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About the Office of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

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The Office of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion was established in July 2016 as part of a series of strategic initiatives implemented in 2015 to address areas of diversity, equity and inclusion across the universities of the UM System. The joint office works to serve the needs of both the UM System and the University of Missouri-Columbia.


Mission of the Office

The Office of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion works collaboratively systemwide, with faculty, staff, and students, to create an overarching diversity framework aimed at connecting diversity and inclusion to functional areas throughout the institution.


Responsibilities of the Office

The office focuses on four nationally recognized areas of providing education on and promotion of diversity:

  • Access and Success – higher graduation rates for a more diverse student body; increase diversity among faculty and staff.
  • Campus Climate and Intergroup Relations – create a welcoming environment to acknowledge and celebrate diversity; provide opportunities for groups to interact and communicate.
  • Education and Scholarship – prepare students for the global marketplace; support the curricular/co-curricular efforts of faculty and staff; provide support for research on diversity.
  • Institutional Infrastructure – create an infrastructure that supports diversity goals within the University’s strategic plan and ensure that policies and processes reflect diversity and inclusion goals.

Staff Directory

Christine Holt

Interim Chief Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Officer

321 University Hall
Columbia, MO 65211
Telephone: (573) 882-2011

Marsha Fischer

Interim Chief Equal Opportunity Officer

1000 W. Nifong Blvd., Bldg. 7, Ste. 300
Columbia, MO 65211
Telephone: (573) 884-3222

Layla Padgett  

Layla Jasper

​Senior Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Specialist





Reviewed 2020-10-26