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Programs and Services

The Chancellor’s Diversity Initiative Office at the University of Missouri has designed our programs and services to help enhance institutional diversity and promote an inclusive and welcoming campus. This includes opportunities for all of our students, faculty, staff and statewide community to learn, develop and succeed in a diverse and competitive global society.

Leadership and Strategic Planning

  • Campus climate researchexternal link—a comprehensive self-evaluation that provides new information about how majority and minority group members perceive the current climate for diversity at MU. Data collected from the study is used to help develop new programs and strategic planning efforts for enhancing MizzouDiversity.
  • Cultural competency and leadership program—delivers customized professional development sessions, workshops and coaching for faculty, staff and students to become culturally-competent leaders. Workshops help participants develop the skills that will help them live, work and thrive in multicultural settings whether in the United States or abroad.
  • Leadership in Diversity series—a forum for college and department leaders from across campus to share their strategies for promoting an inclusive learning and research environment. Participation in this series will bring administrators, faculty, staff and students in contact with the latest opportunities and challenges facing the University of Missouri regarding diversity planning.

Equity and Compliance

The MU Equity Officeexternal link, a division of the Chancellor's Diversity Initiative, provides campus-wide leadership, coordination and assistance on institutional matters of equity and compliance. The MU Equity director also serves as the campus-wide Title IX coordinator and affirmative action officer for academic positions.

  • Bias incident reporting—The MU Equity Officeexternal link tracks bias incidents, including hate crimes, via the web-based bias incident reporting formexternal link. A bias incident is any act of intolerance which is committed against any person, group, or property and which discriminates, stereotypes, harasses, or excludes anyone based on some part of their identity. By voluntarily supplying their name and contact information, people can also initiate the inquiry process.
  • Informal inquiry process—The MU Equity Office assists individuals who believe they may have been harassed or treated differently than others in the same situation through an informal inquiry processexternal link.
  • Faculty exit interviewsexternal link—provide additional data to help us understand the campus climate, what motivates faculty to leave—or stay, and how we can enhance faculty work experience and better meet faculty needs. Once we have notice of ranked faculty who are terminating their employment, we invite them to complete a web-based exit interview. Any faculty member who would like to arrange a face-to-face exit interview may contact the MU Equity Officeexternal link to make arrangements.

Training and Professional Development

Our office provides education and assistance on institutional matters of equity and compliance, leadership and development, and cultural competency through the offering of training and workshops. Our professional staff is also available to all divisions on campus to assess, advise, guide and coach the change process in developing a multicultural, inclusive and global organization. We can provide problem-specific interventions to a comprehensive strategically-driven overhaul.

  • Cultural competency and leadership program—delivers customized professional development sessions, workshops and coaching for faculty, staff and students to become culturally-competent leaders. Workshops help participants develop the skills that will help them live, work and thrive in multicultural settings whether in the United States or abroad.
  • Diversity, Difference and Conflict—a free 20-30 minute online training tool to help participants explore how they approach conflict in the workplace and what effect diversity has on conflict and relationships.
  • Diversity 101—This online class is a highly interactive introduction to diversity particularly as it pertains to working at MU. A core aspect of the course design is peer-to-peer learning through discussion boards in order to draw upon the rich and diverse experiences of colleagues across campus. Other aspects of the class include videos, reflection journal, and self-guided activities.
  • Custom training and workshops—education and assistance on institutional matters of equity and compliance, leadership and development, and cultural competency. Our professional staff is also available to all divisions on campus to assess, advise, guide and coach the change process in developing a multicultural, inclusive and global organization. We can provide problem-specific interventions to a comprehensive strategically-driven overhaul.

