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Chancellor strives to promote diverse

“‘To celebrate diversity in all aspects of university life’ is goal number five in the overall university-wide Strategic Plan at UMKC,” said Marsha Pyle, Dean of School of Dentistry and Director of Counseling Marita Barkis.

A strategic plan is the overall achievements a university hopes to accomplish in a specific duration of time.

UMKC’S 10-year strategic plan is “to lead in life and health sciences; to deepen and expand strength in visual and performing arts; to develop a professional workforce and collaborate in urban issues; and to create a vibrant learning and campus environment.”

This is the first specific plan of diversity the university has put together, although it has been underway since 2011.

Chancellor Leo E. Morton initiated the steps toward broadening diversity with a Diversity Counsel. Some of the efforts taken were focus groups, online surveys, town hall Houston Zizza Staff Writer

“‘To celebrate diversity in all aspects of university life’ is goal number five in the overall university-wide Strategic Plan at UMKC,” said Marsha Pyle, Dean of School of Dentistry and Director of Counseling Marita Barkis.

A strategic plan is the overall achievements a university hopes to accomplish in a specific duration of time.

UMKC’S 10-year strategic plan is “to lead in life and health sciences; to deepen and expand strength in visual and performing arts; to develop a professional workforce and collaborate in urban issues; and to create a vibrant learning and campus environment.”

This is the first specific plan of diversity the university has put together, although it has been underway since 2011.

Chancellor Leo E. Morton initiated the steps toward broadening diversity with a Diversity Counsel. Some of the efforts taken were focus groups, online surveys, town hall meetings and email blasts.

UMKC also reaches out to diverse students and staff by hosting African American Youth Days, an admissions effort dedicated to recruitment of underrepresented students. Access and Equality hosts the annual Woman of Color Leadership Conference and collaboration with the Hispanic Development Fund Program.

With over 30 percent of UMKC staff and students having an ethnic background, efforts towards diversity have not fallen short.

Soaring on the diversity scale does not stop UMKC from examining further achievements. The division is working closely with middle and high school institutions and students providing mentoring and tutoring.

The Diversity Strategic Plan created by the Chancellor’s Diversity Council, a group of individuals from across campus, have put countless hours in making UMKC a diverse campus.

hzizza@unews.com

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