NEWS & EVENTS
We are excited to partner with the Sedgwick County Election Office for the 2020 general and primary elections. The ULK will serve as a vital polling site within the urban community.
Historically, far too many voices have been missing from the polls, particularly among racially and economically disadvantaged people. In 2016, only 61% of the voting-age population reported voting, and only 59% of African Americans reported voting. That means over 20 millions African Americas did not or could not vote.
By serving as a polling site in 2020, the ULK hopes to close some of the gap seen in the urban community voting population.
Empowering Working Women
in Kansas and Missouri
Learn to negotiate your financial future through an AAUW Work Smart Salary Negotiation Workshop! This FREE virtual workshop teaches women how to determine their market worth based on their skills, experience, performance, qualifications, and responsibilities on the job. In 2017, median annual earnings for men in Kansas were $49,267 compared to $37,931 for women—an earnings ratio of 77 percent, or 42nd out of all states and the District of Columbia, according to the most recent census data. The gap is worse for most women of color and working mothers.
2020 Equal Opportunity Dinner and Awards
Thursday, October 22nd, 2020
The Equal Opportunity Dinner is an annual fundraising event that celebrates trailblazing leaders who personify ULK’s Mission of Empowering Communities and Changing Lives. The 2020 event included sponsors hosting private dinner parties, a panel of professionals to discuss actionable change for an equitable workplace, and a live stream presentation of the awards.
Please help us in thanking all our partners and sponsors!
Our Honorees: Brandon Johnson for the Whitney M. Young Leadership Award, Cox Communications for the Corporate Diversity and Inclusion Award, and Create Campaign, Inc. for the Exceptional Small Business or Nonprofit Award,
Our panel discussion moderator C. Edward Watson, II, and our amazing panelists: Angela Smith of KWCH, Alicia Sanchez of WSU Diversity and Inclusion Office, and Donna Douglas, retired Global Diversity and Inclusion Leader.
Our generous sponsors:
Empowerment Sponsors: Cox Business, Evergy, Dillons, Spirit AeroSystems
Champion Sponsors: Martin Pringle, Capitol Federal, INTRUST Bank
Opportunity Sponsors: Wichita SHRM, WSU Regional Engagement and Economic Development, Workforce Alliance of South Central Kansas, The Docking Group
Community Sponsors: Commerce Bank, Kansas Gas Service, Davis Moore Auto Group, Wichita Educational Foundation, Partners for Wichita, Berry Foundation
Media Sponsor: DTR Media, Francois Djedjes
Special Thanks: Pastor Christyn Gunter, Jodee B Catering, Davis Liquor, Personal Touch Events, Dan Shurtz, Aonya Kendrick Barnett, Tracee Adams