Overall Rating Gold
Overall Score 69.30
Liaison Srinivasan Raghavan
Submission Date Feb. 16, 2018
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STARS v2.1

University of Missouri
PA-4: Diversity and Equity Coordination

Status Score Responsible Party
2.00 / 2.00 Srinivasan Raghavan
Sustainability Manager
Sustainability Office
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Does the institution have a diversity and equity committee, office, and/or officer tasked to advise on and implement policies, programs, and trainings related to diversity, equity, inclusion and human rights on campus?:

Does the committee, office and/or officer focus on students, employees, or both?:
Both students and employees

A brief description of the diversity and equity committee, office and/or officer, including purview and activities:

The Division of Inclusion, Diversity & Equity (IDE) was created in the fall of 2015 to foster an inclusive living, learning, and working community where everyone is valued and inspired to reach their full potential. IDE achieves this overarching goal through programming efforts, support services and learning spaces that include: Diversity Peer Educators, the LGBTQ Resource Center, Citizenship@Mizzou, CitizenshipToo, the Office for Civil Rights & Title IX, the Gaines/Oldham Black Culture Center, the Multicultural Center, the LGBTQ Resource Center, Diversity101, Workplace Diversity trainings, and a comprehensive faculty recruitment and retention plan. Thanks to these efforts and many others, Mizzou is in position to become a national exemplar where the campus, local communities, and the state embody inclusive excellence.

Estimated proportion of students that has participated in cultural competence trainings and activities (All, Most, Some, or None):

Estimated proportion of staff (including administrators) that has participated in cultural competence trainings and activities (All, Most, Some, or None):

Estimated proportion of faculty that has participated in cultural competence trainings and activities (All, Most, Some, or None):

A brief description of the institution’s cultural competence trainings and activities for each of the groups identified above:

Anti-discrimination and Title iX training is mandatory for all students, staff and faculty.

-Cultural competency and leadership development program—Customized professional development sessions, workshops and coaching for faculty, staff and students to become culturally-competent leaders.
-Diversity 101—a 4-week online class for faculty and staff 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.
-Workplace Diversity Series—offered seven times per year, the Workplace Diversity Series provides staff, supervisors and faculty an opportunity to learn about and discuss various workplace diversity issues with colleagues from across campus. These sessions focus on a wide variety of diversity-related issues and are led by experts from across campus. Sessions take place during the lunch hour so that more people may be able to attend.
-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 in Action seminar series—Seminar series highlighting current research by faculty and graduate students on diversity-related topics.
-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.
-Equity and Hiring Training and Consultation—The MU Equity Office offers customized training and consultation on effective strategies and best practices for faculty search committees as well as training on equity issues in the workplace.
-Safe Space Training—Provided by the MU LGBTQ Resource Center, participants in the training learn about the challenges of homophobia, campus resources, and how to be supportive to members of the LGBTQ community. At the conclusion of the training, participants have the option to display a Safe Space symbol as a signal to LGBTQ individuals that they maintain a safe and affirming environment. Open to all students, staff, faculty and administrators.
-Diversity Peer Educators (MU Multicultural Center)—Diversity Peer Educators offer cultural sensitivity education and training to cultivate a greater sense of respect and understanding of culture. This program challenges students to look at cultural assumptions, stereotyping, and the different "isms" everyone faces, with a critical eye.
-Accessibility and ADA Education Training—Customized training workshops for students, staff, faculty, and administrators on etiquette for respectfully interacting with persons with disabilities; disability rights and current issues; universal design and workplace accommodations.
-Difficult Dialogues Faculty Development Program—This program helps faculty learn and practice classroom techniques in conflict resolution and deliberation; encourage cross-cultural empathy through interactive theatre; and gain awareness of diversity issues in higher education related to race, gender, sexual orientation and religious literacy.
-The Office of Inclusion, Diversity and Equity also provides additional custom training and workshops to all divisions on campus upon request.

The website URL where information about the programs or initiatives is available:
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