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Upcoming Diversity Opportunities, March 2nd- March 8th

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.

Pop-Up Exhibit: Show Me Missouri Women
March 5-9, State Historical Society- Columbia Research Center Main Gallery

Join SHSMO for this special one-week display of materials that share the story of how women helped shape the Show-Me State. Society archivists have selected a wide array of their favorite photographs, letters, art, journals, and other artifacts illustrating changes in gender roles and women’s ongoing fight for equality. An SHSMO archivist will be available to discuss the materials on March 5 from 2–4 p.m. The pop-up exhibit will be in the Columbia center’s art gallery alongside other paintings of interest. To learn more about women in Missouri history, visit the Women’s Experience in Missouri Research Guide.


Editing HERStory
Tuesday, March 5th 6pm-7pm Fischer Auditorium 88 Gannett Hall

Join Mizzou Women in Media and ONA Mizzou on Tuesday, March 5th for a panel discussion with Audrey Cooper, Editor in Chief of The San Francisco Chronicle, and Millie Tran, the Global Growth Editor at The New York Times. We’ll talk about their professional journeys, their rise into management, the value of mentorship and more. Associate Professor Amy Simons will moderate our discussion.

Support for Audrey Cooper’s visit is provided by the William Randolph Hearst Endowment for Visiting Professionals.


Distinguished Lecture with Dr. Tererai Trent
Tuesday, March 5th 6:30pm-7:45pm Missouri Theatre

We are excited to have Dr. Tererai Trent, internationally recognized author, humanitarian, and speaker, visit Mizzou in commemoration of International Women’s Day and in honor of Black History Month! Distinguished as Oprah Winfrey’s “All-Time Favorite Guest”, Dr. Trent is a scholar, humanitarian, motivational speaker, educator, mentor, and founder of Tererai Trent International, a foundation which envisions empowered rural communities where all children have access to quality education regardless of their gender or socio-economic backgrounds. Her ethnographic storytelling takes the audience on a journey into the cultural ethos of Africa, a culture steeped in tradition, that shaped who she is and the social disadvantages she overcame. Her journey is the embodiment of one person’s determination to overcoming barriers of generational poverty and intercultural conflict that is embedded in ones’ life’s journey.

During her visit to Mizzou, Dr. Trent will address issues of social justice through education, empowerment of girls and women, and universal access to quality education, regardless of gender or socio-economic backgrounds. Her 2017 book, The Awakened Woman, inspires and challenges the potential within each person.

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HR, Your Family, & You
Wednesday, March 6th 4:00pm-6:00pm MU Women’s Center

HR policies are hard to understand, especially as we try to expand our family. Join us for an afternoon with representatives from Human Resources as we discuss FMLA and other family policies at the University of Missouri.

We are committed to making our events accessible to all. If you anticipate any barriers to your involvement, please contact us at

Gender Solidarity and Workplace Culture
Thursday, March 7th 12:00pm-1:30pm Hill Hall 305

Join IDE’S Office of Inclusive Engagement for our Inclusion and Belonging Series.  The purpose of the series is to nurture personal, professional and community development to enhance belonging at Mizzou. The series seeks to create spaces for participants to develop inclusive strategies and deepen community connections on campus.

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CoMo Africa Fest 2019
Friday, March 8th 6:30pm-9:30pm Missouri Theatre

CoMo Africa Fest 2019 – “The Power and Promise of Women” at  Friday, March 8th from 6-9 p.m. in the Missouri Theatre. Our third annual celebration of African Cultures will feature female performers and speakers representing Africa and all facets of the African diaspora.

Join us for singing, drumming, dance, African art and more!  Co-hosts this year are Jabberwocky Studios and the Mizzou African Graduate Student and Professional Association.

Free with MU ID and $12 for individual and $20 family general public. All ages are allowed. Tickets at


Taira Meadowcroft

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