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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 Fund Designation Gifts
1 Mass Media Program Enhancements 138
2 Adopt-A-Turtle 57
3 Leadership Institute 57
4 LinC Bonner Scholars 53
5 Political Science Travel Fund 50
6 School of Business Dean's Fund for Excellence 49
7 Golf Program Fund 34
8 Volleyball Program Fund 34
9 Ichabods Moving Forward 32
10 School of Law Dean's Fund for Excellence 27
11 Mathematics & Statistics Program Enhancement 24
12 Biology Department Fund 24
13 Theatre Edinburgh Travel Fund 24
14 Forensic Anthropology Recovery Unit Scholarship 24
15 KTWU Presenting Station Fund 21
16 Scholarships for Incoming Freshmen 20
17 Diverse Elementary Teacher Initiative 20
18 Ichabod Opportunity Fund 19
19 School of Business General Scholarship Fund 19
20 Business Data Analytics Program 18
21 Mulvane Art Museum 18
22 Dancing Blues Travel Fund 18
23 Softball Program Fund 16
24 Doing the Right Thing - Ethics in Business 16
25 African American and African Diaspora Studies Minor Program 16
26 Football Program Fund 15
27 International and Comparative Law Center 14
28 Help Save Washburn History! 14
29 Auris Stethoscope 13
30 Excellence in Athletics Fund 13
31 Henderson Hall Renovation 12
32 Project Non Nobis Solum 12
33 Casting Supply Station 12
34 Sociology and Anthropology Scholarships 12
35 Soccer Program Fund 12
36 Ichabod Athletics Scholarship Fund 11
37 Washburn Tech Dean's Fund for Excellence 10
38 Education Department 10
39 Men's Basketball Fund 9
40 Student-Athlete Advisory Committee 9
41 Social Work Program Enhancement 9
42 Tennis Program Fund 8
43 Baseball Program Fund 8
44 Nursing Scholarship Fund 8
45 Volleyball Scholarship Fund 8
46 Law School General Scholarship Fund 8
47 Washburn Alumni Association Scholarship Fund 8
48 Music Department Scholarship Fund 7
49 School of Nursing Dean's Fund for Excellence 7
50 Biology Scholarship Fund 7
51 Chemistry - Fluoride Ion Selective Electrodes 7
52 Uworld Study Program 7
53 The World is Yours - International Business 7
54 Physics and Astronomy Student Travel 7
55 History Department 7
56 Women's Basketball Program Fund 6
57 International Programs Fund 6
58 Friends of Mabee 6
59 Recital Hall 6
60 Track and Field Program Fund 6
61 Cheerleading Program Fund 6
62 College of Arts & Sciences Dean's Fund for Excellence 5
63 Music Department Program Fund 5
64 Washburn Tech Scholarship Fund 5
65 Fraternity and Sorority Travel Fund 5
66 Education Department Scholarship Fund 5
67 Chemistry Department Fund 4
68 Wall Street Journal Subscription 4
69 Dept. of Communication Studies 4
70 Mass Media Scholarship Fund 4
71 Mathematics & Statistics Department 3
72 English Department Scholarships Fund 3
73 English Department 3
74 Criminal Justice Department 3
75 Theatre Arts Department Fund 3
76 Mass Media Department Fund 3
77 Dept. of Psychology Program Fund 2
78 Dept. of Political Science Scholarship Fund 2
79 Baseball Scholarship Fund 2
80 Physics and Astronomy Department Fund 2
81 Women's Basketball Scholarship Fund 2
82 Modern Languages Department 2
83 School of Applied Studies Dean's Fund for Excellence 2
84 Family & Human Services 2
85 Sociology/Anthropology Department Scholarship Fund 2
86 College of Arts & Sciences General Scholarship 1
87 Chemistry Department Scholarship Fund 1
88 Dept. of Psychology Scholarship Fund 1
89 Philosophy & Religious Studies Department 1
90 Kinesiology Department 1
91 Allied Health Scholarship Fund 1
92 Mathematics & Statistics Department Scholarship Fund 1
93 Modern Languages Program Enhancements 1
94 Criminal Justice Scholarship Fund 1
95 Rick Rescorla Homeland Security Lecture Series 1
96 Allied Health Department 1
97 Sociology/Anthropology Department Fund 1
98 Dept of Political Science Program Fund 1
99 Kinesiology Department Scholarship Fund 1
100 Softball Scholarship Fund 1
101 Art Department 0
102 Computer Information Sciences Fund 0
103 School of Applied Studies Scholarship Fund 0
104 Art Scholarship 0
105 Dept. of Communication Studies Scholarship Fund 0
106 Computer Information Sciences Scholarship Fund 0
107 Theatre Arts Department Scholarship Fund 0
108 Philosophy & Religious Studies Scholarship Fund 0
109 Modern Languages Department Scholarship Fund 0
110 History Department Scholarship Fund 0
111 Family & Human Services Department Scholarship Fund 0
112 Cheerleading Scholarship Fund 0
113 Legal Studies Scholarship Fund 0
114 Legal Studies Fund 0
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Match
Diverse Teacher Initiative Match
An anonymous donor will match dollar-for-dollar up to $2,000 to help the Education Department recruit and retain diverse elementary education majors.
