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Are you interested in declaring a Diversity & Community Studies major?

Already a WKU student, but want to major in Diversity and Community Studies?  In order to declare Diversity &Community Studies as your major, you will need to complete the Change of Major Form. This form can be found through Topnet under “Student Services/Student Records.” Please print and complete the form. After completing the form, you will then need to contact the DCS advisor, Dr. Kristi Branham to make an appointment to finalize the form. Once you have met with Dr. Branham, she will fax the Change of Major form to Academic Advising.  Please allow a few days for the change to show up in TopNet.

Scholarship opportunity

Amount - $500-$1,000, to be deposited in the student's WKU account.

Ella Baker Memorial Scholarship

Department of Diversity and Community Studies

Western Kentucky University


This scholarship is named in memory of Ella Baker to commemorate her contribution to the grassroots organizing tradition of the civil rights movement and her belief that the voice of students is essential to effecting positive social change in society.

This scholarship is open to majors and minors in the Department of Diversity and Community Studies. For the next (2019-2020) academic year, the scholarship is for any DCS major or AFAM, CSJ, GWS minor. Amount of award will be $500.00-$1,000.00

Nomination & Requirements

Any student who has a declared Diversity & Community Studies major and/or declared a related minor (African American Studies; Gender & Women’s Studies; and/or Citizenship & Social Justice) is eligible for nomination.

Students should ask their faculty mentor to nominate them. If she or he agrees, the student may proceed by sending an email to their professor with the subject line “Ella Baker Memorial Scholarship,” and include the following information in the body of the e-mail:

  1. Student Name:
  2. State Clearly that it is for the Ella Baker Scholarship
  3. Major:
  4. Minor:
  5. Statement of Interest: Provide a statement (200-500 words) describing why you are interested in the Ella Baker Memorial Scholarship and how this opportunity is related to your academic goals and commitments.

Supporting faculty members should forward the student’s original e-mail with the faculty member’s own Statement of Support in the body of the e-mail addressing academic competence and other relevant considerations for the award and use the subject line “Ella Baker Memorial Scholarship.”

Deadline: Nominations are due by Friday, April 5, 2019.  Nominations must be submitted to Heather Bailey by e-mail at heather.bailey513@topper.wku.edu

Award Notifications

Recipients will be notified of the scholarship award by April 15, 2019. The scholarship will be available for Summer 2019 and/or the 2019-2020 academic year.

Travel Funding Opportunities

DCS is committed to supporting opportunities for enrichment and professional development for students and faculty who are active participants in the program.


  • Students enrolled in the major
  • Faculty and staff who have demonstrated a commitment to DCS
  • DCS staff

Examples of travel activities:

  • Presenting a paper on a topic in DCS at any conference
  • Attending a DCS conference
  • Doing research for a project that requires travel
  • Attending a training workshop relevant to the DCS


The amount available for individuals will vary according to how many requests are received, what time of year the request is made, and what other expenses the program is experiencing. The maximum amount per academic year is $300.


Applicants submit a letter, travel request form, and supporting documents. There is no deadline, but applicants are encouraged to apply promptly. Decisions will be made by the DCS Advisor and Department Head.

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 Last Modified 2/27/19