UM System diversity task force issues recommendations

A University of Missouri System task force released recommendations Wednesday about how the system’s Columbia campus can bolster diversity within four spheres: access and success, education and scholarship, campus climate, and institutional infrastructure.

The Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Task Force made recommendations in response to a 160-page audit conducted by IBIS, an independent consulting group. The UM System Board of Curators requested the audit in November 2015 following the resignation of former UM System President Tim Wolfe, who stepped down after MU students protested a perceived lack of response by administration to racism on campus.

The audit examined several key areas in which diversity could improve: leadership, recruitment and retention, curricular diversity, campus climate, and how resources are allocated. The audit gathered information by conducting interviews with students, faculty and staff, and through focus groups. It examined policies and used an online survey.

In his response to the report, interim system President Michael Middleton said he supports the recommendations.

With the implementation of new policy, the question remains how changes will be monitored and if change will affect campus as a whole, said S. David Mitchell, the task force’s chair. Moving forward, members of the task force will serve as an advising group to monitor if goals are being met.

Read more: Columbia Missourian, St. Louis Public Radio


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