Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

The Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Committee serves as a working group of students, staff and faculty who evaluate the campus culture and recommend programs and tools to help us grow. We strive to create an inclusive atmosphere. We will provide resources and opportunities to educate ourselves and our community. Co-chairs of this committee are Tami Sells, Assistant Professor of Psychology, and Julie Herek, Instructor of Mathematics.

Please direct questions or suggestions to dei@macc.edu.

DEI Mission Statement

MACC is a place where all belong. Diversity fuels the MACC spirit empowering people in our inclusive community. We celebrate the uniqueness of each individual and multiple points of view. Be who you are. We like it that way.

The Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion Ambassador Scholarship

Do you have a passion for supporting MACC’s DEI mission? DEI Ambassadors will be members of the DEI Committee and are required to participate in meetings, and will lead and/or participate in DEI-related events and programs.  Ambassadors will:

  • Raise awareness about the needs of students from underrepresented backgrounds, and provide resources and information to support students;

  • Promote an inclusive climate where everyone feels welcomed and supported;

  • Be creative and take initiative in implementing continuous improvement methods to support DEI program and events to actively engage students in activities to advance diversity, equity and inclusion at MACC.

  • Serve as an advocate for students.

Benefits of being a DEI ambassador:

Ambassadors will be students who are committed to promoting DEI awareness.  They will strive to build relationships while increasing campus-wide participation in DEI events and programs. Ambassadors will gain valuable leadership experience and communication skills, and will acquire transferable skills for the workplace, such as networking with peers, faculty, staff and community members.

Scholarship description:

The Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) Ambassador Scholarship is a special recognition to be awarded at the discretion of the MACC Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Committee. This award is valued at $500 per semester and is applied to educational expenses charged at Moberly Area Community College, including fees, tuition, lab fees, housing, meal plan, and/or books and supplies. 

DEI Ambassador Scholarship recipients shall demonstrate good citizenship and a commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion.  Recipients must maintain a cumulative 2.00 grade point average each semester and must be seeking a degree or certificate and be enrolled in a minimum of nine (9) credit hours.  

A maximum of five Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Ambassador Scholarships may be presented annually.  Students must have a high school or college GPA of a 2.00 (or equivalent HiSET/GED score) or higher upon initial application. This award is renewable for one (1) consecutive semester. Recipients of this award may reapply in subsequent years.

 2022-2023 DEI Ambassador Scholarship Application

DEI Definitions

Moberly Area Community College embraces diversity, equity, and inclusion by honoring its diverse faculty, staff, and student populations.

  • Diversity. MACC acknowledges and embraces the interconnected range of physical, mental, and emotional human differences across our college community.

  • Equity. MACC provides accommodating access to opportunities, networks, resources, and support regardless of an individual’s identity.

  • Inclusion. Together the MACC community strives to maintain an inclusive environment, where individuals of all cultures, identities, and abilities have equal access to the education and resources that are available.

DEI Newsletters

Teaching & Curriculum Resource Library focused on Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, and People of Color) Addiction and Mental Health Resources. Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration. https://www.addictions.com/bipoc/

Being an Anti-Racist Educator. Wheaton College. Being an Anti-Racist Educator  

Center for Research on Learning & Teaching. University of Michigan. https://crlt.umich.edu/multicultural-teaching/inclusive-teaching-strategies  

Conscious Style Guide. The essential guide to conscious language. https://consciousstyleguide.com/  

DEI Resource Library. Massachusetts Adult Education Professional Development System. https://www.sabes.org/resources/dei-resources-library  

Diversity Toolkit: A Guide to Discussing Identity, Power and Privilege. (November 2020). University of Southern California. https://msw.usc.edu/mswusc-blog/diversity-workshop-guide-to-discussing-identity-power-and-privilege/  

Engaging All Students. The University of Chicago. https://inclusivepedagogy.uchicago.edu/  

Faculty Toolkit on Digital Inclusion. New York University. https://www.nyu.edu/life/global-inclusion-and-diversity/learning-and-development/toolkits/faculty-digital-inclusion.html  

Juan C. Garibay. Creating a Positive Classroom Climate for Diversity. https://equity.ucla.edu/wp-content/uploads/2016/06/CreatingaPositiveClassroomClimateWeb-2.pdf. UCLA Diversity & Faculty Development (2015). 

