In Columbia, more than 8 percent of the population is foreign-born, compared with just under 4 percent on average in the rest of Missouri. In Columbia Public Schools, there are 61 different languages spoken amongst the students in the English Language Learning programs. Today on Intersection we’re talking about mid-Missouri’s international communities. Why is Columbia more culturally diverse than other parts of the Midwest? What is life like in Columbia for people from around the world, and how does their presence affect the town as a whole?
MU is welcoming a fresh but familiar face to the role of Chief Diversity Officer.
Deputy Chancellor Mike Middleton appointed Noor Azizan-Gardner to coordinate the Chancellor’s Diversity Initiative (CDI) as Chief Diversity Officer. Duties of this position include efforts in increasing diversity of students, staff and faculty, as well as maintaining a convivial campus community.
Chief Diversity Officer Noor Azizan-Gardner said she is excited to get everyone working together so the board can begin making dramatic but positive changes.