ABOUT DIVERSITY AT MIZZOU
Recruitment and Retention of Students, Faculty and Staff
As a vital component of its mission, the University of Missouri (MU) works to increase the representation of the underserved and underrepresented segments of the population in higher education.
The Undergraduate Admissions Office can assist students with applying to MU, scheduling a campus visit, and scholarship information. The Office of Access Initiatives helps bring MU opportunities and resources to students, families, and education professionals in the K-12 arena. Access Initiatives coordinates the University’s statewide college access strategy with an emphasis on increasing the college readiness and college-going culture around the state. Academic Retention Services provides programs and activities designed to support students and promote academic achievement and progress towards graduation.
The Graduate School sponsors several programs that geared towards the recruitment and retention of prospective underrepresented and/or first-generation college graduate students. Prospective graduate students are also strongly encouraged to contact their respective departments of interest directly in order to obtain program-specific information and also explore funding options. Information regarding applying to graduate school, tuition, fees, diversity interests and student resources can also be found on the Graduate School website.
Department and division management share responsibility with Human Resource Services for the recruitment and retention of staff employees. As part of the affirmative action plan required by the federal government, Human Resource Services identifies job titles in which women or minorities are underrepresented (i.e., are represented in our workforce in numbers significantly disproportional to their availability for hiring). Hiring units are required to make special efforts to recruit women and/or members of recognized minority groups when the job is determined to have underrepresentation.
On the academic side, the Chancellor’s Diversity Initiative assists department and division management to recruit and retain employees. Faculty recruitment and selection resources are available to promote best practices for effective searches. Campus-wide retention efforts are centered on improving campus climate, supporting identity-group networking, and promoting cultural competency.