- Associated Press - Saturday, October 15, 2016

LAWRENCE, Kan. (AP) - A student, faculty member and a theater group have received the University of Kansas’ award honoring contributions toward advancing equity and inclusion at the university.

Nate Thomas, vice provost for diversity and equity, announced the university’s Diversity Leadership Awards on Thursday.

The student recipient was Jyleesa Hampton. The graduate student was a member of the two-member team last year that became the first all African-American female team to represent Kansas at the National Debate Tournament.

The Kansas City Star reports that (http://j.mp/2eoM2bm ) the faculty winner was Shawn Alexander, an associate professor of African and African-American studies and director of the Langston Hughes Center at the university. The group award went to the KU Interactive Theatre Troupe, which is made up of students.

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Information from: Lawrence (Kan.) Journal-World, http://www.ljworld.com

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