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Humanity First

At ESU we believe in equal justice + humanity first

School of Everyone is Welcome

Emporia State will continue to pursue every opportunity to actively engage with students and in our community to make progress in the fight against social injustice.

What you can do:

  • Acknowledge the need to address systemic patterns of prejudice, discrimination, or antagonism resulting in unfair treatment in your sphere of influence.
  • Invest time and energy in learning. Resources below to get you started.
  • Engage in meaningful ways including conversation and peaceful action.

Humanity First Discussions

Campus in Fall

Ideas into Action

Fountain in front of campus

Self-Accountability + Community Action

Clock tower in Emporia State's Union Square

How did we get here?

Emporia State Plumb Hall

Conversation Inspired by George Floyd


Campus aerial photo of Emporia State

Alumni PRIDE Panel

Watch the Alumni PRIDE Panel and learn about 50 years of LGBTQ+ pride at Emporia State.

Alumni PRIDE Panel

Civil Discourse Resources

The resources on this page can be helpful during this season in which some of us feel detached or isolated because of COVID-19 precautions, which also can increase our stress.



White Fragility: Why It's So Hard for White People to Talk About Racism

Diangelo, Robin (Author) Dyson, Michael E (Foreword)
ISBN 9780807047422 (eBook) ISBN 9780807047415 (Paper)

The Fire Next Time

Baldwin, James
eISBN 978-0-8041-4972-3

How to Be an Antiracist

Kendi, Ibram X
ISBN 9780525509295 (eBook) ISBN 9780525509288 (Paper)

Stony the Road: Reconstruction, White Supremacy, and the Rise of Jim Crow

Gates, Henry Louis, Jr.
ISBN 9780525559559 (Paper) ISBN 9780525559542 (eBook)

Superior: The Return of Race Science

Saini, Angela
ISBN 9780807076910 (Paper) ISBN 9780807076941 (eBook)

Me and White Supremacy: Combat Racism, Change the World, and Become a Good Ancestor

Saad, Layla F
ISBN 9781529405088 (eBook) ISBN 9781529405095 (Paper)

The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness, 10th Anniversary Edition

Alexander, Michelle
ISBN 9781620971949 (eBook) ISBN 9781620971932 (Paper)

Why Are All the Black Kids Sitting Together in the Cafeteria?

Tatum, Beverly Daniel
ISBN 9780465060689 (Paper) ISBN 9781541616585 (eBook)

Dying of Whiteness: How the Politics of Racial Resentment Is Killing America's Heartland

Metzl, Jonathan M
ISBN 9781541644960 (eBook) ISBN 9781541644977 (Paper)