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Diversity Trainers Collaborative
Mizzou is lucky to have a pool of talented diversity trainers, each with various specialties. If your group is interested in exploring the intersections between these topic categories, we can help coordinate a team of trainers that can work with you. You may contact the trainers directly or Marlo Goldstein Hode, graduate coordinator of diversity programming and professional development, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Noor Azizan-Gardner is the chief diversity officer at the University of Missouri and has been working with intercultural issues in the United States and Europe for the last 19 years. Her work focuses on creating culturally-competent leaders, and she has done extensive workshops, lectures, and consulting on diversity and intercultural competency for the private and public sectors, the police, and the armed forces.
Suzy Day is a graduate of the University of Missouri with a bachelor of arts in women's and gender studies. She is currently working towards her masters in public affairs and is the coordinator for the Women’s Center. Suzy offers trainings related to gender roles, sexism, women’s history, feminism, language and labels, and intersectionality.
Noel English is the director of MU Equity for the Chancellor's Diversity Initiative. Noel has experience as director of affirmative action and coordinator of disability services in a higher education setting. Noel earned a law degree from Northwestern University, but nevertheless believes that a strictly legalistic approach is not necessarily the best way to help people who seek assistance. She remains optimistic that at an institution of higher learning people can learn to listen to one another.
Heather Eastman-Mueller works for the Student Health Center as a Certified Health Educator and is Coordinator of the Sexual Health Program at the University of Missouri. She currently serves as an affiliate faculty member in the Department of Women's and Gender Studies and is the co-founder of the TransAction Team, a multi-disciplinary team of faculty, staff and students who advocate, educate and promote gender inclusion and policy change campus-wide. Her primary training includes issues of diversity (intersectionality) in general and in particular sexuality, gender, healthcare and LGBTQ issues.
Marlo Goldstein Hode
Marlo Goldstein Hode currently serves as the graduate coordinator of programming and professional development for the Chancellor's Diversity Initiative. She is a third-year doctoral student in organizational communication with an LL.M program in dispute resolution at MU's Law School and a master's in intercultural communications. She has a professional background in international business, customer service, teaching/training, mediation, conflict management, and dispute system design. She provides training in general diversity issues, conflict management, and intercultural communication.
Barbara Hammer is director of the Office of Disability Services and has worked in that office since January 2001. Barb has worked in the field of disability services for over 30 years, with positions in higher education as well as in rehabilitation services in both the private and public sector in Minnesota, Washington, and Missouri. She is a seasoned counselor and consultant, and has a wide range of experience in the areas of education and employment of persons with disabilities. Barbara provides training based on her strong advocacy for the social model of disability including: universal design/universal design for learning, disability etiquette, and re-thinking disability/shifting the paradigm.
Lee Henson has been MU's ADA Coordinator since 1993. Lee is an attorney with more than 35 years of experience in the civil rights world working for state and local civil rights agencies. After injuring his spinal cord in a bicycle accident in 1986, he was denied reemployment by the Justice Department, despite an excellent work record. He then pursued a career in the disability field. Lee offers various trainings related to disability rights and disability inclusion including: ADA Basics, ADA Key Employment Issues, ADA Key Student Issues, A Disability-Friendly Campus, The ADA and Communications Accessibility, and more.
Struby Struble is a graduate from the University of Missouri with a bachelor degree in English. Since her graduation in 2004, she has lived abroad in Spain, worked in the Department of Student Life at the University of Missouri in various positions, and played semi-professional soccer in San Francisco, Calif. She is currently the coordinator of the MU LGBTQ (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer) Resource Center, and gives trainings on all manner of LGBTQ issues, including but not limited to Safe Space Training, coming out issues, and transgender identity basics. She has also trained on feminism, gender, body image, media influence, why diversity matters, and intersectionality.