Inclusive Teaching Practices. University of Denver. https://operations.du.edu/inclusive-teaching/modules  

University of Texas Libraries. DEI Resources  

Viji Sathy, Kelly A. Hogan, How to Make Your Teaching More Inclusive Advice Guide. https://www.chronicle.com/article/how-to-make-your-teaching-more-inclusive/  

Teaching Race: Pedagogy and Practice. Vanderbilt University. https://cft.vanderbilt.edu/guides-sub-pages/teaching-race/  

Virginia Warren, Guidelines for Non-Sexist Use of Language. https://www.apaonline.org/page/nonsexist. American Philosophical Association. 

Brown University. Office of Institutional Equity and Diversity.
Glossary of Bias Terms

How to Protect Your Mental Health While Fighting Racial Injustice.
https://onlinecounselingprograms.com/resources/racial-injustice-mental-health-resources/

How to Decenter Yourself in Conversations With Members of Marginalized Communities
https://onlinegrad.baylor.edu/resources/how-to-decenter-yourself/

Equity in Missouri Higher Education. https://dhewd.mo.gov/equity_project.php  

Cradle to Career Alliance Health Equity Report. https://cradletocareeralliance.org/community-reports/

Learning for Justice Magazine 

Dr. Ibram X. Kendi: How to Be an Antiracist lecture at St. Louis University (Sept. 2020): https://youtu.be/yZse2Ji4AIw  

Taboo Teaching documentary: https://youtu.be/sNW4CBpj8HY  

Gender Revolution: A Journey with Katie Couric (2017): https://macc.instructuremedia.com/embed/e1b8ed6d-e643-43a8-84aa-f9f367017dc3  

Bridges to Success Equity Webinar Series: https://dhewd.mo.gov/equity_project.php  

Kimberle’ Crenshaw On Intersectionality (2016 WOW Keynote): https://youtu.be/-DW4HLgYPlA  

Amber Galloway Gallego How Sign Language Can Bring Music to Life (2018 TedMed): https://youtu.be/dkfCD7c2HcQ  

NOVA/PBS Picture a Scientist (2021): https://www.pbs.org/wgbh/nova/video/picture-a-scientist/  

Sara Ahmed, On Being Included: Racism and Diversity in Institutional Life. Duke University Press Books (2012).

What does diversity do? What are we doing when we use the language of diversity? Sara Ahmed offers an account of the diversity world based on interviews with diversity practitioners in higher education, as well as her own experience of doing diversity work. Diversity is an ordinary, even unremarkable, feature of institutional life. Yet diversity practitioners often experience institutions as resistant to their work, as captured through their use of the metaphor of the “brick wall.” On Being Included offers an explanation of this apparent paradox. It explores the gap between symbolic commitments to diversity and the experience of those who embody diversity. Commitments to diversity are understood as “non-performatives” that do not bring about what they name. The book provides an account of institutional whiteness and shows how racism can be obscured by the institutionalization of diversity. Diversity is used as evidence that institutions do not have a problem with racism. On Being Included offers a critique of what happens when diversity is offered as a solution. It also shows how diversity workers generate knowledge of institutions in attempting to transform them. [from Publisher]

Lee Airton, Gender: Your Guide. Adams Media (2018).

The days of two genders—male, female; boy, girl; blue, pink—are over, if they ever existed at all. Gender is now a global conversation, and one that is constantly evolving. More people than ever before are openly living their lives as transgender men or women, and many transgender people are coming out as neither men nor women, instead living outside of the binary. Gender is changing, and this change is gaining momentum.

We all want to do and say the right things in relation to gender diversity—whether at a job interview, at parent/teacher night, and around the table at family dinners. But where do we begin?

From the differences among gender identity, gender expression, and sex, to the use of gender-neutral pronouns like singular they/them, to thinking about your own participation in gender, Gender: Your Guide serves as “a warm, inviting guide to a complicated area” (The Globe and Mail, Toronto). Professor and gender diversity advocate Lee Airton, PhD, explains how gender works in everyday life; how to use accurate terminology to refer to transgender, non-binary, and/or gender non-conforming individuals; and how to ask when you aren’t sure what to do or say. It provides the information you need to talk confidently and compassionately about gender diversity, whether simply having a conversation or going to bat as an advocate. [from publisher]

Brit Bennett, The Vanishing Half: A Novel. Riverhead Books (2022).

