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Diverse Elementary Teacher Initiative

Educators can truly make a difference in the lives of students! Providing the best preparation for future teachers is what the Washburn education department strives to accomplish. It is known that students in primary grades thrive when led by strong and capable role models who help them dream for their futures and believe that their dreams can come true. Research has shown that students who have the experience of teachers with whom they are able to relate show overall improvement in academic performance and increased graduation rates. The goal of the Diverse Elementary Teacher Initiative is to recognize, recruit and support a more diverse population of future elementary teachers to provide these much-needed role models. The vision of the Washburn Diversity Education Advisory Council is to “actively discover, develop, and support minority and other under-represented individuals desiring to become passionate and effective elementary teachers, influencing the greater Topeka community and beyond.


The Need

To reach our goals, sufficient funding must be available to turn this dream into a reality for motivated and deserving individuals in our community. We are seeking support to provide tuition assistance and mentoring for local individuals as they pursue a degree in elementary education at Washburn University and who aspire to be valuable teachers in area schools. Your gift to the education department scholarship fund can provide students with the financial means necessary to assist the Washburn Diversity Education Advisory Council with reaching its remarkable vision.


"Studies indicate placing male teachers of color in our classrooms improves outcomes for all students.  Teachers of color can help prevent stereotyping and promote diversity improving the school climate.  Having a black teacher reduces the dropout rate for black students and significantly increases the likelihood of them continuing with post-high school education.  Supporting the Diversity Council Initiative assists in addressing financial roadblocks many black males face in furthering their studies to become a teacher."

Frank S. Henderson, Jr.
Past-President, Kansas Association of School Boards



"Every great accomplishment starts with the ability to dream. Giving young minds and hearts the ability to dream is what the Washburn University Education Department is doing as it develops a pipeline to add diversity to our local classrooms. As our future educators see people that look like them and share stories similar to theirs, it inspires them to dream of more than their current circumstances. It inspires them to fight through times of disappointment. It reassures them that there is more than one way to get to where they are going. The diversity council's work will extend beyond just the minority students in our classrooms because everyone benefits from a team that possesses eclectic gifts, stories, and passions."

Johnathan Sublet
Fellowship Hi-Crest Servant Pastor 



Diversity Advisory Council’s Vision:

Our vision as a council is to actively discover, develop, and support minority and under-represented males desiring to become passionate and effective teachers, influencing the greater Topeka community and beyond, is the vision of the Washburn University Education Diversity Advisory Council. 


Findings state . . .

In Kansas, the most recent data from the National Center for Education Statistics shows that of the state’s more than 36,000 teachers, more than 95% are white and 1.6 % are Hispanic. The portions that are Black are so small they are not even quantified.
There are 100,000 Teachers in Missouri and Kansas.   How Come only 1% are Black Men?
By Mara Rose Williams
Oct. 8, 2019




When students have teachers who look like them, it sends a signal early on about their future potential, and what they can be when they grow up.
Teacher Demographics in Kansas City, Part 1: Understanding the Representation Gap
Rebecca Haessig
Nov. 12, 2019
Set the Schools Free: A Kansas City Public Education Blog







