Skip to content

University of Missouri

Undergraduate School

Mailing Address
230 Jesse Hall
Columbia, Missouri 65211
(573) 882-7786
Email address
School Information
"Established in 1839, the University of Missouri knows what it means to be first. We were the first public university west of the Mississippi River. We are home to the world’s first journalism school. We started the tradition of homecoming. As a flagship, land-grant institution and one of only 65 universities across the U.S. and Canada to be a member of the prestigious Association of American Universities, we are a campus where empathy, innovation and hard work combine to solve the world’s grand challenges. Our community of students, faculty and staff enhances bovine reproduction, composes award-winning music and generates life-saving radioisotopes in the most powerful university research reactor in the country. We tackle diverse problems because Missouri is a diverse state — from the southern Ozarks to the northern plains. We are Mizzou, where Black and Gold runs deep and Truman the Tiger embodies our bold spirit." The university enrolls over 30,800 students, offers over 300 degree programs, and employs over 2,000 faculty. (Source: (Source: (Source:
General Information
To support the advancement of "equity", the University of Missouri has created a new bias hotline to allow community members to report "conduct that conflicts with our University’s values", as well as appointing a new Vice Chancellor for Inclusion, Diversity and Equity. No Critical Race Training sessions are yet required of students. See developments below:

Actions Taken

Admissions Policies
  • On June 29, 2023, UM issued a statement in response to the Supreme Court's ruling on affirmative action which conveys that the "Missouri Attorney General has instructed universities to 'immediately cease their practice of using race-based standards to make decisions about things like admission, scholarships, programs and employment'.” UM also states the following: "As allowed by prior law, a small number of our programs and scholarships have used race/ethnicity as a factor for admissions and scholarships. Those practices will be discontinued, and we will abide by the new Supreme Court ruling concerning legal standards that applies to race-based admissions and race-based scholarships."
Disciplinary Measures
  • The university created a new bias hotline which can be used by students, faculty, or staff to report discriminatory conduct or "conduct that conflicts with our University’s values".
Faculty/Staff Requirements
  • It was announced on March 24, 2023 that diversity statements will no longer be required by University of Missouri for hiring of any faculty or staff.
  • The Department of Psychological Sciences will be working towards “building on mandatory university IDE training with the expectation for our faculty and staff to engage in continuing education and transparently reporting, in aggregate, on the completion of such training.”
  • Within its STRIVE initiative, the Department of Psychological Sciences is working towards “inclusive pedagogies” by “requiring Teaching Evaluation Questionnaire items that focus on assessing inclusive pedagogical practices.”
Program and Research Funding
  • The Department of Psychological Sciences will be “funding 50% of registration fees/travel for attending any conference/workshop devoted to anti-racism and IDE.”
  • The Missouri Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation is a funding program, and “the University of Missouri-St. Louis is one of nine colleges and universities to receive a five-year grant from MOLSAMP, which represents one of forty-one such programs sponsored by the National Science Foundation (NSF).”
  • The Office of Inclusive Excellence has “three funding initiatives” known as the “IDE Excellence Grant Initiative for Students,” “IDE Excellence Grant Initiative for Employees,” and “Faculty Inclusive Excellence Fund (FIEF).”
  • Mizzou appointed a new "Vice Chancellor for Inclusion, Diversity and Equity."
  • The Division of Inclusion, Diversity, and Equity is undergoing a three-phase restructuring process in order to realign its staff and resources towards diversity, equity, and social justice. They offer a number of resources and educational offerings on diversity, inclusivity, and social justice.
  • The Faculty Institute for Inclusive Teaching promotes inclusive pedagogies “around diversity and inclusiveness in the undergraduate classroom.
  • The university’s Inclusive Excellence Framework provides an institutional infrastructure to effectively support the university’s diversity goals.
  • The Department of Psychological Sciences outlined several steps it is taking to support the anti-racist goals of the school, such as working alongside groups like the Committee on Diversity and Inclusion.
  • As part of the STRIVE Approach, the Department of Psychological Sciences is putting forth efforts towards “expanding course offerings on racism and/or multiculturalism for undergraduate and graduate students.”
  • The Department of Psychological Sciences is also launching several programs such as the Semesterly Seminar IDE Discussion Program among others.
  • University of Missouri has a program known as the Emerging Leaders Conference offered by the Office of Academic Access & Leadership Development and the Missouri Legislative Black Caucus, Inc.
  • The school offers undergraduate “pipeline initiatives” such as MOCHA and WOCHA, which offer workshops and programming.
  • Missouri also is home to the MIzzou Black Men’s Initiative and the MIzzou Black Women’s Initiative.
  • The Teaching for Learning Center has anti-racist pedagogy resources, including linking the book "How to Be an Antiracist" by Ibram X. Kendi.
Symbolic Actions
  • The Multicultural Center is home to the Four Front Council, “a council for marginalized students and student groups."
  • The school hosts the Diversity Peer Educators program, which comprises “trained student facilitators dedicated to promoting greater cultural awareness, competency, and understanding on the Mizzou campus.”
  • On January 9, 2023, the University of Missouri released a statement saying that after "thorough review" of a racist social media message, the university determined it has no grounds to discipline the student who sent it due to First Amendment protections, but clarified that the message is "diametrically opposed to our values."
Last updated June 7th, 2024
©2024 Critical Race Training in Education. All rights reserved.