The Vignes twin sisters will always be identical. But after growing up together in a small, southern black community and running away at age sixteen, it’s not just the shape of their daily lives that is different as adults, it’s everything: their families, their communities, their racial identities. Many years later, one sister lives with her black daughter in the same southern town she once tried to escape. The other secretly passes for white, and her white husband knows nothing of her past. Still, even separated by so many miles and just as many lies, the fates of the twins remain intertwined. What will happen to the next generation, when their own daughters’ storylines intersect?

Weaving together multiple strands and generations of this family, from the Deep South to California, from the 1950s to the 1990s, Brit Bennett produces a story that is at once a riveting, emotional family story and a brilliant exploration of the American history of passing. Looking well beyond issues of race, The Vanishing Half considers the lasting influence of the past as it shapes a person’s decisions, desires, and expectations, and explores some of the multiple reasons and realms in which people sometimes feel pulled to live as something other than their origins.

As with her New York Times-bestselling debut The Mothers, Brit Bennett offers an engrossing page-turner about family and relationships that is immersive and provocative, compassionate and wise. [from Publisher]

Eduardo Bonilla Silva, Racism without Racists: Color-blind Racism and the Persistence of Racial Inequality in the America. Rowman & Littlefield (2021).

Eduardo Bonilla-Silva’s acclaimed Racism without Racists examines in detail how Whites talk, think, and account for the existence of racial inequality and makes clear that color-blind racism is as insidious now as ever. The sixth edition of this provocative book includes new material on systemic racism and how color-blind racism framed many issues during the COVID-19 pandemic. A revised conclusion addresses what readers can do to confront racism—both personally and on a larger structural level. [from Publisher]

Visiliki Brinia, J. Paulo Davim, Designing an Innovative Pedagogy for Sustainable Development in Higher Education. CRC Press (2020).

This book develops a “green pedagogy” and an innovation mindset in higher education by using approaches based on innovative design thinking, arts-based practices, digital transformation, and entrepreneurship for sustainable development. New pedagogical methods and educational solutions are developed throughout this book to offer pedagogical support to both students and university/college-level instructors.

This book leads students as well as their instructors, through an artful and experimental way of thinking and doing, to take the ownership of the co-creation process. This is the basis for increasing social responsibility, motivation and commitment, and fostering creativity and innovation.

An educational toolkit, including human-centric design methods, digital tools, creative and arts-based practices, innovation-related skills, and nascent and social entrepreneurship competencies, is provided for higher education instructors. This method kit will help instructors support students in the process of creating new knowledge for addressing real-world problems and enhance their societal involvement, foster entrepreneurial spirit, and reach opportunities for a sustainable future. [from Publisher]

Stephen Brookfield, Becoming a Critically Reflective Teacher. Jossey-Bass (2017).

Becoming a Critically Reflective Teacher is the landmark guide to critical reflection, providing expert insight and practical tools to facilitate a journey of constructive self-critique. Stephen Brookfield shows how you can uncover and assess your assumptions about practice by viewing them through the lens of your students’ eyes, your colleagues’ perceptions, relevant theory and research, and your own personal experience. Practicing critical reflection will help you…

  • Align your teaching with desired student outcomes
  • See your practice from new perspectives
  • Engage learners via multiple teaching formats
  • Understand and manage classroom power dynamics
  • Model critical thinking for your students
  • Manage the complex rhythms of diverse classrooms

This fully revised second edition features a wealth of new material, including new chapters on critical reflection in the context of social media, teaching race and racism, leadership in a critically reflective key, and team teaching as critical reflection. In addition, all chapters have been thoroughly updated and expanded to align with today’s classrooms, whether online or face-to-face, in large lecture formats or small groups.

