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Japanese women marching with "Unity through Equality" banner
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Three years ago this month, stories about movie producer Harvey Weinstein's predatory behavior prompted a tidal wave of revelations about sexual harassment in the workplace and the birth of the #MeToo movement.

The newsrooms that reported on the phenomenon were not immune from revelations of gender inequality, and turned inward to examine diversity and inclusion in their own newsrooms.

Columbia Honors Leaders in Diversity Efforts

Jan 11, 2018
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Lincoln University interim President Mike Middleton grew up in a segregated Mississippi. He lived through the lynching of Emmett Till, the Brown v. Board of Education decision and the March on Washington.

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Two University of Missouri students of color have started an organization called “Project Connection.”

The organization is focused on fostering academic and professional success for freshmen and sophomore students of color at MU.

Kelsie Wilkins and Abas Pauti co-founded the organization which will provide mentorship, help with resumes and networking opportunities. Pauti said he wants to support students who might not feel supported.

GEORGE KENNEDY: Conversation About Race Moves Into Action

Oct 3, 2017
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The Second Missionary Baptist Church has been, for all of its 151 years, central in the life of Columbia’s African American community.

The land on which the church is built was given by businessman John Lange Sr., a freed slave whose wife and children had been owned by the university president. A construction loan came from our nationally famous ragtime pianist J.W. “Blind” Boone.

In the 1920s, it was the church of James T. Scott, decorated World War I veteran and university janitor who was lynched at the Stewart Road Bridge.

Under the pastorship of the Rev. Clyde Ruffin, a retired university professor and First Ward representative on the Columbia City Council, the church now is playing a central role as well in the civic well-being of Columbians of all races and religions.

Read the complete column online at the Missourian.

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This week on Intersection, representatives from the College Language Association, or CLA, join us to discuss its yearly convention, which was held in Columbia late last week. The CLA was founded in 1937, when black professors and scholars were looking for research and publication opportunities, but weren't welcomed into other professional organizations. The panel discussed the importance of maintaining the organization’s history of diversity and inclusion. Dr. Clément Akassi is the president of the association, Dr. Donna Harper is the vice president. Dr.

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Farmers in the U.S. like to point out that their products feed people all over the world. And while this is a diverse country, the people working on farms and elsewhere in agriculture often don’t reflect the nation’s demographics. Changing that is becoming a priority, in hopes new people will bring fresh ideas to meet some of our food system’s greatest challenges.

Take monoculture, the long-standing practice of planting only corn or soybeans on millions of Midwest acres. While it has resulted in massive crops and billions of dollars in revenue for decades, the strategy can also contribute to problems.

This week on Intersection, we’re continuing the conversation about diversity and inclusivity at the University of Missouri. This is the second in a two-part series, and we start with Diversity Peer Educator and Coordinator Rivu Dasgupta. We’re also talking with Alanna Diggs, who is co-chair of Four Front, a council for minoritized student groups and student voices. She's also a diversity peer educator. Here's a sample of our conversation with Rivu. To hear the whole show, click the arrow.


Columbia is trying to take steps toward inclusion and equality throughout the community, and last night was a small step in that direction. The Diversity Awareness Partnership- Columbia, hosted a community panel discussion to give people an opportunity to hear from concerned leaders. The panel consisted of Dr. Cynthia Frisby, Councilman Ian Thomas, Traci Wilson-Kleecamp, and Michael Hosokawa. They were asked questions that were needed to make educated decisions about creating a more inclusive community.

Intersection - Inclusion and Diversity at MU

Dec 8, 2015

Today on Intersection, we’re talking about diversity and inclusivity at the University of Missouri with UM System Interim President Mike Middleton. We’re also talking with Angela Speck, who is a professor of physics and astronomy, director of the astronomy program and chair of the faculty council diversity enhancement committee at MU. This is a special two-part show, and next week we will continue the conversation on diversity and inclusivity with students.

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The most contentious part of a building a new school is shifting attendance boundary lines. Some families get to stay, others switch schools, leave friends, and if they’re lucky, get a shorter commute.

Chenjerai Kumanyika, a professor at Clemson University and aspiring public radio journalist, sparked a challenging conversation with his commentary about the "whiteness" of public radio voices. We hosted a Twitter chat about his essay and invited listeners and public radio professionals to share their thoughts using #PubRadioVoice.

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ST. LOUIS (AP) — The city of St. Louis is looking to boost minority recruiting efforts in its police and fire departments.

Mayor Francis Slay and Chief Sam Dotson joined other city officials Tuesday at City Hall to announce details about the new effort, which will enlist off-duty members of the Ethical Society of Police to work as paid mentors to prospective recruits. The society's 250 members represent black officers in the city.

A group of minority journalists are fighting to bring more diversity to American newsrooms, journalism conferences, panels and classrooms. The Journalism Diversity Project is designed to make it easy for hiring managers and event organizers to find qualified experts who are journalists of color. Missouri School of Journalism professors Earnest Perry, Jim Flink and Amy Simons discuss. 

Honors given for MU diversity work

Mar 12, 2014
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The organizers of a Chinese language school and professor of women’s and gender studies are among eight MU employees, studies and alumni being recognized for their work in diversity on campus.

This year was the Inclusive Excellence and Faculty Achievement Awards ceremony. Srirupa Prasad is a professor of women’s and gender studies and sociology at MU. She says her work is in an area where people don’t see change rapidly so she was surprised by the recognition.

Mo. State Highway Patrol tries to increase diversity

Apr 17, 2013
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The Missouri State Highway Patrol is making an effort to diversify its ranks. Jennifer Davidson has more.

Small-town Orthodoxy brings diverse group together

Dec 1, 2012
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Columbia’s Orthodox Christian community is growing – at least, that’s what churchgoers say it feels like.

*Clarification: The audio version of this story contains misleading information about the church's connection to the Great Schism of 1054. The church was among five patriarchates dating from the third century, and the schism was a time of separation -- the Roman Church split from the other four -- not a time of origin.

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Happy Thanksgiving – that’s one holiday greeting you hear at this time of year that’s not part of a specific faith tradition.

The idea of giving thanks transcends religious, social and cultural boundaries. Thanks can be expressed in any language or tradition.

And that’s just what happened Sunday at an Interfaith Thanksgiving Service. Christians, Muslims and Jews, Baha'is, Buddhists and Hindus, and people from several other faith traditions came together to share. Beliefs and languages converged as sounds of thanksgiving and peace rose through the air.

MizzouDiversity Summit ends Tuesday

Oct 30, 2012
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The 2012 MizzouDiversity Summit ends today after 2 days. The goal was to strengthen the MU identity as a culture that values diversity.  

MU to conduct diversity survey

Apr 10, 2012

The Chancellor’s Diversity Initiative at MU will be conducting new research to improve the climate for diversity on campus. This new phase of the study will use an online survey to reach all members of the community. Project director Roger Worthington says this year’s study differs from past version.