Chancellor's Diversity Council

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The UMKC Chancellor’s Diversity Council was established in September 2011 to facilitate the realization of UMKC’s strategic vision and goals, specifically, Goal Five of the Campus Strategic Plan: Embrace Diversity.

As an urban research university, UMKC values diversity as central to our mission. To develop the strategic plan, the Council – which includes various faculty, staff, students and community members – held a series of public forums on campus and in the community and met with groups large and small across campus. The Council took the input from those forums and discussions and developed the current Diversity Strategic Plan for the university.

Co-chairs, Chancellor Mauli Agrawal and Vice Chancellor of Diversity and Inclusion Dr. Susan Wilson, oversee the 30-plus member Council that is dedicated to: cultivating an environment of civility and respect; providing a diverse learning environment; recruiting and retaining a diverse campus community; and promoting collective ownership of diversity initiatives across the campus.

 

Mission of the Chancellor’s Diversity Council

Diversity at all levels is critical to UMKC’s mission of providing an environment defined by the belief that a multiplicity of values and beliefs, interests and experiences, intellectual and cultural viewpoints enrich learning and inform scholarship. Respect for the culture that makes UMKC a dynamic teaching, research and service environment is a basic institutional value. The Diversity Council’s goal reaches across the institution to promote access, respect, inclusiveness and community in all of UMKC’s working and learning environments.