Office of the Vice President for Diversity and Inclusion

Kenneth Coopwood Welcome to Missouri State University's Division for Diversity and Inclusion (DDI). We are proud of the extensive growth MSU has shown towards educating 21st century students for success in our global workplace. Our long range plan, Fulfilling Our Promise 2011-2016, is a 5-year commitment to significant efforts to enhance the diversity of our campus and, indeed, to build an inclusive community in greater Springfield.

-Ken Coopwood

The DDI is charged with developing a University-endorsed inclusive community with service continuity and collaboration as its core. Offices within the DDI are: Access Technology Center, Disability Resource Center, Diversity Outreach and Recruitment, Institutional Equity and Compliance, and Multicultural Programs and Student Diversity. All our offices strive to model inclusive excellence by ensuring our initiatives and services intentionally engage and include the rich diversity of faculty, staff, students, and community partners.  We further strive to impact MSU by demonstrating the value of diversity in four critical institutional areas:

  • Institutional Leadership and Commitment – The clarity of expectations, investment of human and fiscal resources and accountability as demonstrated through the words and actions of campus leadership at all levels.
  • Curricular and Co-curricular transformation – The extent to which principles of multiculturalism, inclusion, equity, and diversity are currently incorporated into the curriculum and co-curriculum, as well as ongoing efforts to further infuse them into the curriculum and co-curriculum.
  • Campus Climate – The degree to which the events, messages, symbols, values, etc., of the campus make it a welcoming and inclusive environment for all students, faculty, staff, and members of the broader community.
  • Representational/Compositional Diversity – The degree to which the campus attracts, retains, and develops students, faculty, and staff of color, commensurate with the campus mission and service region.

As Vice President for DDI, it is my pleasure to work with an exciting and competent staff. You are welcome to meet our staff, browse our site, and participate in upcoming campus-wide diversity and inclusion events.  Welcome, again. We can bear-ly wait to see you on campus!