Discovery Programs

  • ArtCORE—The ArtCORE performance and exhibition series brings people together to share their cultures, values and experiences while learning about others through art. 
  • CDI Ambassadors program—a select group of dedicated students who represent the CDI. These undergraduate, graduate, and professional students volunteer to actively support the university’s mission of enhancing institutional diversity and promoting a more inclusive and welcoming campus. 
  • Difficult Dialoguesexternal link—designed to stimulate rigorous intellectual inquiry, and to empower students to express opposing views respectfully and in the spirit of open-mindedness. Program activities provide an environment in which differing views are defended, heard, and considered by those who hold conflicting ideas and values across cultures.
  • Diversity in Action series—a brown bag series highlighting diversity-related research at Mizzou.
  • Leadership in Diversity series—a forum for college and department leaders from across campus to share their strategies for promoting an inclusive learning and research environment. Participation in this series will bring administrators, faculty, staff and students in contact with the latest opportunities and challenges facing the University of Missouri regarding diversity planning.
  • Mizzou Human Library Project—The Mizzou Human Library project connects Mizzou students, staff, and faculty with people belonging to groups that are frequently confronted with prejudices and stereotypes. These people have agreed to be "living books" in the library and share their experiences and perspectives with readers, reply to reader questions and even ask questions of their readers.
  • My Book, Your Book, Their Book, No Book—The My Book series was developed by the CDI Ambassadors to give MU students the opportunity to delve into the relationships between people from many religions and belief systems in an open and safe environment. Participants are encouraged to ask questions, help make connections, share ideas and learn the facts.
  • You in Mizzou—a dialogue program for MU students that challenges participants to discuss differences and discover similarities in a safe and respectful environment while experiencing the rich diversity of Mizzou and the beliefs of those around them.

Campus-wide Events

  • Mizzou Inclusive Excellence Awardsexternal link—given to individuals or groups annually who, as part of the Mizzou community, have made exemplary contributions to any area of diversity, including but not limited to issues of gender, racial-ethnic background, language, religious belief, sexual orientation, abilities and disabilities, national and geographical origin and economic strata.
  • Martin Luther King, Jr. (MLK) Annual Celebrationexternal link—commemorates the contributions of Martin Luther King, Jr. With funding and through the support of the MLK Jr. planning committee, nationally recognized speakers such as Charles Blow, Patricia Williams, James McBride and Michael Eric Dyson have presented guest lectures at this annual celebration.
  • MizzouDiversity Summitexternal link—brings the campus community together bi-annually to dialogue and plan strategies which help strengthen the MU identity as an environment or culture that values diversity in its many ways and forms.  Participants learn of progress made over the course of the intervening two years, gather information, contribute individual perspectives and participate in a dialogue intended to further our progress toward a more inclusive and welcoming Mizzou.
  • Coffee with Noor—Assistant Deputy Chancellor for Diversity Noor Azizan-Gardner will be available every Friday, from 8 a.m. to 9 a.m. in the Bengal Lair, Memorial Union to answer questions or discuss your concerns about diversity-related issues at MU.

Diversity Information and Resources

  • MizzouDiversity web portalexternal link— a central clearinghouse for diversity-related information and resources at Mizzou.
  • MizzouDiversity events calendarexternal link—comprehensive calendar of diversity-related events at Mizzou and in the Columbia community.
  • MU Guide to Religionsexternal link— general educational and reference tool for our MU community that includes information for significant dates, practices and accommodations. Along with the religious resources, it is intended to help expand understanding and strengthen relationships of the diverse religious and non-religious groups at Mizzou.
  • Diversity researchersexternal link—a database of MU faculty conducting research in diversity and diversity-related areas.
  • Bulletin board kitsexternal link—Printable pages on diversity topics that can be posted on bulletin boards throughout campus.

Promotions and Program Support

  • Promotions—Our office helps support campus and community diversity-related organizations and departments by promoting events, programs and news in a variety ways. We can post events on the MizzouDiversity and MU calendars, through Facebook, on sandwich boards placed around campus, or at our resource table used to promote campus diversity at informational fairs such as Summer Welcome
  • Diversity Enhancement Fund—Financial support for campus diversity activities and events that further our mission to promote inclusive excellence and a welcoming campus is available through our office. Sponsored activities have included invited speakers, cultural events, student ceremonies, performances and film screenings.

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Last Updated: December 09, 2013