About the Conference

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The Collaborative Diversity Conference is an extension of Missouri State University’s commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion by helping enhance employee capabilities and competencies through diversity research, professional development, collaboration, and integrative activities and practices. As part of the University’s public affairs mission, this conference helps foster cultural competence and community engagement, keys to developing engaged citizens and diverse workplaces.

Conference details

When: April 19–21, 2017

Where: Plaster Student Union, Missouri State University

Pre-conference: Arnd Wachter, American Textures film director

Keynote: Professor Scott Page

Audience: Leaders, managers, HR professionals, program developers, outreach coordinators and community members

Directions and parking: Visitor’s Guide

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Conference objectives

The Statewide Collaborative Diversity Conference seeks to bring people together build a strong network and community for the support of diversity by:

  • Highlighting creative examples of research-based diversity program implementation in higher education
  • Discussing community-based approaches to promote and develop diversity and inclusion initiatives to address contemporary community issues
  • Showcasing unique opportunities for success of historically underrepresented constituencies including students, faculty, staff and citizens
  • Shares targed approaches to cultural competence/consciousness, intervention for all community stakeholders


Registration is required and seating is limited.

The Scott Page keynote session is free and open to the public.


Directions and parking

The Visitor's Guide provides directions to the Missouri State campus.


Free parking will be available for the event at Bear Park North parking garage. Bear Park North has an entrance on Elm Street and Walnut Street near Kimbrough Avenue.

Additional parking is available in lots 39, 44, 51 and 52.


The green Bear Line shuttle will provide free transportation from Bear Park North to Plaster Student Union.

Continuing Education

CEUs will be available at the conference.

Attendees are welcome to contact Cody Brewington, Non-credit Program Coordinator at 417-836-8974 for details.

Hotel information

Special rates are available at a nearby hotel.