The CDI stands for the Center for Diversity & Inclusion. For many years, we were located in the Adair House, but now we are located in Baldwin Hall 109. The CDI is here to provide support to underrepresented students, and to facilitate a campus environment that is socially, emotionally, and academically supportive of students of all identities. Our aim is that through educational programming, training, and workshops, that we will create a campus climate where all students, faculty, and staff will feel comfortable being their most authentic selves at Truman.
According to data supplied by the Truman State Information Technology Services Department, 13% of undergraduate, degree-seeking Truman students identified a domestic students of color. Specific breakdown by ethnic group is as follows:
|Hispanic or Latino/a||145 (2.8%)|
|Hawaiian/Pacific Islander||5 (.1%)|
|Native American||16 (.3%)|
|Two or more||177 (3.3%)|
Yes, the Ronald E. McNair Program was established to address the lack of gender, racial, and income-level diversity among the professorate. The program provides underrepresented college students with effective preparation for doctoral studies. It provides academic support and research opportunities for underrepresented students in graduate education that wish to pursue graduate, non-professional programs of study leading to doctoral (or equivalent) degrees. Specifically, it supports income-eligible, first-generation college students and minority students that have been historically underrepresented in graduate education.
In addition to the McNair Program, Truman also offers The STEP Program which is an innovative, exciting program designed to enrich the undergraduate curriculum through meaningful student/faculty interactions. STEP works to increase the number of students who complete a baccalaureate degree in science, technology, engineering and mathematics disciplines and better prepare them for the future that lies ahead.
Yes, Truman State University is currently home to 3 Historically Black Greek-Lettered Organizations. At Truman we have: Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc., Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Inc., and Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. All organizations are members of the National Pan-Hellenic Council (NPHC). For information on the membership process, please contact Damon Pee, NPHC Advisor, at firstname.lastname@example.org or 660-785-4222.
There are numerous opportunities to get involved with students from similar identities & experiences. A great way to connect with students is to become involved with a student organization. Students can see a complete listing of organizations at the Center for Student Involvement’s website. However, organizations of interest include, but are not limited to: African Student Association, Association of Black Collegians, Hispanic American Leadership Organization (HALO), Illusion Danz Team, Minority Ambassadors Program (MAP), Unique Ensemble Gospel Choir, Muslim Student Association, Hillel, PRISM (Truman’s Pride Alliance), Truman Trans Alliance, FirstGen United, Women’s Resource Center, and International Club.
The beauty about being on a multicultural college campus is that students have abundant opportunities to immerse themselves in culturally diverse environments. However, having an environment with multiple racial and ethnic identities inevitably leads to conflict and difference. The CDI aims to provide an outlet for critical and courageous conversations to happen to ensure any racist incidents are addressed and unlearned. Issues that perpetuate discriminatory or oppressive actions are handled through the University’s policies and procedures. All reported incidents are handled according to University policies and procedures. Should a student encounter racism or discrimination, they should reach out to the Department of Student Affairs, the Center for Diversity & Inclusion, or the Institutional Compliance Office.