In his own personal voice Stephen Brookfield draws from over 45 years of experience to illustrate the clear benefits of critical reflection. Assumptions guide practice and only when we base our actions on accurate assumptions will we achieve the results we want. Educators with the courage to challenge their own assumptions in an effort to improve learning are the invaluable role models our students need. Becoming a Critically Reflective Teacher provides the foundational information and practical tools that help teachers reach their true potential. [from Publisher]

Brené Brown, Dare To Lead: Brave Work. Tough Conversations. Whole Hearts. Random House (2018).

Leadership is not about titles, status, and wielding power. A leader is anyone who takes responsibility for recognizing the potential in people and ideas, and has the courage to develop that potential.

When we dare to lead, we don’t pretend to have the right answers; we stay curious and ask the right questions. We don’t see power as finite and hoard it; we know that power becomes infinite when we share it with others. We don’t avoid difficult conversations and situations; we lean into vulnerability when it’s necessary to do good work.

But daring leadership in a culture defined by scarcity, fear, and uncertainty requires skill-building around traits that are deeply and uniquely human. The irony is that we’re choosing not to invest in developing the hearts and minds of leaders at the exact same time as we’re scrambling to figure out what we have to offer that machines and AI can’t do better and faster. What can we do better? Empathy, connection, and courage, to start.

Four-time #1 New York Times bestselling author Brené Brown has spent the past two decades studying the emotions and experiences that give meaning to our lives, and the past seven years working with transformative leaders and teams spanning the globe. She found that leaders in organizations ranging from small entrepreneurial startups and family-owned businesses to nonprofits, civic organizations, and Fortune 50 companies all ask the same question:

How do you cultivate braver, more daring leaders, and how do you embed the value of courage in your culture? [from Publisher]

Karen Catlin, Better Allies: Everyday Actions to Create Inclusive, Engaging Workplaces (2nd Ed). Karen Catlin Consulting (2019).

Are you looking to build a workplace culture with a certain buzz about it? Where employees are thriving and engagement survey scores are through the roof? Where people from different backgrounds, races, genders, sexual orientations and identities, ages, and abilities are hired and set up for success?

One secret to creating this kind of vibrant and supportive workplace is practicing active allyship. With the Better Allies® approach, it’s something anyone can do.

Since originally publishing Better Allies in 2019, Karen Catlin has amassed dozens of new scenarios and insights through her talks, workshops, and community interactions. In this fully revised second edition, you’ll learn to spot situations where you can create a more inclusive culture, along with straightforward steps to take and changes to make. Catlin, a highly-sought after expert on allyship, will walk you through:

  • Attracting and hiring a diverse workforce
  • Cultivating an environment where coworkers feel welcome, respected, and supported
  • Amplifying and advocating for others
  • Giving effective and equitable performance feedback
  • Using more inclusive language
  • Running inclusive conferences and events

Read this book to learn the Better Allies® approach, level-up your ally skills, and create a culture where everyone can do their best work and thrive. [from Publisher]

Shakil Choudhury, Deep Diversity: Overcoming Us vs. Them. Between the Lines (2016).

In Deep Diversity, award-winning racial justice educator Shakil Choudhury explores the emotionally loaded topic of racism using a compassionate, scientific approach that everyone can easily understand.

With clear language and engaging stories that will appeal to readers of Brené Brown and Malcom Gladwell, Choudhury explains how and why well-intentioned people can perpetuate systems of oppression, often unconsciously. Using a trauma-informed approach that removes shame or blame, he offers us the tools to recognize, take authentic responsibility, and enact deep change. In easy-to-absorb chapters, Choudhury interweaves research into the brain and studies on human behavior with hard-won lessons from his career of helping organizations and CEOs create more inclusive environments. He models vulnerability and mistake-making, sharing examples of his own bias-missteps so readers are encouraged into their own racial justice journey without judgment. [from the author]

Craig Davidson, Precious Cargo: My Year of Driving the Kids on School Bus 3077. Knopf Canada (2016).

With his last novel, Cataract City, Craig Davidson established himself as one of our most talented novelists. But before writing that novel and before his previous work, Rust and Bone, was made into a Golden Globe-nominated film, Davidson experienced a period of poverty, apparent failure and despair. In this new work of riveting and timely non-fiction, Davidson tells the unvarnished story of one transformative year in his life and of his unlikely relationships with a handful of unique and vibrant children who were, to his initial astonishment and bewilderment, and eventual delight, placed in his care for a couple of hours each day–the kids on school bus 3077.

