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CALENDAR ITEM: MU to Host 2010 Mizzou Diversity Summit

September 21st, 2010

Story Contact: Nathan Hurst, 573-882-6217,

WHAT: The 2010 Mizzou Diversity Summit will bring the MU campus community together to discuss and plan strategies to strengthen MU’s identity as an environment and culture that values diversity in its many ways and forms.

Participants will learn of the progress the university has made over the course of the past two years, gather information, contribute individual perspectives and be part of a dialogue intended to further the university’s progress toward a more inclusive and welcoming Mizzou community.

The summit will begin with a town hall meeting and continue with two keynote addresses as well as several workshops and panels. Panel topics include: “Organizational Justice: Fairness and Equity at Work”, “Translating Transgender”, “Faculty Diversity, Research and Tenure”, the “Culturally Competent Leadership Workshop”, and more.

WHO: Carlos Gomez, president and CEO of the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce of Greater Kansas City, will give the first keynote address titled “The Role of Business and Education in the Growth of the Hispanic Community”.

Kenji Yoshino, the Chief Justice Earl Warren Professor of Constitutional Law at New York University, will give the final keynote address, “Covering: The Hidden Assault on Our Civil Rights”. Yoshino is a specialist in constitutional law, civil rights and employment law, and law and literature. He has written for academic journals as well as The New York Times and Slate. He has appeared on Charlie Rose and The O’Reilly Factor.

Dozens of campus and community leaders will participate and moderate the many workshops and panels.

WHEN: Wednesday, Oct. 20 – Thursday, Oct. 21.

WHERE: Memorial Union, MU campus

NOTE: The MizzouDiversity Summit is free to attend, but advanced registration is required. Registration closes on Wednesday, Oct. 13 or sooner if registration fills early. To register or for more information, go to