$2,000 MATCHED
Completed
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 Fund Designation Raised
1 School of Business Dean's Fund for Excellence $20,719.46
2 Washburn Fund for Excellence $8,460.00
3 Golf Program Fund $7,505.00
4 School of Law Dean's Fund for Excellence $5,900.00
5 Adopt-A-Turtle $4,620.00
6 Volleyball Program Fund $4,602.00
7 Ichabod Opportunity Fund $4,512.00
8 Business Data Analytics Program $4,450.00
9 Football Program Fund $4,350.00
10 Mulvane Art Museum $4,341.00
11 Mathematics & Statistics Program Enhancement $4,330.00
12 Mathematics & Statistics Department $4,250.00
13 Political Science Travel Fund $4,240.00
14 Henderson Hall Renovation $4,108.00
15 Mass Media Program Enhancements $3,912.00
16 Scholarships for Incoming Freshmen $3,905.00
17 School of Business General Scholarship Fund $3,895.00
18 Men's Basketball Fund $3,857.00
19 Washburn General Scholarship Fund $3,817.00
20 Chemistry Department Fund $3,750.00
21 Biology Department Fund $3,595.00
22 Women's Basketball Program Fund $3,200.00
23 International and Comparative Law Center $2,895.00
24 Softball Program Fund $2,775.00
25 KTWU Presenting Station Fund $2,730.00
26 Doing the Right Thing - Ethics in Business $2,480.00
27 Leadership Institute $2,228.00
28 Diverse Elementary Teacher Initiative $2,220.00
29 LinC Bonner Scholars $2,175.00
30 Music Department Scholarship Fund $2,065.00
31 Ichabod Athletics Scholarship Fund $1,970.00
32 Tennis Program Fund $1,957.00
33 School of Nursing Dean's Fund for Excellence $1,950.00
34 Project Non Nobis Solum $1,847.00
35 Theatre Edinburgh Travel Fund $1,770.00
36 Ichabods Moving Forward $1,734.32
37 Auris Stethoscope $1,712.00
38 International Programs Fund $1,707.00
39 Baseball Program Fund $1,575.00
40 Washburn Tech Dean's Fund for Excellence $1,532.00
41 Casting Supply Station $1,525.00
42 Biology Scholarship Fund $1,500.00
43 College of Arts & Sciences Dean's Fund for Excellence $1,375.00
44 Sociology and Anthropology Scholarships $1,325.00
45 Friends of Mabee $1,287.00
46 Chemistry - Fluoride Ion Selective Electrodes $1,151.00
47 Recital Hall $1,150.00
48 Nursing Scholarship Fund $1,075.00
49 Track and Field Program Fund $1,060.00
50 Dancing Blues Travel Fund $1,057.00
51 Soccer Program Fund $980.00
52 Music Department Program Fund $980.00
53 Help Save Washburn History! $977.00
54 Washburn Tech Scholarship Fund $950.00
55 Excellence in Athletics Fund $905.00
56 Forensic Anthropology Recovery Unit Scholarship $837.00
57 African American and African Diaspora Studies Minor Program $805.00
58 Education Department $805.00
59 Fraternity and Sorority Travel Fund $755.00
60 Uworld Study Program $750.00
61 Volleyball Scholarship Fund $715.00
62 Law School General Scholarship Fund $695.00
63 The World is Yours - International Business $607.00
64 Student-Athlete Advisory Committee $600.00
65 Physics and Astronomy Student Travel $585.00
66 Cheerleading Program Fund $535.00
67 Dept. of Psychology Program Fund $510.00
68 College of Arts & Sciences General Scholarship $500.00
69 Chemistry Department Scholarship Fund $500.00
70 Dept. of Psychology Scholarship Fund $500.00
71 History Department $495.00
72 Social Work Program Enhancement $485.00
73 Education Department Scholarship Fund $440.00
74 Wall Street Journal Subscription $407.00
75 English Department Scholarships Fund $407.00
76 English Department $330.00
77 Dept. of Political Science Scholarship Fund $330.00
78 Criminal Justice Department $300.00
79 Baseball Scholarship Fund $300.00
80 Dept. of Communication Studies $200.00
81 Physics and Astronomy Department Fund $200.00
82 Women's Basketball Scholarship Fund $150.00
83 Philosophy & Religious Studies Department $150.00
84 Theatre Arts Department Fund $100.00
85 Modern Languages Department $100.00
86 Kinesiology Department $100.00
87 Allied Health Scholarship Fund $100.00
88 Mathematics & Statistics Department Scholarship Fund $100.00
89 School of Applied Studies Dean's Fund for Excellence $75.00
90 Family & Human Services $75.00
91 Sociology/Anthropology Department Scholarship Fund $50.00
92 Modern Languages Program Enhancements $50.00
93 Criminal Justice Scholarship Fund $50.00
94 Mass Media Scholarship Fund $45.00
95 Rick Rescorla Homeland Security Lecture Series $25.00
96 Allied Health Department $25.00
97 Sociology/Anthropology Department Fund $25.00
98 Dept of Political Science Program Fund $25.00
99 Kinesiology Department Scholarship Fund $25.00
100 Softball Scholarship Fund $25.00
101 Mass Media Department Fund $22.00
102 Art Department $0.00
103 Computer Information Sciences Fund $0.00
104 School of Applied Studies Scholarship Fund $0.00
105 Art Scholarship $0.00
106 Dept. of Communication Studies Scholarship Fund $0.00
107 Computer Information Sciences Scholarship Fund $0.00
108 Theatre Arts Department Scholarship Fund $0.00
109 Philosophy & Religious Studies Scholarship Fund $0.00
110 Modern Languages Department Scholarship Fund $0.00
111 History Department Scholarship Fund $0.00
112 Family & Human Services Department Scholarship Fund $0.00
113 Cheerleading Scholarship Fund $0.00
114 Legal Studies Scholarship Fund $0.00
115 Legal Studies Fund $0.00
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