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Northwest Missouri State University

The Office of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

The Board of Regents established the Office of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion in spring 2016 to promote racial harmony, campus diversity, and physical and educational accessibility to give all students opportunities for success. The office will operate with the goal of creating a more inclusive campus environment for all students.

Our purpose is to provide tools and strategies for personal and educational advancement to the entire spectrum of students who have chosen Northwest for their development as professionals and citizens. We prepare Northwest students for lives and careers in a global economy. We believe our efforts will lead our campus, our community and our society from tolerance to inclusion.

Strategic Objectives

Access & Success

Northwest implements intentional structures and resources to ensure access, retention, and success of both marginalized students and employees.

Learning & Teaching

Northwest provides effective social justice education to ensure all students have the ability to be culturally competent and that all faculty and staff are provided the tools necessary to create inclusive learning environments.

Campus & Community Climate

Northwest with the Community of Maryville, fosters an environment committed to respect, integrity, and ensuring equitable experiences and opportunities for all identities of students and

DEI Mission, Vision, and Values


The Northwest Missouri State University Division of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion works to enhance diversity, ensure equity, and foster inclusion.


To promote a learning environment that enables Northwest to become recognized as a research-based, culturally-accountable community; where students, staff, faculty, and stakeholders uphold the respectful interpretation of the complex histories, experiences, cultures and policies that confront marginalized populations. To help to prepare the community to engage in equitable relationships.


DEI Learning Model

The NW DEI team adopted the Diversity Learning Environment (DLE) Model.  In conjunction with the SO3 Objective – Teaching and Learning, the DLE Model serves as a theoretical framework that examines the intersection of the individual, organizational and institutional levels in relation to campus climate for diversity (Hurtado, Alverex, Guillermo-Wann, Cuellar, & Arellano, 2012).

DEI Training Goal

DEI’s overarching training goal includes the Communities of Practice (COP), which is learning as an issue of refining the institution’s practice, ensuring new generations of members and sustaining the institutional interconnectedness of practices that uphold the values and goals of Strategic Objective 3.