Class of 1991
Dr. Rana Johnson
01. What did you study at SU and when did you graduate?
I received my Bachelor of Science in Mass Communications and I graduated in 1991.
02. What is your professional role- how would you describe your work?
I began my tenure as the inaugural Vice President for Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Belonging at Kansas State University on December 1, 2022.
I oversee and manage K-State’s new Division of Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Belonging, including administrative oversight of the Office of Institutional Equity.
I am a servant leader responsible for DEIB strategic planning and creating opportunities to define, assess and promote inclusive excellence across each of the K-State campuses: Global, Manhattan, Olathe, and Salina. I endeavor to implement strategies that create a welcoming environment for ALL members of the student body and workforce.
My higher education career began at Kentucky’s statewide postsecondary and adult education coordinating agency- the Council on Postsecondary Education (CPE). It was an honor to serve the citizens of the commonwealth for 18 years!
03. What are the ways SU helped prepare you for what you are currently experiencing both at work and in your personal life?
Sister Miriam Catherine Corcoran was my favorite professor! She empowered me to develop a sense of belonging, as a woman of color, when representation at Spalding University was limited. Her encouragement and support also enabled me to transition into a master and doctoral degree program. As a first-generation college completer, my education keeps me humble!
I recently learned that Sister Corcoran was an advocate for social justice. The impact she made in my life continues through the DEIB work that I have engaged in for more than two decades. I have also been BLESSED to work at higher education institutions in multiple states: Kentucky, New Mexico, Maine, Indiana, and most recently, Kansas. I am an extension of Sister Corcoran’s commitment to social justice!
04. What is your favorite memory from your time at SU?
My favorite memory is being in community with several African American scholars & high achievers (Tonya, Joy, Krista, Althea), and serving as a support system for one another…. to create and strengthen our sense of belonging!
05. What was your favorite spot on campus as a student?
My FAVORITE locations on campus was the library & the mansion! I would visit the mansion and pray.
I HAVE TWO:
I can do ALL things through Christ who strengthens me!
For whom much is given, much is required!
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