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University of Central Missouri
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Warrensburg, MO 64093
Phone: 660-543-4640
Fax: 660-543-4943

UCM to Celebrate Grand Opening of Center for Multiculturalism and Inclusivity

Contact: Jeff Murphy
WARRENSBURG, MO (Feb. 1, 2017) – University of Central Missouri faculty, staff, students and interested members of the Warrensburg community are invited to attend the grand opening of UCM’s Center for Multiculturalism and Inclusivity (CMI) Tuesday, Feb. 14 . The event takes place from 1-3 p.m. and begins with a ceremonial ribbon cutting at the CMI, located on the third floor of the Elliott Student Union.

Festivities include refreshments, as well as remarks by Tara Napoleone-Clifford, inclusivity, diversity, equity, advocacy and success (IDEAS) coordinator, and three UCM students, Preston Billingsley, Armeisha Vance, and Ibrahim Alageel. Music will be provided by soloist Reginald Meade, who is a UCM student, and the student group, Anointed By Christ Gospel Choir.

Beginning its operations during the fall 2016 semester, the CMI is related to the university’s mission and core values, which include a commitment to attracting and supporting a diverse student body. It is situated in renovated space near the English Language Center, and has been developed by the Office of Mentoring, Advocacy and Peer Support (MAPS).

Student focused, CMI’s features include two classrooms which may be reserved by university organizations, organizational storage space, an office with four cubicles, high-definition televisions, Wi-Fi access, and tables, which can be used by students during meetings in the office or simply to relax and visit with friends.

In approving the name for the facility in August 2016, documents by UCM’s Board of Governors described the center as a campus unit “that leads and supports the development and facilitation of positive and proactive initiatives that increase access, opportunity equity, diversity, and inclusivity in all aspects of university life. Inherent in this charge is the intent to develop an awareness of social, political, cultural, and ethical issues in the belief that this awareness will lead to concern for, participation in, and improvement to society.”

The CMI works with underrepresented students and organizations across campus. It welcomes people of all backgrounds, identities and perspectives as the university strives to create an atmosphere in which all people feel welcome and secure. For more information about CMI or the grand opening, contact Napoleone-Clifford at or 660-543-4156, or Alesha Bowman, multicultural outreach specialist at the CMI, at or 660-543-8049.