University of Missouri

Inclusive Excellence

Diversity will be invited and integrated into the very core of the University of Missouri’s educational enterprise, including our recruiting, hiring and admissions processes, our curricula and co-curricular programs, and our administrative structures and practices.

Mizzou strives to be a 21st century learning community defined by excellence through the affirmation of differences in:

  • The composition of our leadership, faculty, staff and students.
  • The configuration of our policies, procedures, organizational structures, curricula and co-curricular programs.
  • The fabric of our interpersonal relationships.

This diversity framework expresses our plan for enacting MU’s larger mission, and for its core values:

We commit to acting ethically, welcoming difference and exchanging ideas openly.
We are accountable to ourselves, each other and the public we serve.
We foster the lifelong process of seeking knowledge and greater understanding.
We reach for excellence through diligent effort and collaboration.

What Does Diversity Mean at MU?

The University of Missouri defines diversity broadly as the various mix or combinations of human differences. This allows our entire constituency to envision their identity, or multiple identities, within this inclusive definition.

MU has adopted an Inclusive Excellence model, which hinges on a cohesive, coherent and collaborative integration of diversity, inclusion and equity into MU’s pursuit of excellence. Our Inclusive Excellence model reflects an understanding that diversity, inclusion and equality are the catalysts for institutional and educational excellence — and are not isolated initiatives.

Goals and Strategies

To successfully incorporate diversity and achieve Inclusive Excellence in everything we do, Mizzou will adopt or continue to pursue the following objectives:

