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Associate Dean Mitchell Named to Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Task Force

December 24th, 2015

Professor David Mitchell

University of Missouri System Interim President Michael Middleton, ’71, has named School of Law Associate Dean S. David Mitchell as chair of the UM System’s Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Task Force. The task force, established as one of eight diversity, equity and inclusion initiatives by the University of Missouri Board of Curators, will assess and then make recommendations regarding the current programs, policies and practices of the UM System.

“The university is fortunate to have an individual of Dr. Mitchell’s stature providing leadership to our Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Task Force,” President Middleton said. “His distinguished record of campus leadership, community involvement and scholarly expertise will serve the UM System well as we address the difficult issues that have so challenged our university.”

Dean Mitchell was appointed associate dean for academic affairs of the School of Law in November. Among his many qualifications, Dean Mitchell is a member of the American Law Institute and chair of the Missouri State Advisory Committee to the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights. He has served as a Missouri Supreme Court Faculty Fellow researching ex-offender reentry in Missouri. He received his doctorate, law and master’s degrees from the University of Pennsylvania and his bachelor’s degree from Brown University.

“The University of Missouri System, with its four campuses around the state, offers a clear and visible example of the importance and value of diversity, equity and inclusion,” Dean Mitchell said. “It was necessary for the university, consisting of one campus when it was founded, to change in order to properly serve the geographically distinct parts and diverse citizens of Missouri. It accomplished this goal then by expanding the number of campuses.

“Now, the task force has a unique opportunity to once again respond to challenges the UM System faces to improve the education, research, economic development and service that we provide to the state by addressing the institutionalization of the societal problem of racism as well as other inequalities and inequities. The task force’s work will demonstrate our renewed commitment to embracing the values of diversity, equity and inclusion.”

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