Diversity defines us

1:00 - 2:00 p.m., Thursday, April 22, 2021

This session will be an overview of the impact of the evolving demographics in Higher Education. We will address the need to have conversations and dialogues that are open and honest to incorporate diversity, equity, and inclusion into the day-to-day actions and long-range planning in Higher Education and our communities. The goal of the session is to explore the challenges that impede and cloud our conversations on race and diversity as well as developing the framework for establishing trust to move into an equity minded space in our collective communities.


 Trent Ball

Trent Ball

Southeast Missouri State University

Trent Ball is Associate Vice President for Equity and Access at Southeast Missouri State University (SEMO) and provides leadership and management of the Academic Support Centers. Mr. Ball also provides additional leadership to the Division of Equity, Access & Behavioral Health. He assists in the development of the University’s Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Plan; provides diversity training and outreach for the academic and administrative units across the University to develop and implement initiatives that focus on the recruitment and retention of minority faculty and staff, as well as underrepresented student populations. Ball is the Past Board Chair for the Council for Opportunity in Education (COE), Past President of The Educational Opportunity Association (EOA) and Past President of MO-KAN-NE - all TRIO and educational opportunity and access promoting professional organizations. Currently, Ball serves on Boards and in leadership for Associations and Organizations that support and promote educational opportunity and equity at the local, state, and national level.