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Twenty-eight Northwest employees recently completed the program. Pictured above are, left to right in the first row, Andrea Mason, Dr. Shantel Farnan, Michelle Vaught, Mary Shields, Brandy Haughey, Nikki Bucy and Dr. Pradnya Patet; in the second row are Dr. Augustus Hallmon, Cris Jacobson, LeAnne Carmichael, Dr. Timothy Wall, Laura King, Dr. Rick Toomey and Sandy Seipel; in the third row are Dr. Carol Spradling, Sarah Winans, Dr. Deborah Toomey and Steve Bryant. (Submitted photo)

Twenty-eight Northwest employees recently completed the program. Pictured above are, left to right in the first row, Andrea Mason, Dr. Shantel Farnan, Michelle Vaught, Mary Shields, Brandy Haughey, Nikki Bucy and Dr. Pradnya Patet; in the second row are Dr. Augustus Hallmon, Cris Jacobson, LeAnne Carmichael, Dr. Timothy Wall, Laura King, Dr. Rick Toomey and Sandy Seipel; in the third row are Dr. Carol Spradling, Sarah Winans, Dr. Deborah Toomey and Steve Bryant. (Submitted photo)

Nov. 21, 2016

Northwest graduates fifth cohort of Institute for Social Justice


Northwest Missouri State University’s Office of Human Resources and Office of Diversity and Inclusion on Thursday graduated 28 employees as the fifth cohort of its Institute for Social Justice, a collaborative effort with the goal of advancing intercultural competence among University employees.

The program offers social justice training to Northwest employees through videos, presentations and conversation. It provides 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 consists of seven weekly sessions, all of which the participants must attend to graduate.

“The participants within Cohort Five did a lot of great self-work,” Director of Diversity and Inclusion Steve Bryant said. “It was an honor to see them continue to challenge themselves and each other to dismantle the oppressive thoughts and actions we see in our society.”

The Northwest Institute for Social Justice originated in the spring of 2013, and 13 University employees graduated from the program. To date, 86 employees have completed the program.

Twenty of the 28 employees to complete the most recent cycle represented Northwest’s School of Education, including its Horace Mann Laboratory School and Phyllis and Richard Leet Center for Children and Families. Dr. Tim Wall, dean of the School of Education, said he was heartened that so many of his colleagues participated in the Social Justice Institute as a professional learning opportunity while reflecting on ways to break down systems of structural inequity in our society and in our culture. 

“Social justice matters. What we do, how we think, how we treat others and individuals and groups matters,” Wall said. “Steve Bryant and his team helped us unlock some of the ways that we can put components of social justice into our day-to-day lives, in our teaching, and in the way we structure our schools.”

The following employees completed the program this fall:

  • Robyn Akins, instructor of professional education
  • Jill Baker, instructor of professional education
  • Erica Buck, Leet Center early childhood teacher
  • Nikki Bucy, assistant director of auxiliary services
  • LeAnne Carmichael, licensed practical nurse at Wellness Services
  • Nancy Farlow, Horace Mann kindergarten instructor
  • Dr. Shantel Farnan, assistant professor of professional education
  • Dr. Dan Gordon, assistant professor of professional education
  • Dr. Augustus Hallmon, assistant professor of recreation
  • Brandy Haughey, Horace Mann second grade instructor
  • Dr. Nissa Ingraham, assistant professor of professional education
  • Cris Jacobson, instructor of psychology
  • Laura King, Horace Mann first grade instructor
  • Andrea Mason, Horace Mann third and fourth grade instructor
  • Dr. Pradnya Patet, associate professor of professional education
  • Cindy Rouner, Leet Center director
  • Sandy Seipel, Horace Mann principal
  • Meghan Sheil, Leet Center early childhood teacher
  • Mary Shields, Horace Mann resource teacher
  • Linda Smith, lecturer in professional education
  • Dr. Carol Spradling, director of the School of Computer Science and Information Systems
  • Dr. Deborah Toomey, assistant professor of marketing
  • Dr. Rick Toomey, associate professor of chemistry
  • Michelle Vaught, Horace Mann kindergarten instructor
  • Dr. Timothy Wall, dean of the School of Education
  • Dr. Nathan Wilson, associate professor of communication
  • Sarah Winans, Horace Mann fifth and sixth grade instructor
  • Erika Yocom, Leet Center early childhood teacher

For more information, please contact:

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

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