Vision and Mission

The Division for Diversity and Inclusion at Missouri State University strives to enhance the diversity of our campus and to build an inclusive community in greater Springfield in accordance with overarching and enduring commitments outlined in the Long-Range Plan.

Modeling inclusive excellence, our initiatives and services intentionally engage the rich diversity of faculty, staff, students and the community. Our goal is to educate 21st century students for success in our global workplace.

Four impact areas

Our division demonstrates the value of diversity in four key areas:


Institutional leadership and commitment through the clarity of expectations, investment of resources and accountability by all levels of campus leadership


Curricular and co-curricular transformation by incorporating principles of multiculturalism, inclusion, equity and diversity into classroom curriculum and co-curricular activities


Campus climate by making campus a welcoming and inclusive environment for all through events, messages, symbols, values, etc.


Representational/compositional diversity by attracting, retaining and developing students, faculty and staff of color, corresponding with the campus mission and service area


To promote, achieve, advance and sustain the Missouri State University commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion by enhancing student, employee and stakeholder capabilities and competencies through diversity research, professional development, collaboration, and integrative activities and practices.


Our vision is to be valued and recognized by university and community stakeholders for the development and delivery of strategic programs and resources that institutionalizes means to meet individual, unit and organizational needs for diversity enhancement, education and outcomes.