IDE will host a series of four events that bring the campus community together to discuss our institution’s diversity and inclusion (D&I) capacity and create action plans for our progress. These discussions will focus on themes within the American Council on Education’s research into MU’s D&I capacity, initiated after the university’s racial protests in 2015. The research is summarized in two reports. The first was published in 2018, Speaking Truth and Acting with Integrity; and the second in 2020, Leading After a Racial Crisis.

The first ACE report examined the events of 2015 and our initial efforts towards transformative and lasting change. The ACE research team reviewed the local, state, and national climate that influenced the situation; assessed MU’s capacity for diversity and inclusion work; and suggested pathways for progress after a racial crisis, using a collective trauma recovery model. In the second ACE report, the research team described our institution’s tensions, emotions, and fragmented perspectives as we work to rebuild, recover and create a new future. The report proposes a type of leadership for MU’s diversity and inclusion work that is provided by “weaver-leaders”. Summaries of both reports are available here:

There are distinct themes that emerge from both reports. They are:

  1. Communications
  2. Shared Expectations
  3. Synergistic Relationships

In our kickoff event on Jan. 21, 2021, Vice Chancellor Maurice Gipson, and IDE’s senior leadership team will facilitate a discussion of the major themes in both ACE reports. This event will be followed by action-planning related to each theme. We will focus on Communication on Feb. 25; Shared Expectations on March 25; and Synergistic Relationships on April 29.

Action Planning and Facilitation

The Division of Inclusion, Diversity & Equity is grateful for the contributions of our Inclusive Excellence Liaisons. They have given their time and effort to deploy department and college-level initiatives under the Inclusive Excellence Framework. They have also assisted with action planning and deployment of initiatives based on feedback in the ACE Reports. The Inclusive Excellence Liaisons are:

Rusty Crawford, Executive Administration Dean at the College of Veterinary Medicine
Dale Fitch, Director and Associate Professor at the School of Social Work
Rebecca Graves, Health Sciences Information Services Librarian at University Libraries
Robin Harris, Associate Dean for Academic Affairs at the Sinclair School of Nursing
Karen Hayes, Student Service Coordinator at the Center for Academic Success and Excellence
Kim Humphrey, Vice Provost of Enrollment Management and Strategic Development
Shannon Jarnegan, Assistant Vice Chancellor for Advancement Services
Kristin Flynn-Peters, Associate Teaching Professor; Co-Chair for the Council on Inclusive Excellence
Samniqueka Halsey, Assistant Professor at CAFNR
Sheri-Marie Harrison, Associate Professor in the College of Arts and Science
Ronald Kelley, Associate Professor in Journalism Studies
Theresa Metz, Director of Diversity & Inclusion at the College of Education
Chuck Munter, Associate Professor in the College of Education
Chalana Scales-Ferguson, Director of Academic Success Programs in the School of Law
Douglas Tindall, Coordinator of Student Recruitment at the College of Veterinary Medicine

Gay Albright, Associate Dean of Undergraduate Programs at Trulaske College of Business
Raquel Arouca, Director of Recruitment, Retention and Diversity Initiatives at MU Graduate School
Laura Hacquard, Associate Director at the Department of Social Justice
John Lannin, Associate Dean for Student Success and Academic Affairs for the College of Education
Nicoya Rocha Gomes, Office Manager at the Asian Affairs Center
Tommy Thomas, Diversity Initiatives Coordinator at the School of Health Professions
Lea Wood, Assistant Teaching Professor at the Sinclair School of Nursing
Jeremy Bloss, McNair Scholars Program Coordinator at the Division of IDE
Brian Brown, Deputy Athletics Director for Student-Athlete Development, Integrated Healthcare & Inclusion
Robin Clay, Manager of Diversity and Inclusion Initiatives at MU School of Medicine
Andrea Figueroa-Caballero, Assistant Professor in the Department of Communication
Deborah Finke, Director of Undergraduate Studies and Associate Professor at CAFNR
Patty Haberberger, Associate Vice Chancellor for Human Resources & Chief Human Resources Officer
Stephanie Reid-Arndt, Senior Associate Dean in the School of Health Professions and Professor in Health Psychology

Leilani Tiefenthaler, Senior Academic Advisor at Trulaske College of Business

Lydia Bentley, Associate Director at the Teaching for Learning Center
Titus Blackmon, Senior Director of Advancement for Inclusion, Diversity & Equity
Shelley Bush Rowe, Director of Process and Policy Improvement in the Division of Finance
Carolyn Henry, Dean of the College of Veterinary Medicine
Lindsay Hing, Business Career Specialist at the Trulaske College of Business
Gabrielle Malfatti, Director of Global Engagement and Ancillary Associate Teaching Professor in the College of Education
Sandy Rikoon, Former Dean of the College of Human Environmental Sciences
Cassandra Siela, Team Lead of Recruitment and Retention in the College of Engineering
Nicole Smith-McGruder, Director of Diversity and Inclusion at MU Health Care
Susanta Behura, Assistant Professor at the Animal Sciences Research Center in CAFNR
Cooper Drury, Senior Associate Dean of the College of Arts and Science, and Professor of Political Science
Ashli Grabau, Director of Strategic Initiatives and Assessment in the Division of Student Affairs
Laura Henderson Kelley, Associate Dean for Diversity and Inclusion at MU School of Medicine
Jamille Palacios Rivera, Assistant Teaching Professor at CAFNR
LeeAnne B. Sherwin, Assistant Professor at the Sinclair School of Nursing
Daniel Ticona, Assistant Manager of Hospitality Services at Campus Dining Services