The Commons offers a platform for fostering partnerships across the University. In 2017, departments, schools, and units across the University came together to serve as liaisons for the University and the Alliance for the Arts in Research Universities (a2ru).

KU is committed to promoting cross-disciplinary growth and activity among faculty and students, and within that, several schools, units, and departments, rely on the principles and practices of the arts to do their work. They offer opportunities to explore, examine, and present topics that are revealed and uniquely experienced through cross-disciplinary involvement with the arts.

KU Ambassadors for the partnership with a2ru include: