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Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Council

The Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Council (EDIC) works to build a culture within MU Extension and Engagement that ensures that all who work, partner, volunteer with and participate in our programs exemplify the values embodied in MU’s Inclusive Excellence Framework. We are committed to growing and sustaining an equitable, diverse and inclusive learning, living and working environment for all Missourians and the culture and practices that empower and serve that.

Our work and partnerships will only have lasting impact on Missouri’s grand challenges if we are accessible, equitable and inclusive of all voices and perspectives within our communities, counties, state and beyond.

  • Purpose Statement

    University of Missouri Extension and Engagement will create, advance and embody a culture of equity, diversity and inclusion within each person, system and practice. As an advisory committee, the Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Council will foster a culture of inclusive excellence throughout all MU Extension programs and the communities we serve.

    Principles

    • ○ The EDIC is appointed by the Vice Chancellor for Extension and Engagement to establish equity, diversity and inclusion goals and strategies across the organization.
    • ○ Goals and strategies will align with the University of Missouri’s Inclusive Excellence Framework and with UM System goals and strategies.
    • ○ Equity, diversity and inclusion work and impact engages our volunteers, councils and broader communities, as well as all MU Extension faculty and staff.

Here you will find resources to help build a strong foundation and understanding within ourselves, our organization and our communities for this essential work and practice.

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    Events / Trainings

    EDIC is working on curating and eventually developing trainings. Check back here for training opportunities.

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    Stories / Recognitions

    MU Extension and Engagement faculty and staff awards — presented during Engagement Week — include two awards that recognize leadership and excellence in programs and work that contribute to greater equity, inclusion and diversity.

    Vice Chancellor’s Diversity Award: Team
    The Vice Chancellor's Diversity Award recognizes a team providing leadership in the area of diversity. This may include excellence in programs or other initiatives.

    2019 Recipient: 4-H for All Greene County team – David Burton, Karla Deaver, Kelsa Ferguson, Justin Kastning and Kelly McGowan

    The Greene County Juvenile Office receives up to 1,600 youth referrals each year for delinquency violations and offenses such as truancy and running away from home. The office also serves about 600 children who are monitored by the court due to abuse and neglect. How can we make a positive impact on these young lives? The 4-H for All partnership between MU Extension and the Greene County Juvenile Office is one innovative answer.

    The team works with five separate groups involved with the juvenile court — from juvenile offenders through older foster youth. Their unique programs at the Greene County Youth Academy help develop leadership, citizenship and practical daily living skills among the county’s at-risk youth, helping them build relationships and exposing them to resources and tools that can help them build better lives and more productive futures. Bringing 4-H into the juvenile center is a great way to impact young lives. The team is already exploring new ideas, such as programming for the parents of juvenile offenders.

    For more information and previous award winners, see the Team Diversity Award page.

    Vice Chancellor’s Diversity Award: Individual
    The Vice Chancellor's Diversity Award recognizes individuals providing leadership in the area of diversity. This may include excellence in programs or other initiatives.

    2019 Recipient: Justin Kastning, youth program associate, Greene County

    As part of his expanded role with 4-H for All Greene County, Kastning works with additional groups providing positive support to youth in the juvenile justice system, including Teens in Transition for older foster youth; Girls Empowering Mind & Spirits for girls who are juvenile offenders, and Probation Youth for youth who have repeat or more severe offenses. “Justin has truly brought his vision to life in this program that is breaking down barriers to helping our youth,” a colleague noted.

    For more information and previous award winners, see the Individual Diversity Award page.

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