University of Missouri aims to increase minority faculty

4 months 1 day 20 hours ago September 14, 2016 Sep 14, 2016 Wednesday, September 14 2016 Wednesday, September 14, 2016 3:00:16 PM CDT in News
By: The Associated Press

COLUMBIA (AP) — The University of Missouri said it's putting $1.6 million toward doubling its numbers of minority faculty to 13 percent in four years.

The Kansas City Star reports that university leaders met on the Columbia campus Tuesday to discuss efforts in the past year to improve diversity, inclusion and race relations.

Kevin McDonald, interim vice chancellor for diversity, equity and inclusion, said $600,000 of the $1.6 million will be used for faculty recruitment and retention. McDonald said $1million will go toward bringing in minority doctoral candidates and preparing them for tenure track teaching posts.

The university also said that biannual campus climate and diversity surveys will be conducted on all four campuses in the system starting this year.

Efforts by the school are in response to protests held on campus last November amid racial tensions.

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