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The Maneater
Mizzou in Review 2015–16
The best and the worst of this unforgettable year.


Cultivating Connections
Columbia Missourian



State of the University Address
Interim Chancellor Hank Foley


Learn About Diversity
Speaking Up Against Bias and Prejudice
University of Missouri Chancellor's Diversity Initiative


Discussions on Race Relations (online videos)
MU Faculty Council Committee on Race Relations

Topics include:

•  Describe the racial landscape
•  Changing the racial landscape
•  Race relations
•  Response to skeptics
•  A call for more action


Interactive Timeline:
A Historic Fall at MU

From race relations to graduate student rights to Planned
Parenthood, MU has been through a lot so far this semester.
the Maneater


Beyond words: the race lexicon
Race-related terms aren't always easy to decipher
By Molly Olmstead, VOX Magazine


Race at MU
Beginning of the conversation
Various topics from the writers of VOX magazine 


Tough conversations:
Columbia family talks race
Talking about race with kids is a necessary challenge
By Annie Rees, VOX Magazine


This site has been created at the request of the campus community for
MU administration to share information about progress on initiatives to
improve our campus climate.


Latest News:
The Mizzou Alumni Association presents the following links to various information in an effort to keep Mizzou alumni, fans and friends better-informed.


June 21, 2016
UM interim president calls Mizzou problems part of struggle on race
By Chuck Raasch, St. Louis Post-Dispatch



June 2, 2016
Mizzou's Dismal Sports Year Marked Change
By Dave Matter, St. Louis Post Dispatch 


May 31, 2016
The Revolution on America’s Campuses
By Jack Dickey, Time



May 26, 2016
Diversity audit of University of Missouri should benefit the four-campus system
By Lewis Diuguid, The Kansas City Star 


May 11, 2016
University of Missouri estimates show enrollment decline to cost campus $36 million
By Rudi Keller, Columbia Tribune



May 10, 2016
MU student leaders: We were working before Concerned Student 1950 protests
By William Schmitt, Columbia Missourian



May 3, 2016
University of Missouri freshman class likely to be smallest since 2006
By Rudi Keller, Columbia Tribune



May 3, 2016
Chuck Henson and his thankless position
By Carl Kenney, Columnist for the Columbia Missourian



May 1, 2016
Staff open forum addresses budget restraints, job security
By Alyssa Bessasparis, the Maneater



April 29, 2016
Chuck Henson to step down as interim vice chancellor for inclusion, diversity and equity
By Claire Mitzel, the Maneater


April 27, 2016
AJC Sepia Focus: 'We are Black Mizzou'
By Abriana Green, AJC.com



April 20, 2016
Budget negotiators scale back University of Missouri cuts
By Adam Aton, Associated Press




April 11, 2016
Report outlines University of Missouri impact on incomes, economy
By Rudi Keller, Columbia Tribune



April 4, 2016
Senate committee restores cuts to University of Missouri budget
By Rudi Keller, Columbia Tribune



April 4, 2016
Spike Lee's film on campus activism to premiere Wednesday at Missouri Theatre
Liz Ramos, Columbia Missourian



March 29, 2016
City Council candidate Q&A: MU race relations
Columbia Missourian Staff 


March 24, 2016
Cuts to UM System are shortsighted
Letters to the editor, St. Louis Post Dispatch



March 23, 2016
Dr. Kevin McDonald appointed as the UM System’s first ever Chief Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Officer.
UM System News 


March 22, 2016
AAUP coming to Columbia to investigate Melissa Click firing
KMIZ-17 News



March 21, 2016
Mentorship, promotion among challenges of keeping black faculty
Current black faculty say MU needs to reconsider compensation if the university hopes to retain faculty of color
Story by Emma VanDelinder, Photography by Mariah Brannan, the Columbia Missourian



March 8, 2016
Efforts to tackle racism at MU would work best with ongoing, open, meaningful talks, not filmmaking drama
By Lewis Diuguid, The Kansas City Star


March 6, 2016
Spike Lee reportedly working on MU football '30 for 30'
By David Morrison, Columbia Tribune 


March 3, 2016
GEORGE KENNEDY: The time for demands is over. It's time for collaboration
Columbia Missourian



March 3, 2016
University of Missouri supporters rally against proposed budget cuts
By Rudi Keller, Columbia Tribune


February 26, 2016
Stop making demands:
Interim UM president, diversity chancellor to Concerned Student 1950
By Allison Colburn and Liv Paggiarino, Columbia Missourian



February 24, 2016
List of Demands Not Met
Concerned Student 1950


February 24, 2016
How one alumna uses the tools she gained at Mizzou to educate for change
By Kelsey Allen, for the MAA


February 22, 2016
MU and Missouri legislature forge contentious relationship during period of campus unrest
By Ellen Cagle,  Columbia Missourian


February 18, 2016
Mizzou professor opens up about controversial videos
CBS This Morning


February 17, 2016
Mizzou at a Crossroads - Starting the Conversation
By Ryan Famuliner & Guimel Sibingo, KBIA


February 15, 2016
Interim chancellor calls latest Melissa Click video 'appalling'
St. Louis Post Dispatch

(watch video)


February 11, 2016
One Mizzou? (archived stream)
Stay Tuned, Nine Network 


February 2016
Call for Nominations: Inclusive Excellence Awards
The Mizzou Inclusive Excellence Award is given to individuals or groups who, as part of the Mizzou community, have made exemplary contributions within the past two years to any area of diversity, including but not limited to issues of gender, racial-ethnic background, language, religious belief, sexual orientation, abilities and disabilities, national and geographical origin and economic strata.



