Outreach / Service / Consultation

The Coalition organizes and promotes outreach activities to interface with the Columbia community. Among the most successful events of the Coalition has been the Helen A. Neville Multicultural Lecture Series named in recognition of the many and varied outstanding multicultural contributions to the Coalition, MU, and Columbia community. The invited speaker is a nationally recognized multicultural expert who not only provides a multicultural lecture for the Columbia public schools, MU, and Columbia community, but also interacts with MU students, faculty, and administrators in a wide range of professional and social contexts.

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The Coalition provides and works in collaboration with other university programs to provide services to students, faculty, and administrators in the MU campus and the Columbia community. CCC provide supervision and assistantship to International Students’ Career Services. ISCS is an example of innovative programming that addresses culturally-specific needs of underserved populations on college campus.

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The primary outreach goal is to provide consultation services, which focus on multicultural concerns and issues, to the MU campus, the Columbia community and public schools, as well as across the U.S. and beyond. We have established liaison relationships with : (1) Columbia Public Schools’ teachers and administrators, (2) MU’s Teacher Development Program (TDP) which trains pre-service educators, (3) MU Multicultural Affair Office, (4) Vice Provost for Minority Affairs, (5) MU’s Assessment and Consultation Clinic, (6) MU’s Asian Affairs Center, (7) building relationships with the student organizations and local churches and community organizations (e.g., PRISM) in an effort to extend diversity services through other groups, (8) other universities in the U.S., and (9) corporations in other countries.The Coalition has also been involved in the following projects in the past: Mattie Rhodes Center Program Evaluation, Study Abroad Program Development, outreach presentations to Chance Elementary in Centralia, Black Business Student Association at MU.

The Coalition for Cultural Competency provides consultation services on a wide range of diversity-related issues. Services can range from a one-time workshop on a topic of choice to ongoing consultation. Fees are negotiated according to the request. Contact Dr. Puncky Heppner (heppnerp@missouri.edu) for more information.

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