Truman State is actively committed to supporting a diversity of both students and staff at the University. This diversity strengthens us and makes us a more dynamic institution. Our efforts to assist underrepresented and low-income students as much as possible in their journey to and at Truman State University are an important step in achieving this goal. In this way, with financial assistance programs, education materials, and support groups, we hope to make Truman an ever more inviting and practical University.
Diversity and Equity Coordination
Truman State University offers several activities during the school year to make students aware of different cultures, as well as student groups themselves. The Multicultural Affairs Center offers grants for and hosts events that promote cultural understanding across campus, including Black History Month, Hispanic Heritage Month, and Asian American Heritage Month.
Starting in Spring 2016, students may attend a minimum number of 12 events over the course of their semester and write a short reflection on their experiences to earn a Certificate of Inclusivity. This program is designed to help widen student awareness to issues affecting others, and to get them involved on already-ongoing events on campus.
Additionally, there are a variety of student organizations which promote diversity and multi-cultural awareness. Through service, leadership, and campus participation, these organizations give students a way to express themselves, a chance for camaraderie, and a feeling of purpose. Listed below are just a few of the organizations sponsored by the MAC:
Student Contact: Cory Hogan, firstname.lastname@example.org
Description: The Truman State University Government Diversity Committee works to foster an inclusive environment by sponsoring campus activities such as Diversity Week, and partnering with the Multicultural Affairs Center to create a healthy, diverse living space for members of all races, classes, gender identities, and sexual preferences.
Student Contact: Valerie Alvarado, email@example.com
Advisor: Sergio Escobar, firstname.lastname@example.org
Description: The Hispanic American Leadership Organization (HALO) not only works to promote unity among hispanic students, but also inclusivity for students of all races that are interested in learning about Hispanic cultures and social issues and improving their Spanish speaking. HALO offers service opportunities for students, including translating in Milan and Kirksville, and volunteering at the Health Action Center with its cultural projects.
Student Contact: Joseph Madu, email@example.com
Advisor: Kathy Otero, firstname.lastname@example.org
Description: The National Association of Black Accountants (NABA) offers networking and career-building opportunities for minority students pursuing degrees in business, accounting, economics, or a related field.
Student Contact: Luke Bishop, email@example.com
Advisor: Dr. Audrey Viguier, firstname.lastname@example.org
Description: United Speakers is a student organization dedicated to serving the English-as-a-Second-Language (ESL) Community of Kirksville through language classes and volunteer opportunities. United Speakers offers weekly English lessons to Spanish and French community members; volunteers to translate during parent-teacher conferences in Milan, MO; and conducts interviews of immigrants in Northeast Missouri so that their stories may be shared.
Student Contact: Jasmine Perry, email@example.com
Advisor: Sana Camara, firstname.lastname@example.org
Description: The African Students Association (ASA) works to create an environment of camaraderie for incoming and outgoing African students of Truman State, and serve as as resource for students interested in learning about African culture. The ASA offers numerous on-campus events throughout the year, and seeks to raise awareness of about African topics and issues.
Student Contact: Shannon Marshall, email@example.com
Advisor: Shinya Uchida, firstname.lastname@example.org
Description: The Japanese Language Exchange Group (JLEG) works to promote cultural and language exchange by providing opportunities for native Japanese speakers to practice English, and native English speakers to practice Japanese.
Student Contact: Sunwoo Kim, email@example.com
Advisor: Yuna Ferguson, firstname.lastname@example.org
Description: The Korean-American Student Association (KASA) works to promote Korean and American cultural exchange by creating opportunities for American students to learn about Korean culture. The KASA offers numerous campus events throughout the year, including fundraisers, meetings, and educational opportunities.
Student Contact: Mosaic Shrestha, email@example.com
Advisor: Julie Lochbaum, firstname.lastname@example.org
Description: Namaste Nepal works to promote cultural exchange and diversity among Truman students by offering educational opportunities and celebrations of Nepali culture.
There are also four historically black fraternities and sororities represented on Truman’s campus:
In the Fall 2015 semester, a new committee was founded called the Committee to Develop a University Strategic Plan for Inclusive Excellence, dedicated specifically to improving campus climate and promoting diversity even further:
- Jamie Ball, Co-Chair, Institutional Compliance
- John Gardner, Co-Chair, Residence Life
- Carol Bennett, Multicultural Affairs
- Michelle Blakely, Disability Services
- Heather Cianciola, McNair Program
- Aaron Cone, student
- Melanee Crist, Center for International Students
- Christy Crouse, Student
- Jon Gering, School of Science and Mathematics
- Amber Johnson, Society and Environment
- Jiawei (Brandon) Lu, Student
- Maha Mohamed, Student
- Mica Smith, Student
- Justin Wilson, Admission
Assessing Diversity and Equity
Our EBI Campus-wide Student Climate/Diversity Assessment was originally developed in partnership with The Ohio State University in 2003 and has been validated in two administrations. With over 20 factors, this comprehensive assessment provides insight into the perceptions of students on the campus’ climate. EBI’s assessments are designed to enable Truman to leverage results to use to make informed decisions that drive continuous improvement.
Support for Future Faculty Diversity
Truman supports the Ronald E. McNair Postbaccalaureate Achievement Program. This program directly supports under-served and under-represented students who plan to join our faculty.