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SHP Inclusion, Diversity and Equity Corner 10.12.17

HELLO from the SHP Diversity and Inclusion Ad Hoc Committee and the DHS Diversity and Inclusion Committee. I am Sarah Hairston, the graduate research assistant working with both committees. This corner of the newsletter will be dedicated to committee updates, relevant events, and professional development opportunities. As the diversity and inclusion graduate research assistant, my goals are to:

  • Start and continue the conversation around diversity, inclusion and equity issues;
  • Provide educational opportunities to promote awareness and enhance one’s skills to around issues of diversity, inclusion, and equity;
  • Listen to the needs and concerns of faculty, staff, and students regarding diversity, inclusion, and equity;
  • Connect work to the Dean’s priorities around inclusion, the MU inclusive excellence framework, and to the greater community.

If you ever have questions or suggestions don’t hesitate to email me at

Committee Reports

The Belonging Committee, a subcommittee of the Diversity and Inclusion Ad Hoc, met on 10.04.17. The committee is working on a Staying on Track in the Sciences program to be held Thursday, November 16th from 3:30 pm to 5 pm in 616 Clark. The focus of the program is to provide students with strategies to study subjects in science effectively.


EVICTED book club discussion November 14th from 5-6 pm in the Student Center room 2206 B. For more information, click HERE.

RSVP by emailing Sarah at


2017 Black Studies Fall Conference – This is not your grandfather’s black studies: Centering pleasuring and anti-respectability as methodology

October 13-14, 2017

For more information click HERE.

Professional Development Opportunities



Creating Linguistically Inclusive Classrooms

By Florianne Jimenez


“A student’s language background can influence how well they’re doing in your class, as well as how included a student feels in your classroom community. As teachers, we can do a lot to make our classrooms more open to linguistic diversity. Instead of penalizing how students’ language backgrounds differ from Standard English, we need to ensure that multilingual students don’t fall behind.”


To read the full article click HERE.


AERA Brown Lecture Presents

Re-envisioning Equity Research:
Disability Identification Disparities as a Case in Point

Alfredo J. Artiles examines these issues in the context of research on disability disparities that are historically linked to demographic markers such as race, social class, and gender. This is an intricate equity problem since disability identification is associated with academic achievement gaps, increased school dropouts, inequities in college access, differential job market opportunities, and reduced civic engagement. Artiles critiques traditional studies on disability disparities and outlines three guidelines for the next generation of equity research: accounting for history in the production of knowledge, addressing how marginalized groups are depicted in studies, and investigating the multiple dimensions of identity differences.

Learn more about Dr. Artiles and watch his Ed-Talk on “The Paradoxes of Equity, Disability, and Race Intersections.” Learn more about the Brown Lecture.