UM System announces initiatives to improve diversity

11 months 2 weeks 2 days ago February 03, 2016 Feb 3, 2016 Wednesday, February 03 2016 Wednesday, February 03, 2016 1:05:00 PM CST in News
By: Luisangel Rodriguez, KOMU 8 Digital Producer

COLUMBIA - The University of Missouri System announced initiatives to address the racial climate on its campuses.

In a press release, the UM system declared one-time funding of $921,000 for campus initiatives to create a “more diverse, inclusive, and equitable organization.”

Those initiatives include a campus climate survey, additional training for campus, system administration and students, and mental health support.

The UM system will also continue the search for a chief diversity, equity and inclusion officer by hosting open forums for three final candidates.

"As one of the goals during my interim presidency, the UM System is focused on achieving the diversity, equity and inclusion initiatives established by the board," UM System Interim President Michael Middleton said. "As part of that effort, we are committed to involving all of our student groups on our four campuses as we look for solutions to the issues that challenge us, and have been developing mechanisms to ensure student voices are heard."

The open forums begin February 9.

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