A Community of Care

Group of diverse women sitting outdoors talking with laptops on their laps.

Our Community of Care Mission:

We recognize the implicit value and inherent worth of all people we work with and serve. We focus on cultivating an environment of mutual respect, learning and open communication, and we are committed to creating a culture that supports the needs of each individual.

About Our Community of Care Efforts

Our mission is aligned with KU leaderships focus on creating a campuswide community of care. Our Community of Care Advisory Group to the Chief Information Officer (CIO) recommends and advocates for education and practices that provide opportunities for each person to achieve their academic and professional goals.

Community of Care Advisory Group Goals

  1. Increase awareness of and support for the importance of a community of care within KU IT.
  2. Recommend and advocate for adoption of strategies to create a workplace that respects and supports the needs of each individual.
  3. Participate in community outreach to foster a community of care within KU IT and the IT industry through collaborative relationships with community members.

Technology Initiatives

We have worked with campus partners on several initiatives to promote and support a community of care on campus, including making it possible for students to customize their email address, and use their preferred name and pronouns in many KU systems. We also have improved the accessibility of course materials in our learning management systems and content on KU websites with the introduction in 2021 of the Ally solution.


Accessibility for all people is an important component of our efforts toward creating a community of care at KU. Ally is just one tool content providers can use to help make content more accessible. The Accessible KU website provides support and information to help meet our accessibility goals, including guidance for content providers to help ensure all content is accessible.

Aligning with KU Strategic Plan and Values

Our efforts within KU IT align with the university's commitment and campus initiatives being in the Jayhawks Rising strategic plan.