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University of Missouri

New Diversity Leader

Kevin McDonald steers inclusion and equity in a new direction.

The University of Missouri’s new head of diversity has big plans. Kevin McDonald took over in the summer as the UM System’s permanent chief diversity, inclusion and equity officer. He’s also serving as an interim Mizzou vice chancellor. His first order of business: charting a strategic direction for MU. The restructured Division of Inclusion, Diversity and Equity encompasses MU’s Accessibility and ADA Education office, Gaines‐Oldham Black Culture Center, LGBTQ Resource Center, Multicultural Center, Office of Civil Rights & Title IX, Relationship & Sexual Violence Prevention (RSVP) Center and Women’s Center. Priorities include access and success (a more diverse Mizzou and higher graduation rates); campus climate and intergroup relations (a welcoming environment and more interaction); education and scholarship (support for co‐curricular efforts and diversity research); and institutional infrastructure (policies and processes).