February 11, 2016
An Interview with Melissa Click
By Ryan Famuliner & Nathan Lawrence, KBIA 


February 8, 2016
Family Matters
The Mizzou Alumni Association is helping the Mizzou family move forward—and it needs your help
Story by Kelsey Allen, written for the Mizzou Alumni Association 


February 4, 2016
Concerned Student 1950 marches into UM curators meeting
Columbia Missourian staff 


Feb. 4, 2016
Mizzou braces for enrollment drop in wake of campus discord
By Koran Addo, St. Louis Post Dispatch 


February 3, 2016
MU's Asian students reluctant to report episodes of discrimination, racism 
By Sean Na, Columbia Missourian



February 2, 2016 
Mizzou may have caught a break with interim chancellor Hank Foley
By Barbara Shelly, the Kansas City Star 


Thursday, January 28, 2016
Maty Mauk permanently dismissed from the Mizzou Football program for failure to live up to agreed expectations.
MU Athletics


Wednesday, January 27, 2016
MSA Leaders Haden Gomez and Chris Hanner resign.
By Katherine Knott and Katherine Rosso, the Maneater


Wednesday, January 27, 2016
MU professor Melissa Click suspended pending further investigation
By Allison Colburn, Columbia Missourian


Wednesday, January 27, 2016
In email, former UM President Wolfe attacks MU officials over fall turmoil
By Megan Favignano and Rudi Keller
Columbia Daily Tribune


January 27, 2016
Editorial: Melissa Click protested for justice. Now she'll get it.
Editorial Board, St. Louis Post Dispatch

January 25, 2016
Tenure process will proceed
Jim Suhr, Associated Press


The State of Mizzou
What happened in fall 2015, what we’ve learned and what we’re doing next
Mizzou News, University of Missouri





January 20, 2016
MU Woes, assuming the worst
Henry J. Waters III, Columbia Daily Tribune



January 20, 2016
Concerned Student 1950 to receive NAACP award



January 14, 2016
Annual Diversity Breakfast Attendees Reflect Upon Community Differences
By Caitlin Campbell, Columbia Daily Tribune



December 17, 2015
UM System appoints MU law professor as chair of diversity task force
By Cameron Evans, Columbia Missourian


December 15, 2015
Janna Basler, MU assistant director of Greek Life, back on the job after fallout from controversial video
By Brendan Solis, Columbia Missourian


Dec 14, 2015
Now is the time to 'seize the opportunity' for greater diversity
It is the job of the institution, MU and the UM System, as a whole to address its problems — and opportunities.
By Gene Robertson, Local Columnist, Columbia Missourian

December 10, 2015
Current and prospective Mizzou students reflect on tension
By Alec Baris, Senior, Marquette High School
Published in the St. Louis Jewish Light


December 9, 2015
Race on campus
These stories challenge us to face the reality of racism and examine our own biases to help create a more accepting future
by Voxstaff


December 8, 2015
MU committees look to long term in race relations, diversity requirements
By Ruth Serven, Columbia Missourian


December 7, 2015
Concerned Student 1950 plans to continue to educate students, raise awareness
By Thomas Oide, the Maneater


December 3, 2015
In the Media
UM System Interim President Michael Middleton spent time this week speaking with media throughout the state of Missouri.


December 1, 2015
New Office of Civil Rights & Title IX Created to Centralize Reporting and Investigations of Discrimination


December 1, 2015
New initiative at MU aims to foster student conversation about discrimination
By Janie Booth, Columbia Missourian


November 20, 2015
In a time of transition, Mizzou moves ahead
Mizzou Creative



November 20, 2015
Taking action on college racial harassment
By Arne Duncan, U.S. secretary of education
Latest Opinion page, St. Louis Post-Dispatch


November 19, 2015
How Three Bad Decisions Signaled Doom at Mizzou
By Arthur G. Jago, The Chronicle of Higher Education


November 18, 2015
Change on campus: Universities across the country challenge the system
MU is not alone in confronting collegiate racism

By Sophia Conforti, VOX magazine



November 16 ,2015
Columbia Daily Tribune
Protests tarnished university's image in state, poll shows

Read full poll:
Missouri Scout Political Intelligence and Analysis
Missouri Statewide Public Opinion Survey 2015

November 16, 2015
UM System President Michael Middleton's
Message to the members of the university community

November 15, 2015
Community shows solidarity for students with Inclusivity March 
By Claudia Guthrie, Columbia Missourian


November 14, 2015
A Message from Interim Chancellor Hank Foley to the Mizzou Community


November 13, 2015
University of Missouri Advancement
Letter to MU Alumni and Friends


November 13, 2015
Alumni reflect on years of racism at MU
By Morgan Magid, the Maneater


From the Beginning:  

November 9, 2015

UM System President Wolfe resigns, MU Chancellor transitions to new role; UM Board of Curators announces significant diversity and inclusion initiatives





MAA Governing Board Statement. MAA's mission is, and will always be, to make Mizzou stronger.

Provost Appoints Henson as Interim Vice Chancellor for Inclusion, Diversity and Equity


MAA Relaunches Black Alumni Network. If you would like to participate in the Mizzou Black Alumni Network, register your interest.


Statement From Mizzou Leadership - Mizzou administrators Hank Foley, Garnett S. Stokes and Chuck Henson on the state of the campus


Counseling Resources Remain Available for All Students 


Local News Coverage:  Wolfe resigns as UM System president amid campus uproar, Columbia Missourian, November 9, 2015


UM Board of Curators appoints Mike Middleton as interim president of the UM System.


Statement from Mike Middleton



For more campus updates explore MU's statements and updates page.

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