LAWRENCE — Sixteen students, faculty and staff have been selected as University of Kansas Men of Merit, recognized for positively defining masculinity through challenging cultural norms, taking action and leading by example while making contributions to the university and/or community.
A reception will take place from 5-6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 16, in the Big 12 Room of the Kansas Union. A short ceremony will take place at 5:15 p.m. to individually recognize and honor each man for his campus and community contributions.
This year’s honorees include:
- Anh Nhat Le — Hanoi, Vietnam, senior, finance and information systems; minor, economics
- John Michael Handley — Onaga junior, chemical engineering
- Tomas W. Green — Lynwood, Washington, junior, chemical engineering
- Ramiro Sarmiento — Wichita senior, political science & international studies
- Roze Brooks — St. Louis graduate student, higher education administration; graduate assistant, Center for Sexuality & Gender Diversity
- Tyler James Treptow — Wonewoc, Wisconsin, graduate student, higher education administration; Scholarship Hall director
- Yueqi Yan — Baoji, Shaanxi Province, doctoral student, social welfare
- 2nd Lt. Cody Johnson — Larned graduate student, School of Public Affairs and Administration; social science research analyst, Kansas Department of Health and Human Services, Office of the Inspector General
- Clarence Lang — associate professor, African and African-American studies
- Kevin Willmott — associate professor, film and media studies
- James Anguiano — captain, KU Public Safety Office
- John Augusto — assistant vice provost for experiential learning; director, Center for Civic and Social Responsibility and Center for Undergraduate Research
- Alan J.C. Jones — complex director, GSP-Corbin; KU Student Housing
- Joshua Jones — interim director, Office of Institutional Opportunity and Access
- Tim Schlosser — Assistant athletics director, Student Athlete Development and Leadership
- John Wilson — Kansas state representative
The KU Men of Merit poster campaign was created eight years ago by former KU football player Gary Green. This project is coordinated and sponsored by the Emily Taylor Center for Women & Gender Equity.
Current research supports the important role gender plays in college students’ identity development and academic achievement. Recently, attention has been focused on men’s declining enrollment in college as well as their higher rates of underperformance and underachievement compared with women.
Recent studies indicate that nationally, male students are less likely to complete a bachelor’s degree than are female students. In addition, men are less likely to engage in volunteer activities and participate in student clubs and organizations. This growing gender gap points to the need for college campuses to address the disparity and create mechanisms for increasing men’s involvement, engagement and achievement.
This poster aims to increase awareness of the importance of education and involvement in men’s lives, inspire campus men to take an active role in their college experience and provide role models and mentors for men to be successful. Posters will be available at the reception, in the Emily Taylor Center for Women & Gender Equity offices, and can be requested by contacting the office.
Sponsors and assistance with this poster include Emily Taylor Center for Women & Gender Equity and the Office of Diversity and Equity.