Diversity at Missouri Gets Richer

1 decade 2 years 7 months ago Monday, December 12 2005 Dec 12, 2005 Monday, December 12, 2005 9:31:11 PM CST December 12, 2005 in News

About 27,000 students call the University of Missouri their home away from home. But some feel more at home than others, so MU education professor Roger Worthington wants to change that. 

On Monday, Worthington and a group of teachers got a $100,000 Ford Foundation grant called "Difficult Dialogue" to start a project on campus.

"The Ford Foundation is interested in such things as Islamaphobia and addressing issues like harassment of Middle Easterners or people from Arab or Muslim backgrounds," Worthington explained.

In a five-year study at MU, 37% of those surveyed said religious intolerance was one of the most common sources of campus hate crimes. Now, MU has a chance to change that because it's one of only 26 schools in the nation to get such a grant.

Worthington, who is also a faculty fellow in the office of the deputy chancellor, says the grant will help the school in more ways then one. The program will have three phases, including faculty classroom development on topics such as religious beliefs. The first phase of the project will start next month.

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