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Thirteen individuals recently graduated as the first cohort of Northwest's Institute for Social Justice.

Thirteen individuals recently graduated as the first cohort of Northwest's Institute for Social Justice. Pictured from left to right are, standing in back, Pele Trump, Jamie Campbell, Dr. Alice Foose, Carolyn Johnson, Linda Davidson, Karen Woodard and Kenna Johnson. Kneeling are Michelle Drake, Judy Frueh, Connie Murphy and Jacque Loghry, with Steve Bryan in front. Graduates missing from the picture are Dee Blackford and Dr. Mike Mattock. (Photo by Darren Whitley/University Relations)

April 26, 2013

Northwest employees graduate from first Institute for Social Justice

Thirteen Northwest Missouri State University employees may now call themselves graduates of the University’s Institute for Social Justice, a program offered at Northwest for the first time this year to advance intercultural competence.

The seven-week program concluded April 16 with a graduation ceremony where the graduates reflected on their experiences. They discussed what they learned during the program and how they will apply that learning to their fields.

The first graduates of the Northwest Institute for Social Justice are:

  • Dr. Alice Foose, assistant professor, Department of Health and Human Services
  • Karen Woodard, assistant director, Upward Bound Math and Science
  • Pele Trump, secretary, Missouri Academy of Science, Mathematics and Computing
  • Linda Davidson, counselor, Upward Bound Math and Science
  • Jacque Loghry, assistant director and learning services coordinator, Student Support Services
  • Judy Frueh, clinical supervisor and nurse practitioner, Wellness Services
  • Connie Murphy, secretary, Intercultural International Center
  • Carolyn Johnson, information librarian and assistant professor, B.D. Owens Library
  • Dee Blackford, student affairs assistant, Office of Student Affairs
  • Michelle Drake, human resources specialist, Office of Human Resources
  • Dr. Mike Mattock, counselor, Wellness Services
  • Jamie Campbell, graduate assistant, Student Support Services
  • Kenna Johnson, assistant director and academic coordinator, Upward Bound

The program consisted of 90-minute sessions each Tuesday that included short video clips, presentations and discussions.

“The Institute is built upon a framework of collaborative learning designed for the participants to do self-work,” said Steve Bryant, director of intercultural affairs at Northwest. “Each week participants were asked to pay attention and notice inequities in our society and how they as individuals are showing up in the world.”

Added Bryant, “Participants learned how race, as well as the rest of our identities, play into everything we do. Participants worked to analyze each piece of the system of racial inequity to better understand how complicated it is.”

The program was sponsored by Northwest’s Office of Human Resources and Office of Intercultural Affairs.


For more information, please contact:

Mark Hornickel, Media Relations Specialist
mhorn@nwmissouri.edu | 660.562.1704 | Fax: 660.562.1900

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