Our next leader in this role will be pivotal in our ongoing efforts to achieve the goals articulated in our Inclusive Excellence Framework throughout our university, which is central to our core missions of teaching, research and service. Critical work remains to build upon recent progress and to weave this work into the fabric of the institution.
The MU community is deeply committed to the principles and practices of an inclusive, and supportive environment for all faculty, staff, students and visitors. Since its inception just a few years ago, IDE has helped us focus on important areas including inclusive education and training, recruitment and retention, accessibility, student access and success, and campus engagement, among others. The team has helped instill principles of inclusive excellence across our campus community and beyond.
The Division of Inclusion, Diversity & Equity includes the offices of Access and Leadership Development, Inclusive Engagement, Accessibility and ADA, Civil Rights & Title IX, and the Department of Social Justice that includes the Gaines/Oldham Black Culture Center, LGBTQ Resource Center, Multicultural Center, Relationship and Sexual Violence Prevention (RSVP) Center and the Women’s Center. The division works to reaffirm MU’s commitment to growing and sustaining a diverse and welcoming environment for every member of the Mizzou community and our guests.
Your feedback is important as we launch our search. Join members of the Search Committee as we discuss the desired characteristics and qualifications of candidates for the position.
The open forum will be held at 4 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 19, in Memorial Union’s Wrench Auditorium. The forum will be led by search committee co-chairs, Dr. Pat Okker and Michael Middleton, and me.
After the forum, additional stakeholder meetings for faculty, staff and students will also be held to provide more focused discussions and chances for feedback:
- Student Session: November 19, 5:30-6:30 p.m., 2205 A&B MU Student Center
- Faculty Session: November 20, 9:30-10:15 a.m., Lambert Room 200A, Reynolds Journalism Institute
- Staff Session: November 20, 10:30-11:15 a.m., Lambert Room 200A, Reynolds Journalism Institute
In addition to these in-person sessions, we also welcome your individual perspectives on this search by completing a survey hosted by our search firm partners at Isaacson, Miller. This information will also be shared with the search committee and inform the efforts taken in recruiting exceptional people to this role. If you have nominations of individuals for the search firm to approach, please submit those here.
The committee looks forward to hearing from you. Please use this opportunity to share your perspective, hear others’ views and participate in an important university process. The forum will be livestreamed for those unable to attend.
Alexander N. Cartwright, PhD