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Northwest Missouri State University


News Release

    Sept. 29, 2016

    Northwest to sponsor fifth cohort of Institute for Social Justice

    By Lexi Ryan, media relations assistant

    Northwest Missouri State University’s Office of Human Resources and Office of Multicultural Student Success this fall will offer its fifth annual Institute for Social Justice: Conversation on Racial Inequity, a collaborative effort with the goal of advancing intercultural competence among University employees.

    The program consists of seven sessions, from 3 to 4:30 p.m. on Thursdays, beginning Oct. 6, in the J.W. Jones Student Union Boardroom. A graduation ceremony is set for Thursday, Nov. 17, in The Station. 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 how up in the world and advance their own intercultural competence.

    “This program helps employees understand themselves and how each of us are a part of this system of racial inequity that is occurring in society,” Steve Bryant, Northwest’s director of diversity and inclusion, said.

    The Northwest Institute for Social Justice originated in the spring of 2013, and 13 Northwest employees graduated from the program. To date, 58 Northwest employees have completed this program.

    “This program offers a chance to do self-reflection and gain skills in relation to frame work around racial inequity,” Bryant said. “It offers through self-reflection in my own role, on campus, in my own life and how I am working to promote equity and prevent inequity from happening.”

    Employees interested in registering from the program, may click here. Registration will remain open through Oct. 5.

    The sessions include videos, presentations and conversation. Participants will receive a journal to encourage self-reflection. Session topics are listed below.

    For additional information, contact Bryant at 660.562.1517 or sbryant@nwmissouri.edu.


    For more information, please contact:

    Mark Hornickel, Communication Manager
    mhorn@nwmissouri.edu | 660.562.1704 | Fax: 660.562.1900

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