Mai-Dalton, Renate

Mai-Dalton, PhD
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Renate Mai-Dalton
  • Creator and Director of the KU Multicultural Business Scholars Program
  • Established the KU Courtsiders, the first supportive organization for the Women's Basketball Team
  • Key player in development of Blueprints for Diversity, KU’s comprehensive diversity plan
  • Director of Doctoral Programs and on the Executive Committee in the KU School of Business
  • Recipient of HOPE (Honoring Outstanding Progressive Educator) Award and the William T. Kemper Fellowship for Teaching Excellence
  • Received several Outstanding Doctoral Student Mentor Awards

In 1992 Mai-Dalton designed and implemented the Multicultural Scholars Program in the School of Business. Today that program has spread to ten other units on campus including Architecture, Education, Journalism, Pharmacy, Social Welfare, Allied Health, College of Humanities, Natural Science/Mathematics, and the Social Science. The Multicultural Scholars Program admits scholars from all racial and ethnic backgrounds as well as first generation students and students eligible for Pell Grants. These scholars have gone on to prestigious graduate school across the country and continue to make a difference in the lives of their communities. In order to fund such an amazing program, Mai-Dalton raised approximately $2 million from various donors as well as $515,000 through a FIPSE grant. As part of the grant, three Kansas Community Colleges have also founded and administered Multicultural Scholars Programs. Most of their graduates have continued their studies at four-year research institutions. Finally, we have a well-established Program at Warwick University in the UK.

Mai-Dalton and her colleagues held holiday parties and provided monetary gifts for their housekeeping staff for over 27 years, a true testament to her generosity and compassion. Thanks to those colleagues, she served a total of 13 years on the University of Kansas Athletic Board working to implement Title IX on the University of Kansas campus.

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