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Campus Diversity Audits Focus of Comments by Associate Dean Mitchell

June 15th, 2016

Professor David Mitchell

The Chronicle for Higher Education recently published a special report on diversity audits in universities across the country that quoted Associate Dean S. David Mitchell. The article, “Auditing Diversity,” discusses diversity audits at universities across the country and says that some audits, such as the one at the University of Missouri, are the result of student protests or campus crises.

Associate Dean Mitchell is the chairperson of the University of Missouri System’s Diversity Task Force, which was formed shortly after protests on the Mizzou campus last fall to help reform policies. According to the article, Associate Dean Mitchell will work with participants from the four campuses of the University of Missouri System to prioritize and provide recommendations to the system’s new chief diversity officer for implementation.

Associate Dean Mitchell says that some people are concerned that doing a diversity audit could hurt the school’s reputation, but “it takes a great deal of courage to do an audit, to engage in this process, to reveal things that might be uncomfortable.” He says that audits can actually show what policies are going well as well as which policies need reform. The audit is covering all four University of Missouri System campuses and the system itself and could take up to eight months.