Bethany picked for leadership grant

Chad Frey

LINDSBORG — Bethany College was recently named as  a recipient of  a 2021 Transformation Grant by the Kansas Leadership Center.

The Kansas Leadership Center partners with different organizations each year and guides them through a three-step leadership program.

Organizations who receive the grant have one year to fill their slots by attending programs on the KLC Path: Your Leadership Edge, Lead for Change and Equip to Lead. Organizations are responsible for participant recruitment. KLC is planning to host virtual programs throughout 2021.

Dr. Adam Pryor, Vice President for Academic and Student Affairs applied for the grant on behalf of the Diversity and Inclusion Committee. Members of the Diversity and Inclusion Committee will act as the Bethany College Core team. The members of the committee are: Dr. Adam Pryor, Dr. Mark McDonald, Jessica Esquivel, Laura Jackson-Stenlund, and Brittany Torres.

According to a news release, The Diversity and Inclusion Committee recognizes that fostering a true spirit of inclusion on campus is not as easy as fixing a technical problem. It requires examining our capacity for self-evaluation, adopting common language for articulating the challenges we face, and finding ways to celebrate the successes of slow, gradual change in our community. KLC helps organizations develop the adaptive leadership skills to address large-scale, seemingly intractable, challenges and measure progress toward goals that can be difficult to quantify like promoting inclusion. In the coming weeks, the Diversity and Inclusion Committee will be soliciting additional employees to participate in the KLC program.