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Northwest Missouri State University


Diversity | Events

About Diversity at Northwest

As a Professional Education Unit (PEU) that envelops multiple content areas and faculty/student backgrounds, we seek to not only define diversity but also to enrich the diversity of our Unit.

Northwest Missouri State PEU Diversity Definition:

Northwest Missouri State University defines diversity as differences and similarities among people by ethnicity, race, socioeconomic status, gender, exceptionalities, age, language, religion, sexual orientation, and geographical area.

Diversity Proficiencies

The Northwest PEU recognizes the importance of defining the idea of diversity. We strive to instill our students with an understanding of diversity and how it interconnects within education practice. We have developed the following proficiencies to be acquired by our education students.

Northwest PEU Diversity Proficiencies:

In order to create an intercultural competent educator, candidates will connect with their own cultural identities and how those identities influence their interactions with diverse learners by:

  • Exploring one's own socio-historical background and its role in identity formation;
  • Analyzing one's own biases and assumptions;
  • Examining how their identity impacts their interactions with others;
  • Synthesizing the above competencies to understand a larger system of inequities.

Diversity Hour Experience (30 Undergraduate and 12 Graduate)

Description: Degree seeking undergraduate/graduate students and post baccalaureate students seeking educator certification are required to complete hours in diverse settings. Undergraduate students must complete 30 diversity hours. Fifteen will be completed in 62-371 Introduction to Special Education. Beginning in the fall of 2015, ten hours will be completed in experiences specific to racial, ethnic, and linguistic diversity in 61-569 Multiculturalism in Education. Five other hours will be completed from a designated list of activities approved by the COTE Diversity Team. Students that are in the new undergraduate program redesign will acquire their additional five hours of diversity credit during phase one.

All education graduate programs will require that each candidate complete 12 clinical hours in a diverse setting. Six of these hours will be completed during 61-649 Issues in Education or 61-695 Philosophy of Education.  The remaining six hours will be completed during an embedded course experience tailored to the graduate content area and must occur with populations that are racially, ethnically, and linguistically diverse.  These will culminate in a meaningful internship experience through which the candidate will interact with diverse populations, evaluate assumptions about teaching/administrating/counseling in diverse settings and reflect on how the experience may alter those assumptions and impact professional practice. The overall goal is to enable the student to observe/interact within and reflect on effective educational practice in diverse settings. Approved types of diversity experiences can be found online under approved diversity events on the diversity section of the Teacher Education Student Services website. A list of approved diversity events will be determined each semester by the COTE Diversity Team.

Tk20: Proof of Diversity Hours Must Be Uploaded

Proof of diversity hours must be uploaded to Tk20, whether they occurred within a course or outside of a course. *The only exceptions are diversity hours taking place at a Ploghoft Lecture or other large group acitivity with a sign-up sheet. Students only need to sign up at the event and do not need to upload proof of hours to Tk20.

Procedure to upload proof of diversity hours to Tk20:

  1. Scan a hard copy of a diversity hour form.  This can be either the typical Diversity Form, a "service project log" for students in Introduction to Special Education or a graduate student field experience log, depending on the student's course or program.
  2. This scanned copy must be signed by all required parties, scanned, uploaded to Tk20, and then emailed to the TESS Office at
  3. To upload this scanned copy and complete the required diversity hour artifact template in Tk20, please use these directions: Diversity Hour Tk20 Directions.

*Directions include extra steps if diversity hours were linked to a course such as:

  • 62-371 Introduction to Special Education
  • 61-569 Multiculturalism in Education
  • 61-649 Issues in Education
  • 61-695 Philosophy of Education
  • 61-260/61-262 Secondary Teaching Practicum I/Middle School Teaching Practicum I
  • 61-360/61-362 Secondary Teaching Practicum II/Middle School Teaching Practicum II

Questions about how many diversity hours you have completed? Contact the TESS Office at

Questions about using Tk20 to upload diversit hours? Contact Mike McBride at

Diversity Event Proposal Form:

The Diversity Event Proposal Form should be completed and submitted to the TESS Office by the end of the first week of the term in order to secure approval for the trimester. The COTE Diversity Team will review all proposals and decide whether an event will be accepted for diversity credit.  The team will also determine how many hours of diversity credit the event will be worth.  Event coordinators will be notified about their event acceptance by the end of the first month of the term.

Approved Diversity Events

Fall 2017

Kind Individuals Dedicated to Students (K.I.D.S) organization
Participants attend monthly meetings and work with children for one hour of diversity credit.

People First Chapter Meetings--POP members will interact with People First Members and develop and deliver chapter programs and social events. Meetings are held on the third Tuesday of each month from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Meetings are held at 2416B South Main (ACES old building). Students can earn 1 hour of diversity credit for attending a meeting.

ESL Conversation Partner--Students will be conversation partners to international students. This opportunity will allow them to learn about other cultures and religions. The student will gain hands-on experience working with English Language Learners, which will better prepare them for their work as future educators.   Please contact Helen Konstantopoulos at if you are interested in participating.

Step Afrika!--Step Afrika! is one of the top 10 African American Dance Companies in the US and Washington DC's largest African American arts organization. Step Afrika! began as an exchange program with the Soweto Dance Theatre of Johannesburg, South Africa, and has expanded to become a national and international touring company presenting performance, residencies and workshops worldwide. Tickets can be purchased online (link is on the NW calendar or you can buy tickets at the DEI office). Tickets are $5 now and $10 at the door.

Around the World in 10 Desserts--This event will feature 10 countries and a famous dessert or candy from each.  Students will be free to walk around and enjoy the culture form each country.  It will be held on Friday, October 13th from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. in the Student Union Ballroom.

Cider and Conversation--This event will be in a roundtable setting so that discussion can take place.  The topic of conversation will be gender neutral pronouns.  Students will be encouraged to ask questions, participate in dialogue, and interact wth moderators who previously served on a town-hall style panel regarding the Stroller article that was published about gender pronouns.  The event wil be held on Tuesday, October 24th at 5:00 p.m. in the Student Union Ballroom.

Segregation in Kansas City: Structural Racism and Contemporary Identity--Brown Bag Lunch and Learn on October 26th from 11:45 a.m. to 1:00 p.m .in Brown Hall 216.

They Call Me Q--An autobiographical comedy about one woman's search for identity and acceptance in America on October 26th from 7:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. in Charles Johnson Theater.

The Cherokee Diaspora: A History of Migration, Survival and Pride--This lecture will be given by Gregory Smithers.  He specializes in Native American history.  He uncovers the importance of migration and removal, land and tradition, and culture and language in defining what it meant to be a Cherokee while living in diaspora. He shares his remarkable tale of bravery, innovation, and resilience.  The lecture will be held on November 8th from 6:30 to 8:00 p.m. in the Student Union.  Students will receive 1 1/2 hours of diversity credit for attending.

International Education Week--Events will be held the week of November 13-17th.  Please see flyer for details.

Africa Is Not A Country--An open dialogue of the stereotypes and misconceptions of Africa on November 14th at 7 p.m. in the Union Ballroom.

Becoming American: One Immigrant's Perspective--Lorraine Lanman, a first generation American, recounts her rich immigration history and experiences that taught her empathy, civility, and an appreciation of diversity.  Events will be held on Thursday, November 16th at 7 p.m. in the Tower View Room of the Student Union.

Ploghoft Lecture--Kate Place will give the Ploghoft lecture on November 16th from 7 to 8:30 p.m. in the Charles Johnson Theater.

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