MizzouDiversity Summit will host workshops, guest speaker at MU

Friday, October 26, 2012 | 5:21 p.m. CDT

COLUMBIA — The University of Missouri will host its third MizzouDiversity Summit on Monday and Tuesday.

First held in 2008, and every two years since, the summit analyzes issues facing MU minority groups such as veterans, the disabled, the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transexual and queer community and racial minorities. The mission of the Summit is to "help strengthen the MU identity as an environment or culture that values diversity in its many ways and forms," according to the MizzouDiversity website.

The Summit also offers a chance to analyze the MizzouDiversity's campus progress report, which is also published every two years. The progress report looks at diversity statistics for both MU's student body and faculty. 

Twenty-nine workshops will be offered during the summit, including "Civility and Diversity in Present Day Athletics," "Managing Conflict in the Workplace," and "LGBTQ Coming Out Issues."

There will also be a keynote address from David Livingstone Smith, the co-founder and director of the New England Institute for Cognitive Science and Evolutionary Studies and author of the book "Less Than Human: Why We Demean, Enslave and Exterminate Others."

The workshops and keynote address will take place at Memorial Student Union at MU; both are free and open to the public. 

Supervising editor is Emilie Stigliani.

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