Southeast Missouri State Univ. group offers diversity ideas

2 years 4 months 4 weeks ago Monday, January 18 2016 Jan 18, 2016 Monday, January 18, 2016 1:26:53 PM CST January 18, 2016 in News
By: The Associated Press

CAPE GIRARDEAU (AP) — A committee tasked with assessing diversity issues at Southeast Missouri State University is presenting its findings next week.

The Southeast Missourian reports that the 32-person task force was a response to student-led protests after last year's grand jury decision not to indict a Ferguson police officer who shot and killed Michael Brown.

Training and professional development for faculty and staff are among the objectives the group identified. Two meetings to discuss the findings are planned for Jan. 27.

Southeast president Carlos Vargas-Aburto says having a culturally diverse background becomes an invaluable tool in the workplace.

African-American students made up 8.5 percent of Southeast's student body last fall, and international students made up 9.4 percent.

The changes are expected to be implemented as soon as the spring semester.

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