MSU has as one of its core values a commitment to DIVERSITY and INCLUSION of people and thought. We live, learn, and work in an ever more diverse global society, and we each have a role to play in ensuring the inclusion of all members of the MSU community.
I wanted to take this opportunity to update you on some of the University’s ongoing and upcoming diversity initiatives. As a result of dialogue started by some of our African American students last fall, we will launch campus-wide diversity training for all faculty, staff, and students in the coming year. Details about this plan will be forthcoming.
Our DREAMS (Dedicated to Retention, Education, and Academic Success at Morehead State) mentoring program is off to a great start. If you are unfamiliar with DREAMS, it is a comprehensive academic support & retention program for African American and Latino/Hispanic students.
It is also open to first generation students, students that identify as coming from low income families, or any student committed to enriching their experience here at MSU. The program is centered on first-year transition, mentoring, and leadership. If you are interested in becoming a mentee as a student or a mentor as faculty/staff, please contact Cory Clark (firstname.lastname@example.org) for more information.
Additionally, our Eagle Diversity Education Center (EDEC) has been expanded and moved to a newly renovated space on the third floor of Allie Young Hall. EDEC provides a central location for students to study, schedule appointments with EDEC staff dedicated to minority student success (Cory Clark and Chris Blakely), and meet with peers. An Open House for campus will be planned and announced in the coming weeks.
If you have additional thoughts on how we can continue to strengthen our commitment to diversity and inclusion, please share them with Mr. Charles Holloway, our Chief Diversity Officer, at email@example.com. I am proud to be part of the community of learners at MSU where we believe all teach and all learn.
Wayne D. Andrews
President, Morehead State University