University of Missouri aims to increase minority faculty

In this Monday, Nov. 9, 2015 file photo, Jonathan Butler, front left, addresses a crowd following the announcement that University of Missouri System President Tim Wolfe would resign, at the university in Columbia, Mo. Officials were slow to handle racial incidents at the University of Missouri, and that contributed to protests, a student hunger strike, a threatened boycott by the football team and ultimately, the resignations of two administrators. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson, File)

COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) — The University of Missouri says it’s putting $1.6 million toward doubling its numbers of minority faculty to 13 percent in four years.

The Kansas City Star reports that university leaders met on the Columbia campus Tuesday to discuss efforts in the past year to improve diversity, inclusion and race relations.

Kevin McDonald, interim vice chancellor for diversity, equity and inclusion, says $600,000 of the $1.6 million will be used for faculty recruitment and retention. McDonald says $1 million will go toward bringing in minority doctoral candidates and preparing them for tenure track teaching posts.

The university also says that biannual campus climate and diversity surveys will be conducted on all four campuses in the system starting this year.

Efforts by the school are in response to protests held on campus last November amid racial tensions.



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