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UM System leaders plan to spend $1.6 million to double minority faculty



The four current leaders of the University of Missouri System have announced new efforts to boost diversity on the system’s flagship campus in Columbia.

Kevin McDonald, interim vice chancellor for diversity, equity and inclusion, said the university is putting $1.6 million toward doubling its minority faculty numbers to 13.4 percent in four years. Of that, $600,000 would go toward faculty recruitment and retention, and $1 million would be aimed at bringing in minority doctoral candidates and preparing them for tenure track teaching posts.

He said those groups currently make up 6.7 percent of Mizzou’s faculty.

The goal is slightly different from one of the demands laid out by the group Concerned Students 1950. During last fall’s campus protests it called for the percentage of black faculty and staff members to be increased to 10 percent by the 2017-2018 school year.

University leaders also said Tuesday that starting this year, biannual campus climate and diversity surveys will be conducted on all four campuses in the system. The surveys will measure how well the university is doing with about $4.2 million worth of new initiatives it’s launching to create a “framework,” for diverse and inclusive campuses.

Read more: Kansas City Star, St. Louis Public Radio

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