Begins21-Jul-2021 Anticipated Start Date18-Aug-2021


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The University of Kansas is the state’s flagship university and one of just 66 invited members of the prestigious Association of American Universities (AAU). We consistently earn high rankings for academics and recognition as a premier research university.

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Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Belonging 

The University of Kansas is committed to a learning and workplace environment that is representative of our nation and global society, accepts and values everyone, appreciates our common humanity and understands that our multiple differences are the cornerstone of academic preparation, professional excellence and distinction. KU must be a place where all people feel they belong and have access to resources and support that help them attain their educational and professional goals.

We recognize there are inequalities and privileges generated by historical and persistent intersecting differences by race, ethnicity, gender identities, gender expressions, sexual orientation, socio-economic status, age, abilities, religion, regional background, veteran status, citizenship status and nationality. And we hold ourselves accountable for policies, processes and programs that appreciate these and other differences and create more fair, safe and just learning, working and living environments for KU students, faculty and staff.


KU offers a broad array of undergraduate and graduate study programs, and we fulfill our mission through academic and research programs of international distinction, coupled with outstanding libraries, teaching museums and information technology. These resources enrich the academic experience for students from all 50 states and 112 countries, and provide enrichment resources for KU faculty and staff.


The university attains high levels of research productivity and recognizes that faculty are part of a network of scholars and academicians that shape a discipline as well as teach it. KU staff are integral to our research success, participating in and supporting discoveries that expand knowledge and improve lives.


The university and our employees serve society through research, teaching and the preservation and dissemination of knowledge. KU's academic programs, arts facilities and public programs provide cultural enrichment opportunities for the larger community. And, KU offers educational, research and service programs throughout the state. KU employees are encouraged to participate in and serve the campus and surrounding communities in a way that is meaningful to them.

International Dimension 

KU offers more than 100 programs of international study and cooperative research for KU students and faculty at sites around the world. The university offers teaching and research that draw upon and contribute to the most advanced developments throughout the United States and abroad. At the same time, KU's extensive international ties support economic development in Kansas.


The University of Kansas, our students and employees are committed to excellence. We foster a multicultural, inclusive environment in which the dignity and rights of individuals are respected. Intellectual diversity, integrity and disciplined inquiry in the search for knowledge are of paramount importance.

Our City and State 

KU sits atop Mt. Oread in the center of Lawrence, a town full of natural beauty and culture. In fact, Rolling Stone magazine named Lawrence one of the best college towns in the United States. Lawrence is home to more than 100,000 people, and has a charming, Midwestern friendliness that welcomes visitors and celebrates diversity. In addition to KU, Lawrence is home to Haskell Indian Nations University, the premiere tribal university in the United States.

Lawrence’s historic and thriving downtown features restaurants, nightlife and local shops offering unique finds that you won’t find anywhere else. The town has more than 50 parks, an encompassing mixed-use trail, and quick access to biking/hiking trails along the Kansas River and around Clinton Lake. A five-minute drive from Lawrence, Clinton Lake offers fishing, boating, beaches, camping and other outdoor activities.

Located just 40 minutes west of Kansas City, Lawrence offers the appeal of a mid-size, suburban town with quick access to the amenities of a large city, including an international airport. The Kansas City metro area is home to world-class museums and cultural activities, Jazz clubs and other nightlife venues, expansive shopping options, and exciting professional sports with the Kansas City Chiefs, Kansas City Royals and Sporting KC.

Kansas is in the center of the country, making it convenient and cost effective to fly or drive to destinations throughout the United States. Far from flat, the Flint Hills, just 90 minutes from Lawrence, offer panoramic vistas that showcase the breathtaking beauty of America.

Making KU Your Home 

Something about Lawrence is magnetic. Long-time residents are never surprised when a KU student or employee from out of state decides to make Lawrence their permanent home. And, even those who do leave often find themselves returning to “the nest” at some point in the future. In fact, Lawrence has been named by several publications as one of the best places to retire.

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