Leaderboard
Highest Number of Gifts
Gifts of any size matter, and they all add up to make a major difference at Washburn University. These projects or funds have the highest number of gifts making an impact today!
Rank Prize Fund Designation Gifts
1 $1,500 Student-Athlete Advisory Committee 88
2 $1,250 Mass Media Program Enhancements 71
3 $1,000 Ichabods Moving Forward 60
4 $750 LinC Bonner Scholars 56
5 $500 Project Non Nobis Solum 54
6 Studying Leadership in South Africa 40
7 Saying Yes - Business Dean's Fund 38
8 Adopt-A-Turtle 36
9 Ichabod Opportunity Fund 28
10 Smart Lights for Theatre 27
11 School of Law Dean's Fund for Excellence 25
12 Care Closet Fund 22
13 School of Business General Scholarship Fund 21
14 Scholarships for Incoming Freshman 21
15 Nursing Student Skills Practice Kits 20
16 Kansas Legal Services 3rd Year Anywhere Externship 20
17 Baseball Fund 20
18 Sociology and Anthropology Scholarships 20
19 Diverse Elementary Teacher Initiative 19
20 Football Program 19
21 Business of Sustainability 18
22 Multicultural Student Leadership Conference 18
23 Women's Basketball Fund 17
24 Special Education Teachers 17
25 Tennis Fund 17
26 Doing the Right Thing - Ethics in Business 16
27 Law School General Scholarship Fund 14
28 Bods Feeding Bods Fund 14
29 Comm. & Leadership Graduate Scholarships 13
30 Men's Basketball Fund 12
31 Track and Field Program Fund 10
32 iPads for Nursing 10
33 Future Leaders in Addiction Counseling 10
34 Volleyball Fund 10
35 Social Work License Prep 10
36 Wall Street Journal Subscription 9
37 Homeland Security Lecture Series 9
38 Washburn Tech Dean's Fund for Excellence 8
39 School of Nursing Dean's Fund for Excellence 8
40 College of Arts & Sciences Dean's Fund for Excellence 8
41 The World is Yours - International Business 8
42 Music Department Scholarship Fund 8
43 Softball 8
44 Tennis 7
45 Ichabod Athletics Scholarship Fund 7
46 Chemistry Department 7
47 Biology Department Scholarship Fund 7
48 Biology Department 7
49 Irwin Blitt Fellowship 7
50 Music Department 7
51 Mass Media Department 7
52 Golf 6
53 English Department 6
54 Chemistry Department Scholarship Fund 5
55 Nursing Scholarship Fund 5
56 Video Streaming 5
57 Criminal Justice Department 5
58 Education Department 5
59 English Department Scholarships Fund 5
60 Excellence in Athletics Fund 5
61 Department of Education Scholarship Fund 5
62 Leadership Institute Scholarships Fund 5
63 Mathematics & Statistics Department 4
64 Physics & Astronomy Department 4
65 Theatre Arts Department Fund 3
66 Political Science Scholarship Fund 3
67 Political Science Department 3
68 Leadership Institute Program 3
69 Kinesiology Department Scholarship Fund 3
70 Criminal Justice Scholarship Fund 2
71 Computer Information Sciences Scholarship Fund 2
72 Communication Department Scholarship Fund 2
73 Allied Health Scholarship Fund 2
74 Kinesiology Department 2
75 School of Applied Studies Dean's Fund for Excellence 2
76 Psychology Department 1
77 Social Work Department 1
78 History Department 1
79 College of Arts & Sciences General Scholarship 1
80 Washburn University Art Scholarship Fund 1
81 Mathematics & Statistics Department Scholarship Fund 1
82 Allied Health Department 1
83 Philosophy & Religious Studies Department 1
84 History Department Scholarship Fund 1
85 Washburn Tech Scholarship Fund 1
86 Philosophy & Religious Studies Scholarship Fund 1
87 Psychology Scholarship Fund 1
88 Communication Department 0
89 Computer Information Sciences Department 0
90 Family & Human Services Department 0
91 Modern Languages Department 0
92 Sociology/Anthropology Department Fund 0
93 International Programs Fund 0
94 School of Applied Studies Scholarship Fund 0
95 Art Department 0
96 Family & Human Services Department Scholarship Fund 0
97 Mass Media Scholarship Fund 0
98 Modern Languages Department Scholarship Fund 0
99 Social Work Department Scholarship Fund 0
100 International Programs Scholarship Fund 0
101 Theatre Arts Department Scholarship Fund 0
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Leaderboard
Highest Dollar Total
Your generosity shapes Washburn University's future and the opportunities available to students. Thank you for giving to these projects and departments!
Rank Prize Fund Designation Raised
1 $1,500 Saying Yes - Business Dean's Fund $15,200.00
2 $1,250 School of Law Dean's Fund for Excellence $7,055.00
3 $1,000 School of Business General Scholarship Fund $6,830.00
4 $750 Tennis $5,600.00