Increase the Cultural Competencies of All Faculty and Staff
  • Scale the use of the Intercultural Development Inventory to provide feedback to faculty and staff on their biases and deliver training.
  • Establish faculty and staff inclusion, diversity and equity learning goals and competencies in conjunction with academic units.
Improve Institutional Infrastructure to Implement Inclusive Excellence Throughout the University
  • Implement a university-wide dashboard that tracks MU’s improvement related to a series of diversity and inclusion metrics.
  • Begin producing biannual Inclusive Excellence plans from each department by 2023 that align with their divisional and campus strategic plans.
  • Create a campus-wide Council for Inclusive Excellence to oversee the development and implementation of the divisional and campus Inclusive Excellence plan and provide counsel to the Chancellor on matters of priority around diversity and inclusion.
Increase Faculty, Staff in Professional, Managerial and Leadership Positions Who Are From Underrepresented Groups
Increase Opportunities for Students to Learn Varied Perspectives of Domestic and International Diversity and Inclusion from Faculty who are Engaged in Robust Research in These Areas
  • Revisit and revise diversity-learning goals for undergraduate students with the Vice Provost for Undergraduate Studies.
  • Develop diversity and inclusion competencies for graduate and professional students with the Provost, the deans and IDE.
  • Increase study abroad participation for underrepresented students through marketing efforts, events and collaborations across MU.
  • Develop and enhance majors and minors in Disability Studies, as well as Native American and Indigenous Studies with the Provost, deans and IDE.
  • Encourage departments to engage in curriculum mapping to address opportunities for inclusion and equity through honest, transparent collaborations and dialogue between department chairs and IDE.
  • Create the Michael Middleton Center, a dynamic hub for interdisciplinary research for both faculty and students, in the College of Arts and Science.
Reduce the Historical 6-Year Graduation Rate Gap for Underrepresented FTC Undergraduates to Less Than 5 Percent By 2023 From a 3-Year Average Of 13.1 Percent (Fall 2018)
  • Develop new and bolster our existing leadership and professional development programs to help reduce our graduation rate gaps.
  • Make better use of the strengths that the Center for Academic Success and Excellence offers students. CASE is a support office focused on the persistence and graduation of MU’s underrepresented students through workshops, mentorship and access to support resources for personal and academic development.
  • Improve accessibility to ensure equal opportunity for persons with disabilities.
  • Improve the onboarding and general experience of first-time and transfer students.
  • Create opportunities for training and enhanced cultural competency among faculty and staff.
  • Identify areas where academic processes have a disparate impact on students from historically untapped and underserved groups.
  • Incorporate the Inclusive Excellence Framework into the strategies outlined in the Excellence in Student Success compact of this document.
Increase Historically Underrepresented Undergraduate Student Enrollment To 20 Percent By 2023
  • Collaborate with Enrollment Management and Admissions to target high school students in St. Louis, Kansas City and southeast Missouri.
  • Capture grants and partnerships designed to support the K-12 pipeline including state, federal, foundation, agency and private funding sources.
  • Continue to promote the Land Grant Scholars Program, as mentioned in the Excellence in Student Success compact, to help make MU more attainable for low-income students from all backgrounds.
  • Support the implementation of Men and Women of Color, Honor, and Ambition programs (also known as MOCHA and WOCHA) in Columbia and Kansas City public schools in partnership with the Dale Carnegie Foundation. These programs promote excellence and retention by providing personal, academic, cultural, social, leadership and professional development opportunities.
  • Identify barriers in the admissions process and determine how to restructure efforts to remove them.
  • Create inclusive marketing materials that highlight the MU experience for our potential students in tandem with ongoing efforts to market MU with the Joint Office of Strategic Communications and Marketing.
  • Incorporate the Inclusive Excellence Framework into the strategies outlined in the Excellence in Student Success compact.
Increase Underrepresented Graduate and Professional Student Enrollment To 15 Percent By 2023
  • Improve the graduate and professional student experience for underrepresented groups.
  • Create inclusive marketing materials that highlight the MU experience for our potential students.
  • Incorporate the Inclusive Excellence Framework into the strategies outlined in the Excellence in Student Success compact.
Increase Multicultural Alumni Engagement by Creating Additional Networks and Opportunities for These Alumni Groups By 2020
  • Expand programming and opportunities that connect these alumni to MU’s campus, students and vision.
Become A Leader in Scholarship Related to Diversity, Inclusion and Equity Research and Will Double Its Grant Support in This Area By 2023
  • Connect new and existing faculty who are working on diversity-related research with grant support.
  • Support the initiatives and strategies outlined in the Excellence in Research and Creative Works compact related to enrichment opportunities and relieving faculty of administrative burden around writing grants.
Increase the Number of Partnerships with Local and State Nonprofits, Businesses and Agencies to Help Enhance the Lives of All Missourians
  • Collaborate with MU Extension and the new Office of Engagement to identify and develop 60 partnerships with community groups and state agencies. These partnerships allow MU and its community partners to share ideas, learn from one another and hold each other accountable.
Increase Response Rate on The Campus Climate Survey To 70 Percent By 2023. And, Increase the Percentage of Faculty, Staff and Students Answering Favorably on Key Climate Survey Items to 85 Percent or Higher By 2023
  • Adopt and integrate the Principles of Community to create a campus environment where faculty, staff and students have a strong sense of belonging.
  • Scale the successful Citizenship @ Mizzou program to faculty and staff. This program uses music and dialogue to talk about active citizenship, controversy and civility and being an ally. Citizenship @ Mizzou currently focuses on freshmen and transfer students through orientation materials and Welcome Week.
  • Increase participation in diversity and inclusion programming provided across campus from our signature events such as the Martin Luther King Jr. lecture to programming offered through The Bridge in the College of Education, the Inclusivity Center in the College of Engineering, etc.
  • Elevate the visibility of MU’s 5 social justice centers:
    • The Gaines/Oldham Black Culture Center
    • The LGBTQ Resource Center
    • The Multicultural Center
    • The Relationship and Sexual Violence Prevention Center
    • The Women’s Center
  • Increase the number of structured activities that help MU’s international scholars become more engaged across campus.
  • Develop new and enhance existing advisory councils in each school and college related to inclusion and equity.
  • Create an environment that encourages the active engagement of individuals with diverse backgrounds and perspectives by bringing the community together for fact-based, civil conversations about national, regional and local issues.