One morning in 2008, desperate and impoverished while trying unsuccessfully to write, Davidson plucked a flyer out of his mailbox that read, “Bus Drivers Wanted.” That was the first step towards an unlikely new career: driving a school bus full of special-needs kids for a year. Armed only with a sense of humour akin to that of his charges, a creative approach to the challenge of driving a large, awkward vehicle while corralling a rowdy gang of kids, and unexpected reserves of empathy, Davidson takes us along for the ride. He shows us how his evolving relationship with the kids on that bus, each of them struggling physically as well as emotionally and socially, slowly but surely changed his life along with the lives of the “precious cargo” in his care. This is the extraordinary story of that year and those relationships. It is also a moving, important and universal story about how we see and treat people with special needs in our society. [from Publisher]

Robin DiAngelo, White Fragility. Why It’s So Hard for White People to Talk About Racism. Beacon Press (2018).

In this “vital, necessary, and beautiful book” (Michael Eric Dyson), antiracist educator Robin DiAngelo deftly illuminates the phenomenon of white fragility and “allows us to understand racism as a practice not restricted to ‘bad people’ (Claudia Rankine). Referring to the defensive moves that white people make when challenged racially, white fragility is characterized by emotions such as anger, fear, and guilt, and by behaviors including argumentation and silence. These behaviors, in turn, function to reinstate white racial equilibrium and prevent any meaningful cross-racial dialogue. In this in-depth exploration, DiAngelo examines how white fragility develops, how it protects racial inequality, and what we can do to engage more constructively. [from Publisher]

Jay Timothy Dolmage, Academic Ableism. University of Michigan Press (2017).

Academic Ableism brings together disability studies and institutional critique to recognize the ways that disability is composed in and by higher education, and rewrites the spaces, times, and economies of disability in higher education to place disability front and center. For too long, argues Jay Timothy Dolmage, disability has been constructed as the antithesis of higher education, often positioned as a distraction, a drain, a problem to be solved. The ethic of higher education encourages students and teachers alike to accentuate ability, valorize perfection, and stigmatize anything that hints at intellectual, mental, or physical weakness, even as we gesture toward the value of diversity and innovation. Examining everything from campus accommodation processes, to architecture, to popular films about college life, Dolmage argues that disability is central to higher education, and that building more inclusive schools allows better education for all. [from Publisher]

Virginia Eubanks, Automating Inequality: How High-Tech Tools Profile, Police, and Punish the Poor. St. Martin’s Press (2018).

The State of Indiana denies one million applications for healthcare, foodstamps and cash benefits in three years―because a new computer system interprets any mistake as “failure to cooperate.” In Los Angeles, an algorithm calculates the comparative vulnerability of tens of thousands of homeless people in order to prioritize them for an inadequate pool of housing resources. In Pittsburgh, a child welfare agency uses a statistical model to try to predict which children might be future victims of abuse or neglect.

Since the dawn of the digital age, decision-making in finance, employment, politics, health and human services has undergone revolutionary change. Today, automated systems―rather than humans―control which neighborhoods get policed, which families attain needed resources, and who is investigated for fraud. While we all live under this new regime of data, the most invasive and punitive systems are aimed at the poor.

In Automating Inequality, Virginia Eubanks systematically investigates the impacts of data mining, policy algorithms, and predictive risk models on poor and working-class people in America. The book is full of heart-wrenching and eye-opening stories, from a woman in Indiana whose benefits are literally cut off as she lays dying to a family in Pennsylvania in daily fear of losing their daughter because they fit a certain statistical profile.

The U.S. has always used its most cutting-edge science and technology to contain, investigate, discipline and punish the destitute. Like the county poorhouse and scientific charity before them, digital tracking and automated decision-making hide poverty from the middle-class public and give the nation the ethical distance it needs to make inhumane choices: which families get food and which starve, who has housing and who remains homeless, and which families are broken up by the state. In the process, they weaken democracy and betray our most cherished national values. [from Publisher]

Paulo Friere, Pedagogy of the Oppressed. Penguin (2017)

Ian Haney-López, Dog Whistle Politics: How Coded Racial Appeals Have Reinvented Racism and Wrecked the Middle Class. Oxford University Press (2014).

