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Northwest Missouri State University

News Release

Jan. 16, 2015

Northwest to sponsor third cohort of Institute for Social Justice

Northwest Missouri State University’s Office of Human Resources and Office of Intercultural Affairs this spring will offer the third annual Institute for Social Justice, a collaborative effort with the goal of advancing intercultural competence among University employees.

The program consists of eight sessions, beginning Wednesday, Feb. 11. Sessions are 3 to 4:30 p.m. on Wednesdays in The Station East Meeting Room, and participants must attend all sessions to graduate.

The program offers social justice training to Northwest employees while providing participants with a transformational experience to explore their own social justice skills, learn how they show up in the world and advance their own intercultural competence.

“It is not a standard lecture session,” said Steve Bryant, director of intercultural affairs at Northwest. “It revolves around open dialogue, conversations and participation. It gives participants the opportunity to become comfortable with being uncomfortable about difficult dialogue around racial inequities. We strive to move from fear, pain and paralysis to compassion, connection and collaboration.”

The Northwest Institute for Social Justice originated in the spring of 2013, and 13 Northwest employees graduated from the program. To date, 29 Northwest employees have completed the program.

Employees interested in registering for the program, may click here. Registration will remain open through the end of January.

The sessions include short video clips, presentations and conversations. Participants will receive a journal to encourage self-reflection. Session topics are listed below.

For additional information, contact the Office of Human Resources at 660.562.1127 or or the Office of Intercultural Affairs at 660.562.1517 or

For more information, please contact:

Mark Hornickel, Communication Manager | 660.562.1704 | Fax: 660.562.1900

Northwest Missouri State University
215 Administration Building | 800 University Drive | Maryville, MO 64468