Center for Diversity & Inclusion

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The Center for Diversity and Inclusion (CDI) serves the Truman State University Community by supporting diverse groups academically, emotionally, and socially.  We are grounded in inclusive excellence that invites the campus to engage academically and socially with identity development, intersectionality, inter-group relations and justice in order to develop a consciousness for the common good at Truman State University and the global community. 

Everyone has good and bad days, the Center for Diversity and Inclusion helps me with my everyday. Good or bad. I feel loved after visiting. –Jalisa Wines, Class of 2021

Our vision is to:

  • Foster an environment of inclusion & equity to bridge intercultural gaps & inequities
  • Provide opportunities for academic & cultural enrichment through our campus & collegial partnerships
  • Develop cultural competency/proficiency through multiple opportunities to attend workshops & seminars
  • Overall advocacy for students to ensure they are prepared to be global citizens & life-long learners
  • To provide leadership in educating the campus on diversity, inclusion, social justice, & equity matters


Town Hall Recording Available Online

July 6, 2020Kirk MemorialThe Truman Virtual Town Hall regarding racial injustice and inequity is now available online for students, faculty and staff who were unable to watch live.

The purpose of the town hall is to take stock of where we are currently as a University and gain a shared understanding of what we must address to accomplish institutional change. This understanding will permit us to determine the meaningful, sustained, accountable ways Truman can be the change we wish to see.

Panel members included: Brad Turnbull, interim director of the Center for Diversity & Inclusion; Jason McDonald, assistant professor of history; Theo Dean, head coach for women’s basketball; students Reece Ellis and Elana Sanders-Braxton, selected by Student Government; and Bertha Thomas, Truman’s newly hired diversity and inclusion consultant.

A recording of the town hall can be accessed here.

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