Magazine article Black Issues in Higher Education

UMKC Names Two Leaders for 'Diversity in Action' Initiative

Magazine article Black Issues in Higher Education

UMKC Names Two Leaders for 'Diversity in Action' Initiative

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KANSAS CITY, MO.

Officials at the University of Missouri-Kansas City have named two individuals to lead the next step of the university's diversity initiative.

Over the next 12 months, Dr. Joe Seabrooks and Darlene Scott-Scurry, will lead the implementation of the university's Diversity in Action Plan.

Seabrooks, currently UMKC's director of minority student affairs and chairman of the team that created the plan, will lead the outreach, education and empowerment dimensions of the implementation. Scott-Scurry, currently chief-of-staff to UMKC Provost Steve Ballard, will lead the compliance dimensions.

The intent of the Diversity in Action Plan is to bring to life the university's core values of diversity, inclusiveness and respect and to produce a campus culture where diversity, access and equity are welcomed, supported and promoted. The plan states: "We create a positive environment by recognizing and acknowledging personal biases and being responsible individually for positive change."

"I am proud to be associated with the creativity and power of UMKC's Diversity in Action Plan," says Chancellor Martha W. Gilliland. "Moreover, Joe Seabrooks and Darlene Scott-Scurry are highly committed and competent individuals who will bring passion, creativity and energy to the implementation of the plan. …

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