Therese Huston, How Women Decide: What’s True, What’s Not, and What Strategies Spark the Best Choices. Mariner Books (2017).

Tiffany Jana, Matthew Freeman, Overcoming Bias: Building Authentic Relationships across Differences. Berrett-Koehler Publishers (2016).

Tiffany Jana, Ashley Diaz Mejias, with forward by Jay Coen Gilbert, Erasing Institutional Bias: How to Create Systemic Change for Organizational Inclusion. Berrett-Koehler Publishers (2018).

Ibram X. Kendi, How to Be an Antiracist. Random House (2020).

Ibram X. Kendi, Stamped From the Beginning. Bold Type Books (2017).

Amy Lee, Robert Poch, Mary Katherine O’Brien, Catherine Solheim, Teaching Interculturally: A Framework for Integrating Disciplinary Knowledge and Intercultural Development. Stylus Publishing (2017).

George Lipsitz, The Possessive Investment of Whiteness: How People Profit from Identity Politics. Temple University Press (2018).

Jonathan Mooney, The Short Bus: A Journey Beyond Normal.  Holt Books (2004).

Verna A. Myers, What if I Say the Wrong Thing?: 25 Habits for Culturally Effective People. American Bar Association (2014).

Z Nicolazzo, Trans* in College: Transgender Students’ Strategies for Navigating Campus Life and the Institutional Politics of Inclusion. Stylus Publishing (2016).

Safiya Noble, Algorithms of Oppression: How Search Engines Reinforce Racism. NYU Press (2018).

Kimberly Jade Norwood, Color Matters: Skin Tone Bias and the Myth of a Postracial America. Routledge (2013).

Tema Okun, The Emperor Has No Clothes: Teaching About Race and Racism to People Who Don’t Want To Know. Information Age Publishing (2010).

Ijeoma Oluo, So You Want to Talk About Race. Seal Press (2019).

Ellen Pao, Reset: My Fight for Inclusion and Lasting Change. Spiegel & Grau (2017).

Scott E. Page, The Difference: How the Power of Diversity Creates Better Groups, Firms, Schools, and Societies. Princeton University Press (2008).

Vivian Gussin Paley, White Teacher. Harvard University Press, second edition (2000).

Ruby K. Payne, A Framework for Understanding Poverty. aha! Process (2018).

Heydon Pickering, Design Patterns: Coding Accessibility Into Web Design. Smashing Magazine GmbH (2016).

Martin Pistorious, Ghost Boy, Harper Collins (2013).

Kryss Shane, The Educator’s Guide to LGBT+ Inclusion. Jessica Kingsley Publishers (2020).

The rates of bullying, truancy due to lack of safety in schools, and subsequent suicidality for LGBT+ youth are exponentially higher than for non-LGBT+ youth. As a result, many American K-12 students are suffering needlessly and many school leaders are unsure of what to do. This book solves that problem. Setting out best practices and professional guidance for creating LGBT+ inclusive learning in schools, this approachable and easy to follow book guides teachers, educators, administrators, and school staff toward appropriate and proven ways to create safer learning environments, update school policies, enhance curricula, and better support LGBT+ youth as they learn.
Featuring real-life situations and scenarios, a glossary, and further resources, this book enables professionals in a variety of school roles to integrate foundational concepts into their everyday interactions with students, families, and staff to create an overall school culture that nurtures a welcoming, inclusive, and affirming environment for all. This book can be utilized by independent readers, department teams, and entire school district reading experiences.
This book also includes brand new, never before seen postcards from PostSecret as its foreword and its afterword is written by James Lecesne, co-founder of The Trevor Project. Also inside is the very first (and likely only ever) interview by the leaders of “Parents of Transgender Children,” the world’s largest support group of its kind.

