In Fall of 2015, the University of Missouri System Board of Curators announced several race initiatives for its four campuses, in Columbia, Kansas City, Rolla and St. Louis. One position created was that of chief diversity, equity and inclusion officer. Also included in the restructuring was the Office for Civil Rights and Title IX. The Title IX Office previously only dealt with sex discrimination. The Office for Civil Rights and Title IX handles discrimination complaints regarding race, color, nation origin, ancestry, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, age, genetic information, disability, and protected veteran status. Recent controversies on UM campuses have launched discussions about racial discrimination in Missouri and how to confront it. There has been much discussion about racial issues, racial inequality, and diversity surrounding the search for a new UM System President. While the article below emphasizes protections and resources for students of the UM System, it is important to note that the UM System is also an employer, and its employees also have protections from harassment and discrimination. Race discrimination in employment and harassment at work are serious issues many workers face. If you have experienced such mistreatment in Kansas City, attorneys and law firms can often be contacted via phone, email, online inquiry, or even social media. A labor lawyer may be able to help.
Source: By Kasia Kovacs; From The Columbia Missourian