College of Liberal Arts and Sciences

Barbara Koval-Nelson

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Originally a journalist, Barbara Koval Nelson has written for Business Week, Ingrams, and hosted a radio show on KPHN. Volunteer leadership positions include chairing the boards of public television KCPT, CCVI and Goldstar Scholarship. She is the Secretary of the Greater KC Sports Commission with a target interest in sports for women and girls and on the KC Convention and Visitors Association board. She spent several years on the Greater Kansas City Convention and Visitors Association. Since 2009 she has been an elected member of the Mission Hills City Council with a special interest in Architectural Review and City Planning. She serves as the Honorary Consul of the Republic of Slovenia in Kansas City.

Areas of Focus: Regional community engagement. Slovene language, Slovene studies, and Europe in general.



Our Statement on Diversity in support of Rock Chalk Invisible Hawk and the University of Kansas Black Student Union’s efforts to combat racism.
The School of Languages & Cultures serves as a gateway to understanding the diversity of the world, through learning languages, literatures, and cultures, past and present. Through its research and teaching, the SLLC offers students opportunities for deep engagement with a wide range of languages, literatures, and cultures that provide the knowledge and skills to interact with and understand the world. The faculty and students who teach, research, and learn in the SLLC consider issues of diversity fundamental to all of our work. The study of others' languages, literatures, and cultures enables us to develop deep empathy and perspective informs the way that we approach issues before us, whether on a personal, local, regional, national, or global scale. Therefore take it as axiomatic that the SLLC stands for a campus that is committed to the meaningful sharing, contemplation, and discussion of ideas that emerge from multiple cultural perspectives and experiences. We continually rededicate ourselves to the principle of diversity. We strive to create an atmosphere where all students and faculty feel comfortable and welcome to express their views as well as work together to solve conflict. Further, we view our mission as a center of diversity on a flagship campus as requiring us to lead by example.

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