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Upcoming Diversity Opportunities, April 13th-19th

The Diversity and Inclusion Committee will send out upcoming opportunities every week we think will be of interest. We hope that you will help us continue to build a library culture of diversity and inclusion.

Show Me Mizzou Day: International Programs Open House
Saturday April 13th 10:00am-2:00pm, Memorial Union N52

Learn about international exchange at Mizzou from current international students and study abroad returnees. Volunteers from the Confucius Institute will be demonstrating Chinese calligraphy and helping visitors make traditional knitted bracelets.

Current students and their families are also invited to learn about the wide array of study abroad options available to MU students across all academic disciplines. Study abroad advisers will be available to answer questions, and refreshments will be provided.

Show Me Mizzou Day is an opportunity to explore our state’s flagship university through more than 100 events for people of all ages. Free admission and parking.


How To Be A Better Trans Ally
Monday April 15th 3:00pm-5:00pm, Stotler Lounge (Memorial Union)

Join Oasis for a workshop of stations to practice and learn about trans allyship skills. This event is open to the public.

We are committed to ensuring our events are accessible. Please contact if you anticipate any barriers to your participation.


Research Discussion: Dr. Chuck Munter
Tuesday April 16th 11:00am-12:00pm, The Bridge (Townsend Hall 220)

From the Interpersonal to the Institutional: Investigating Sources of Inequity in Mathematics Education

Too much about schooling perpetuates, rather than reduces, social inequalities. And in terms of subject areas, mathematics may be one of the worst culprits. In this discussion, we will consider research on how inequity is produced in school mathematics at multiple levels, including through classroom interaction and through district policies, and reflect on ways we might confront those inequities. All are welcome, regardless of level of interest in mathematics.

The research discussion can be accessed virtually at


Poesia Viva
Wednesday April 17th 6:30-8:30pm, The Shack (The Student Center)

Come join us on our annual Poesia Viva! We have special guests La Resistencia visiting us. Visit the url for more information about the event.


Mindy Scheier – “Breaking Down Barriers for People with Disabilities: The Role of Clothing”
Thursday April 18th 11:00am-12:00pm, Stotler Lounge (Memorial Union)

Before founding Runway of Dreams Foundation (RoDF) in 2014, Mindy Scheier spent 20 years working in fashion on the design team for the INC collection and as a stylist for Saks Fifth Avenue.

Mindy was inspired to start RoDF after her son Oliver, who has Muscular Dystrophy, dreamed of wearing jeans like everyone else. After using her design skills to adapt a pair that met his needs and increased his confidence, she went on to conduct extensive research to develop modifications — including alternate closures, adjustability of waistbands, pant and sleeve lengths and alternative ways to get in and out of the clothing. Following launch, RoDF collaborated with Tommy Hilfiger on the first mainstream adaptive clothing line for kids in 2016.

Mindy’s work with RoDF expands beyond adaptive clothing. Founded on the basis that clothing is a basic human need, the Runway of Dreams Foundation develops, delivers and supports initiatives to broaden the reach of mainstream adaptive clothing and promote the differently-abled community in the fashion industry. Through adaptive clothing donations, employment opportunity initiatives, adaptive design workshops, awareness building campaigns and scholarships programs, RoDF is empowering people with disabilities with opportunity, confidence, independence and style. Envisioning a world where fashion is mainstream and accessible for all, Mindy continues to break down barriers and challenge industry norms. *This event is free and open to the public


Movie Screening & Discussion: Intelligent Lives
Thursday April 18th 7:00pm-8:30pm, 101 Swallow Hall Auditorium

If you believe that ALL people should be supported, valued, and included, join us for the special screening ofIntelligent Lives. This documentary by disability rights filmmaker Dan Habib is shattering stereotypes about what it means to be “intelligent” and opening doors to more inclusive education and employment. In addition to featuring the stories of three pioneering young adults, the film is graced with the personal perspective of Academy award winning actor Chris Cooper.

The 70-minute screening will be followed by a panel of advocates and practitioners who work on local issues of education and employment opportunities for individuals with disabilities.



Taira Meadowcroft

Taira Meadowcroft is the Public Health and Community Engagement Librarian at the Health Sciences Library at the University of Missouri.