Joseph Shapiro,

No Pity: People with Disabilities Forging a New Civil Rights Movement
. Broadway Books (2011).
“Nondisabled Americans do not understand disabled ones. This book attempts to explain, to nondisabled people as well as to many disabled ones, how the world and self-perceptions of disabled people are changing. It looks at the rise of what is called the disability rights movement—the new thinking by disabled people that there is no pity or tragedy in disability and that it is society’s myths, fears, and stereotypes that most make being disabled difficult.”—from the Introduction

Steve Silberman, NeuroTribes. Eureka Books (2015).
What is autism? A lifelong disability, or a naturally occurring form of cognitive difference akin to certain forms of genius? In truth, it is all of these things and more—and the future of our society depends on our understanding it. Wired reporter Steve Silberman unearths the secret history of autism, long suppressed by the same clinicians who became famous for discovering it, and finds surprising answers to the crucial question of why the number of diagnoses has soared in recent years.  Going back to the earliest days of autism research, Silberman offers a gripping narrative of Leo Kanner and Hans Asperger, the research pioneers who defined the scope of autism in profoundly different ways; he then goes on to explore the game-changing concept of neurodiversity. NeuroTribes considers the idea that neurological differences such as autism, dyslexia, and ADHD are not errors of nature or products of the toxic modern world, but the result of natural variations in the human genome. This groundbreaking bookwill reshape our understanding of the history, meaning, function, and implications of neurodiversity in our world. 

Claude M Steele, Whistling Vivaldi: How Stereotypes Affect Us and What We Can Do. W. W. Norton & Company (2011).
Claude M. Steele, who has been called “one of the few great social psychologists,” offers a vivid first-person account of the research that supports his groundbreaking conclusions on stereotypes and identity. He sheds new light on American social phenomena from racial and gender gaps in test scores to the belief in the superior athletic prowess of black men, and lays out a plan for mitigating these “stereotype threats” and reshaping American identities. 

Beverly Daniel Tatum, Why Are All the Black Kids Sitting Together in the Cafeteria? Basic Books (2017).
Beverly Daniel Tatum, a renowned authority on the psychology of racism, argues that straight talk about our racial identities is essential if we are serious about communicating across racial and ethnic divides and pursuing antiracism. These topics have only become more urgent as the national conversation about race is increasingly acrimonious. This fully revised edition is essential reading for anyone seeking to understand dynamics of race and racial inequality in America. 

Nicholas Teich, Transgender 101: A Simple Guide to a Complex Issue. Columbia (2012).
Written by a social worker, popular educator, and member of the transgender community, this well-rounded resource combines an accessible portrait of transgenderism with a rich history of transgender life and its unique experiences of discrimination. Chapters introduce transgenderism and its psychological, physical, and social processes. They describe the coming out process and its effect on family and friends, the relationship between sexual orientation, and gender and the differences between transsexualism and lesser-known types of transgenderism. The volume covers the characteristics of Gender Identity Disorder/Gender Dysphoria and the development of the transgender movement. Each chapter explains how transgender individuals handle their gender identity, how others view it within the context of non-transgender society, and how the transitioning of genders is made possible. Featuring men who become women, women who become men, and those who live in between and beyond traditional classifications, this book is written for students, professionals, friends, and family members. 

Thomas J. Tobin, Kirsten T. Behling, Reach Everyone, Teach Everyone: Universal Design for Learning in Higher Education. West Virginia University Press (2018).
Advocates for the rights of people with disabilities have worked hard to make universal design in the built environment “just part of what we do.” We no longer see curb cuts, for instance, as accommodations for people with disabilities, but perceive their usefulness every time we ride our bikes or push our strollers through crosswalks. 

This is also a perfect model for Universal Design for Learning (UDL), a framework grounded in the neuroscience of why, what, and how people learn. Tobin and Behling show that, although it is often associated with students with disabilities, UDL can be profitably broadened toward a larger ease-of-use and general diversity framework. Captioned instructional videos, for example, benefit learners with hearing impairments but also the student who worries about waking her young children at night or those studying on a noisy team bus. 

Reach Everyone, Teach Everyone is aimed at faculty members, faculty-service staff, disability support providers, student-service staff, campus leaders, and graduate students who want to strengthen the engagement, interaction, and performance of all college students. It includes resources for readers who want to become UDL experts and advocates: real-world case studies, active-learning techniques, UDL coaching skills, micro- and macro-level UDL-adoption guidance, and use-them-now resources. 

