MCHHS Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Council

MCHHS Diversity Showcase

The MCHHS Council on Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion invites each department/unit to share successes and challenges of these diversity initiatives in a virtual presentation April 26-30. The goal is to learn about initiatives within the College, share resources, help shape future initiatives and promote equity across the college. Please share the presentation title, authors, abstract and department in the form below. Please direct any question to Randi Ulbricht at We will be in touch with directions for presentations and final submissions.

Showcase Submission

Mission statement

The Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Council (DEIC) of MCHHS is committed to improve student, faculty and staff diversity through the creation of curricular and service programs, degrees and opportunities. Further, we are committed to encouraging the cultural competence of all members of the MCHHS community. The mission of the DEIC is to foster equity, diversity and inclusion by creating educational opportunities, raising awareness and providing strategies and tools to cultivate the vision of inclusive excellence in our college and community.

Ideas or suggestions?

The Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Council (DEIC) welcomes your ideas on ways to help make MCHHS an inclusive welcoming environment for all students, faculty, staff and visitors.  Examples include workshops, guest speakers, or other activities.  The DEIC may then share ideas collected with the MCHHS leadership team (dean, associate dean, department head and others). It would be helpful if you could provide a rationale along with reasons why you feel your idea merits due consideration. 

Submit an idea or suggestion

If you have a concern about a perceived bias-related situation or related complaint, please utilize the Dean of Students Office Bias Response Team resource.  This resource provides students, staff and faculty an option to file a Bias Incident Report.

Faculty who have professional related issues such as discrimination, harassment, or bullying should follow policies and procedures outlined in the Faculty Handbook.

Administrators, professional and support staff employees who have professional issues such as discrimination, harassment, or bullying should follow policies and procedures outlines in the Employee Handbook for Administrative, Professional, and Support Staff Employees.​​​​​​​

How does Missouri State define diversity and inclusion?

Inclusion describes the active, intentional and ongoing engagement with diversity in ways that increase awareness, cognitive sophistication and empathic understanding of the ways individuals interact within systems and institutions. This is accomplished through people, within curricular and co-curricular programs, and in various communities in which individuals might connect: intellectual, social, cultural and geographic.

Diversity includes individual differences such as personality, learning styles and life experiences. It also includes group/social differences, such as race/ethnicity, class, gender, sexual orientation, country of origin and disabilities, as well as cultural, political, religious or other affiliations, such as veteran and socioeconomic status. Moreover, each of us has more than one identity, and Missouri State will continue to support and advocate for the intersecting identities of all its community members, whatever those intersections might entail.

Learn more about Missouri State's Long-Range Plan

How does MCHHS define diversity?

Individual or social differences including but not limited to race, ethnicity, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, age, socioeconomic status, first generation students, ability, disability, physical attributes, religious or ethical value system, place of origin, political beliefs, language/linguistic ability, marital status, or military status.


  • Lyon Hough (BMS, faculty) Council Co-Chair
  • Ashley Payne (PSY, faculty) Council Co-Chair
  • Ian Alaimo (MCHHS, staff)
  • Candice Betts (ANE, staff)
  • Tara Boehne (OT, faculty)
  • Lisa Bonner (BMS, staff)
  • Roberto Canales, (PAS, faculty)​​​​​​​
  • Shelley Carter (NUR, faculty)
  • Amy Goodwin (CSD, staff)
  • Sharon Harter (MCHHS, staff)
  • Kelli Helton (PSY, staff)
  • Jacquelene Patterson (MCHHS, staff)
  • Jennifer Pratt (CSD, faculty)
  • Rebecca Reut-Robinson (MCHHS, staff)
  • Jeanie Skibiski (ANE, faculty)
  • Mark Smith (dean, MCHHS)
  • Randi Ulbricht (BMS, faculty)
  • Letitia White Minnis (associate dean, MCHHS)

Meeting minutes and recordings

Statements regarding recent national events