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Citizenship Too Session, Oct. 16

In response to the call for a campuswide “training” that orients students to diversity and inclusion on our campus, I have worked with faculty and students to create the Citizenship@Mizzou program. Since the spring of 2016, this training has been presented to all incoming undergraduate students at Mizzou.  At each session, I am joined by a handful of faculty and the students of the band Talking Drum. Together, we present vignettes and musical performances that highlight our values of Respect, Responsibility, Discovery and Excellence.  Invariably, this leads us to a reflective conversation about Mizzou identity and culture.

In serving as a Faculty Fellow for the MU Division of Inclusion, Diversity & Equity, I was asked to create a companion program specifically for faculty and staff. Starting this fall, CitizenshipToo will be presented to faculty and staff with the intent to share student perspectives of what citizenship means for the entire Mizzou community. Talking Drum will perform selected classics in an effort to engage faculty and staff in a discussion about their understandings of Mizzou’s core values, while allowing for the collection of ideas on ways to enhance the notion of citizenship on our campus. Faculty and staff will be better prepared to interact with students in the classroom and around campus.

We have two more sessions of CitizenshipToo scheduled this fall:

  • Monday, Oct. 16, 3:30 to 5 p.m. (The Shack, MU Student Center)
  • Monday, Nov. 20, 3:30 to 5 p.m. (The Shack, MU Student Center)

Seating is limited, so please register here:


More information: (Flier is attached)


Please email questions about registration and session offerings to citizenship@missouri.edu.

To request accommodations for CitizenshipToo sessions, including captioning or interpretive services, please contact the MU Disability Center.

Thank you for supporting initiatives that aim to make our campus more inclusive. I look forward to interacting with you in one of three CitizenshipToo sessions this fall.

Dr. Stephanie Shonekan
Chair, MU Department of Black Studies
Faculty Fellow, MU Division of Inclusion, Diversity & Equity


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A Personal Perspective on Race, Opportunity and the US Health System LIVE STREAM

You're Invited: Louis W. Sullivan, MD, US Secretary of Health and Human Services (1989–1993), will talk about his life story, and racial disparities and medical care on Tuesday, October 4, 2:00-3:00 pm (eastern time). Dr. Sullivan’s presentation will be live-streamed globally. It will also open be to the public at NIH, Building 10, in the Lipsett Auditorium.

A meet and greet with Dr. Sullivan, sponsored by the Foundation for Advanced Education in the Sciences, will follow the presentation.

Dr. Sullivan will share his life story, growing up in rural Georgia during the period of legally-sanctioned and enforced racial segregation, and the impact it had on him, his family, and on the black community. He was inspired to become a physician when, at age 5, he met the only black physician in Southwest Georgia.

After becoming a hematologist and professor of medicine at Boston University School of Medicine, he went on to found the Morehouse School of Medicine in Atlanta, followed by an appointment as US Secretary of Health and Human Services in the administration of George H.W. Bush.

Dr. Sullivan developed initiatives to increase racial, ethnic, and gender diversity in the US Department of Health and Human Services and in the nation’s health workforce.

Throughout his career, Sullivan has worked to improve the effectiveness of the US health system and the diversity of its workforce. The elimination of disparities in health care, which exist between whites and the nation’s underserved minorities, is an ongoing priority of Dr. Sullivan. He’ll discuss progress to date and remaining challenges.

History of Medicine Lecture Series
Dr. Sullivan’s presentation is part of NLM’s History of Medicine Lectures for 2016. The lecture series, sponsored by the NLM History of Medicine Division, promotes awareness and use of NLM and other historical collections for research, education, and public service in biomedicine, the social sciences, and the humanities. The series also supports the commitment of the NLM to recognizing and celebrating diversity.

All lectures are free and open to the public. They are also live-streamed globally, and subsequently archived, by NIH VideoCasting.