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Missouri State to host statewide collaborative diversity conference

Conference to focus on four key areas, keynote open to public
Monday, March 18, 2013

hands diversity conferenceMissouri State University will host a statewide collaborative diversity conference April 18-19. The conference is intended to benefit diversity efforts in universities, corporations, government, social services and nonprofits.

The conference will showcase industry-specific best practices in research, intervention, cultural competence and pedagogy and will help attendees expand diversity networks and develop a statewide community that enhances recruitment and retention of underrepresented professionals, faculty and students.

“The value of diversity is an imperative agenda item for greater Springfield and the state of Missouri,” said Dr. Kenneth Coopwood, vice president for diversity and inclusion at Missouri State. “We must build the networks and social capital necessary to propel diversity and inclusion as a compelling interest and a jewel throughout all industries and governments.”

Tim Wise, anti-racist essayist, author and educator, will deliver the keynote address at the conference at 7:30 p.m. April 18. Wise was named one of 25 Visionaries Who are Changing Your World by Utne Reader in 2010. The keynote, which is free and open to the public, will also be streamed live. A book signing will follow.

Wise has spoken in all 50 states, on more than 800 college and high school campuses and to community groups across the nation. He has also lectured internationally in Canada and Bermuda on issues of comparative racism, race and education, racism and religion, and racism in the labor market.

Best practices presented during the conference include:

  • creative examples of research-based diversity program implementation
  • performance indicators and metrics that impact organization success and profits
  • best practices for industry-specific training and sustainable results
  • successful approaches to conduct diversity research
  • unique opportunities for success and/or progression for underrepresented populations
  • ways to affect policies that prevent us from achieving next levels of excellence

Registration for the conference is open until March 31 or until all seats are filled. Information about the conference is available online. For more information, contact the division of diversity and inclusion at (417) 836-3736.

Free parking will be available for the event in Bear Park North parking garage, Lot 44 and Lot 51, each with entrances near Elm Street and Kimbrough Avenue. A free shuttle service from Bear Park North will provide transportation to Plaster Student Union.


Media Contact

  • Dr. Ken Coopwood
  • (417) 836-3736


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