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Mentoring, Advocacy and Peer Support

Mentoring, Advocacy
and Peer Support
• IDEAS Coordinator
• LGBTQIA Outreach
• Title IX Advocacy
• Tutoring


Center for Multiculturalism and Inclusivity

Space for student groups and individuals, programs and events for all


The mission of the Center for Multiculturalism and Inclusivity at the University of Central Missouri is to provide services, support, and resources that educate the campus community on embracing diversity and making ALL people feel welcome regardless of race, culture, class, gender, religion, sexual orientation, etc. Our emphasis will be on cultivating the ideas, enhancing the experiences, and perpetuating the success of underrepresented populations throughout their collegiate careers and beyond.


Opened in the Fall of 2016, the Center for Multiculturalism and Inclusivity (The Center) at UCM provides space and direction for multicultural student groups and individual students. Additionally, through a variety of programs and events the space provides the opportunity for all students to experience Learning to a Greater Degree through experiences in diversity and inclusion.

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The Center is in the Elliott Student Union, 3rd Floor north, near the Center for Global Education.




Tara Napoleone-Clifford
IDEAS Coordinator






Tara oversees the Center for Multiculturalism and Inclusivity as well as the Mentorship Program and other diversity and equity programs for the university. She has an undergraduate degree in Social Work, a Master of Science in College Student Personnel Administration, and a Master of Arts in Communication, all of which were earned at UCM. She completed an interdisciplinary doctoral program at the University of Missouri-Kansas City, focusing on multicultural education, higher education administration, and curriculum and instruction leadership, and is completing her EdD in higher education administration through Gwynned Mercy University.


Her background includes a 12 year military career and a childhood that gave her experiences in both small town America and within an urban area. Her philosophy for student services is to meet the student where they are in their needs. She also pays close attention to the power dynamic that she and her position bring to each student encounter. It is always her intention to assist the student with what they need to be successful.


She and her wife and live on 11 acres with their four dogs in rural Missouri, traveling when they can then returning to their beloved country “getaway.” Outside of work Tara loves hiking, kayaking, family movie nights, gardening, singing with the Kansas City Women’s Chorus and just about any activity with friends. Her philosophy for life is pretty simple: do your best, regardless of how others define your best, see as many sunrises in a lifetime as possible, never forget or refuse your family, and always keep a furry friend close by to pet.


Raven Shelton
CMI Graduate Assistant



Raven oversees programming and multicultural student groups in the Center for Multiculturalism and Inclusivity.


Raven graduated from the University of Central Missouri in 2016 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Child and Family Development. She is currently pursuing a Masters degree in College Student Personnel Administration. Although young, Raven has always had a passion for education. She is committed to helping students succeed and lives for opportunities to do so.


In her free time she enjoys dancing, working on communty service projects with her sorority sisters, mentoring others, and hanging with friends/family. As an advocate for self-care, she uses her free time to create and work towards personal goals outside of her profession. Her motto is: "Be passionate, be courageous, have purpose, and work for things that are bigger than you. Somebody needs you."


Christopher Cooper
Mentorship Program
Graduate Assistant








Christopher holds a BFA in Interior Design from the University of Central Missouri’s (CIDA) accredited Interior Design program. He is currently pursuing a MA in Sociology with future plans to earn a PhD in American Studies.

As a McNair scholar, Christopher investigated the potential benefits of aquaponic systems architecturally integrated into residential spaces. He has presented this research in an array of cross-disciplinary and discipline specific settings, including the Interior Design Educators Council (IDEC) in Fort Worth, Texas. While pursuing his BFA, he was also given the distinguished honor of lecturing on behalf of Dr. Kathleen Desmond for UCM’s Great War History Lecture Series for the presentation, Dadaism and Artistic Protest of WWI.

Christopher’s journey to academia was one of considerable difficulty. As a teenage single father and a high school dropout, he did not pursue a college education until his late 20s. Before that, he was a manual laborer, providing for a family of six. UCM’s unique focus on student achievement provided him with the tutoring and mentoring he needed to be successful as a non-traditional student. The struggles that he has endured as a person and as a student, coupled with a deep love for people and for learning, make him uniquely qualified to support other students on their journey to collegiate victory.

In his free time, Christopher loves spending time with his four children, playing Frisbee, creating art, and writing and performing music.


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