Trumanue arrived at the Youth Development Leadership (YDL) program as an associate within the Multicultural Center for Academic Excellence at the University of Minnesota. Looking to further his education and career in higher education, Trumanue enrolled in the fall of 2007 in the YDL Master’s program. During his time in the program, he focused his studies on youth development theory, experiential learning and youth work through web design. Upon graduating from the YDL program in 2010, Trumanue held various roles as an Academic Advisor and Coordinator at numerous community colleges in the Twin Cities area before leaving this past fall (2018) for his current role as the Director of Diversity & Multicultural Student Life at Kansas State University. For the past several years students have voiced their concerns to administration on how to make a more welcoming and inclusive environment for diverse student populations at Kansas State University.
Included in those concerns have been a lack of diverse representation in key administrator roles across campus and a lack adequate space devoted for multicultural students on campus. Hearing the needs of the students; just within the past couple of years, K-State has been able to create and hire upper level positions to further support the recruitment, retention and graduation of multicultural students on campus. In addition to that, the Kansas Board of Regents recently approved the building of a brand new Multicultural Student Center. The center will be a 14,000 sq ft building that will sit adjacent to the student union. With the continued support from our corporate partners, alumni and community, the privately funded structure has a groundbreaking timeline of summer 2019 with a fall 2020 open.