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Coordinator — Gaines/Oldham Black Culture Center

Gaines/Oldham Black Culture Center
813 Virginia Ave.

Velma Buckner:

Velma Buckner currently serves as the Sr. Coordinator of the Gaines/Oldham Black Culture Center (GOBCC). She has worked in Higher Education for the past 13 years at the University of Missouri. A native of Columbia, Missouri, Velma studied at Columbia College where she received both her B.A. and M.S. in Criminal Justice. She later received a Master of Education in Educational Leadership Policy and Analysis at the University of Missouri.

In her current role, she is responsible for overseeing and coordinating numerous innovative educational, social, and cultural programs, and initiatives centered around diversity and inclusion with a specific commitment to improving the culture and environment for marginalized students.

Additionally, Velma serves as the adjunct program instructor of the Mizzou Black Women’s Initiative (MBWI), a program that focuses on equipping African American female students with the appropriate tools to promote student success along with skills to be successful leaders in their undergraduate careers.

Velma continuously demonstrates her dedication for higher education, student success, as well as diversity, equity, and inclusion through her collaborative efforts with campus and community partners.

Educational background:
Columbia College: Bachelors of Arts, Criminal Justice Administration (2004)
Columbia College: Master of Science, Criminal Justice (2010)

How long have you been at the university?
I have been at the Gaines/Oldham Black Culture Center for 10 years. Total in other roles and with the university for 15 years.

What committees, professional organizations or other groups do you serve on?
Serve as the adviser for the Legion of Black Collegians, Black Women Rock! and several other student organizations. Instructor for Mizzou Black Women’s Initiative SSC 1150 course.