5 $500 Diverse Elementary Teacher Initiative $4,685.00
6 Student-Athlete Advisory Committee $4,293.00
7 Law School General Scholarship Fund $3,925.00
8 Nursing Student Skills Practice Kits $3,850.00
9 Mass Media Program Enhancements $3,405.00
10 Track and Field Program Fund $3,370.00
11 Scholarships for Incoming Freshman $3,315.00
12 Adopt-A-Turtle $3,150.00
13 Ichabods Moving Forward $2,914.00
14 Women's Basketball Fund $2,875.00
15 Football Program $2,800.00
16 LinC Bonner Scholars $2,730.00
17 Doing the Right Thing - Ethics in Business $2,650.00
18 Kansas Legal Services 3rd Year Anywhere Externship $2,615.00
19 Business of Sustainability $2,600.00
20 Ichabod Athletics Scholarship Fund $2,600.00
21 Care Closet Fund $2,270.00
22 Studying Leadership in South Africa $2,183.00
23 Bods Feeding Bods Fund $2,160.00
24 Special Education Teachers $2,075.00
25 Men's Basketball Fund $2,000.00
26 Ichabod Opportunity Fund $1,860.00
27 Baseball Fund $1,761.00
28 Washburn Tech Dean's Fund for Excellence $1,675.00
29 Smart Lights for Theatre $1,625.00
30 Chemistry Department Scholarship Fund $1,580.00
31 Sociology and Anthropology Scholarships $1,420.00
32 iPads for Nursing $1,346.00
33 Chemistry Department $1,205.00
34 Tennis Fund $1,200.00
35 School of Nursing Dean's Fund for Excellence $1,155.00
36 Project Non Nobis Solum $1,093.00
37 Future Leaders in Addiction Counseling $1,055.00
38 Theatre Arts Department Fund $1,055.00
39 Biology Department Scholarship Fund $1,025.00
40 Multicultural Student Leadership Conference $1,000.00
41 Comm. & Leadership Graduate Scholarships $1,000.00
42 Wall Street Journal Subscription $1,000.00
43 College of Arts & Sciences Dean's Fund for Excellence $1,000.00
44 Golf $925.00
45 Mathematics & Statistics Department $900.00
46 Volleyball Fund $825.00
47 English Department $755.00
48 Nursing Scholarship Fund $705.00
49 The World is Yours - International Business $675.00
50 Video Streaming $675.00
51 Biology Department $660.00
52 Social Work License Prep $635.00
53 Criminal Justice Department $635.00
54 Education Department $600.00
55 Criminal Justice Scholarship Fund $600.00
56 Irwin Blitt Fellowship $575.00
57 English Department Scholarships Fund $541.00
58 Music Department Scholarship Fund $515.00
59 Softball $500.00
60 Psychology Department $500.00
61 Political Science Scholarship Fund $465.00
62 Physics & Astronomy Department $415.00
63 Excellence in Athletics Fund $400.00
64 Music Department $335.00
65 Department of Education Scholarship Fund $325.00
66 Homeland Security Lecture Series $321.00
67 Political Science Department $306.00
68 Leadership Institute Scholarships Fund $275.00
69 Social Work Department $250.00
70 Computer Information Sciences Scholarship Fund $200.00
71 History Department $200.00
72 Mass Media Department $180.00
73 Communication Department Scholarship Fund $150.00
74 Leadership Institute Program $135.00
75 Allied Health Scholarship Fund $125.00
76 Kinesiology Department $100.00
77 College of Arts & Sciences General Scholarship $100.00
78 Washburn University Art Scholarship Fund $100.00
79 Mathematics & Statistics Department Scholarship Fund $100.00
80 Kinesiology Department Scholarship Fund $75.00
81 School of Applied Studies Dean's Fund for Excellence $75.00
82 Allied Health Department $50.00
83 Philosophy & Religious Studies Department $50.00
84 History Department Scholarship Fund $50.00
85 Washburn Tech Scholarship Fund $50.00
86 Philosophy & Religious Studies Scholarship Fund $25.00
87 Psychology Scholarship Fund $25.00
88 Communication Department $0.00
89 Computer Information Sciences Department $0.00
90 Family & Human Services Department $0.00
91 Modern Languages Department $0.00
92 Sociology/Anthropology Department Fund $0.00
93 International Programs Fund $0.00
94 School of Applied Studies Scholarship Fund $0.00
95 Art Department $0.00
96 Family & Human Services Department Scholarship Fund $0.00
97 Mass Media Scholarship Fund $0.00
98 Modern Languages Department Scholarship Fund $0.00
99 Social Work Department Scholarship Fund $0.00
100 International Programs Scholarship Fund $0.00
101 Theatre Arts Department Scholarship Fund $0.00
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Match
Diverse Teacher Initiative Match
The Washburn University board of trustees will match dollar-for-dollar up to $1,000 to help the Education Department recruit and retain diverse elementary education majors.
$1,000 MATCHED
Completed
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