A new diversity awards program at Kansas University will be announced this week, during a third anniversary celebration for the Multicultural Resource Center.
Kansas University's Multicultural Resource Center was born from a plan to open people's eyes and broaden their horizons.
As it enters its fourth year, staff members are reaching out to those at the university who can expand the MRC's library.
``We want to expand our reading room selections and are asking the faculty and staff to help us by donating books that relate to diversity and multiculturalism,'' said Gloria Flores, MRC program director and KU associate director of minority affairs.
``Many faculty get review copies of books that they would be willing to give away, for example,'' Flores said.
The book drive will kick off Tuesday, when the MRC begins a four-day celebration of its third anniversary. Six faculty, staff and students will read and discuss excerpts from books on diversity from noon to 1 p.m. at the center's auditorium.
The center, home to KU's office of minority affairs, is in the former Supportive Educational Services building, just south of the Military Sciences Building.
Other events are scheduled in connection with the anniversary, include tours of the MRC from 2 p.m. to 3 p.m. Friday, and an exhibit of Lawrence artists at the MRC gallery from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. During a 3 p.m. reception, Flores will announce a new diversity award, with categories recognizing students, faculty, staff, student organizations and departments -- both academic and administrative.
Other speakers at the Friday reception will include Kathleen McCluskey-Fawcett, associate provost; David Ambler, vice chancellor for student affairs; James Kitchen, associate vice chancellor for student affairs and dean of students; Sherwood Thompson, minority affairs director; and Kevin Yoder, KU student body president.