Joan C. Williams and Rachel Dempsey, What Works for Women at Work: Four Patterns Working Women Need to Know. NYU Press (2014).
What Works for Women at Work is a comprehensive and insightful guide for mastering office politics as a woman. Authored by Joan C. Williams, one of the nation’s most-cited experts on women and work, and her daughter, Rachel Dempsey, this unique book offers a multi-generational perspective into the realities of today’s workplace. Often women receive messages that they have only themselves to blame for failing to get ahead. What Works for Women at Work tells women it’s not their fault. 
 
Based on interviews with 127 successful working women, over half of them women of color, What Works for Women at Work presents a toolkit for getting ahead in today’s workplace. Distilling over thirty-five years of research, Williams and Dempsey offer four crisp patterns that affect working women. Each represents different challenges and requires different strategies—which is why women need to be savvier than men to survive and thrive in high-powered careers. 
 
Williams and Dempsey’s analysis of working women is nuanced and in-depth, going beyond the traditional one-size-fits-all approaches of most career guides for women. Throughout the book, they weave real-life anecdotes from the women they interviewed, along with advice on dealing with difficult situations such as sexual harassment. An essential resource for any working woman. 

Zachary R. Wood, Uncensored: My Life and Uncomfortable Conversations at the Intersection of Black and White America. Dutton (2018).

As the former president of the student group Uncomfortable Learning at his alma mater, Williams College, Zachary Wood knows from experience about intellectual controversy. At school and beyond, there’s no one Zach refuses to engage with simply because he disagrees with their beliefs–sometimes vehemently so–and this view has given him a unique platform in the media. 
 
But Zach has never shared the details of his own personal story. In Uncensored, he reveals for the first time how he grew up poor and black in Washington, DC, where the only way to survive was resisting the urge to write people off because of their backgrounds and perspectives. By sharing his troubled upbringing–from a difficult early childhood to the struggles of code-switching between his home and his elite private school–Zach makes a compelling argument for a new way of interacting with others and presents a new outlook on society’s most difficult conversations. 

Malala Yousafzai, I Am Malala. Little Brown Books (2016).
I Am Malala. This is my story. 

Malala Yousafzai was only ten years old when the Taliban took control of her region. They said music was a crime. They said women weren’t allowed to go to the market. They said girls couldn’t go to school. 
 
Raised in a once-peaceful area of Pakistan transformed by terrorism, Malala was taught to stand up for what she believes. So she fought for her right to be educated. And on October 9, 2012, she nearly lost her life for the cause: She was shot point-blank while riding the bus on her way home from school. 
 
No one expected her to survive. 
 
Now Malala is an international symbol of peaceful protest and the youngest ever Nobel Peace Prize winner. In this Young Readers Edition of her bestselling memoir, which has been reimagined specifically for a younger audience and includes exclusive photos and material, we hear firsthand the remarkable story of a girl who knew from a young age that she wanted to change the world—and did. 
 
Malala’s powerful story will open your eyes to another world and will make you believe in hope, truth, miracles and the possibility that one person—one young person—can inspire change in her community and beyond. 

 

The Center Project- Columbia, MO: https://thecenterproject.org/  

City of Refuge- Columbia, MO: https://cityofrefugecolumbia.org/   

Love Coffee- Columbia, MO: https://www.columbialovecoffee.org/  

Missouri Faith Voices- Columbia, MO: https://www.missourifaithvoices.org/columbiachapter  

NClusion Plus- Columbia, MO: https://www.nclusionplus.com/

Race Matters, friends- Columbia, MO: https://racemattersfriends.com/  

True North of Columbia: https://truenorthofcolumbia.org/  

Woodhaven- Columbia, MO: https://www.woodhaventeam.org/  

 

DEI Committee Goals

  1. To maintain a library of resources on diversity, equity, and inclusion.

  2. To expand college-wide cultural competency through frequent and ongoing professional development activities, such as “Safe Spaces” training, to promote a more welcoming environment for students, faculty, and staff.

  3. To provide opportunities for growth and engagement within our student body based on student input regarding diversity, equity, and inclusion.

  4. To evaluate the campus climate of each site through bi-annual diversity audits, focus groups, and climate surveys.

  5. To activate and engage the MACC community for action regarding diversity, equity, and inclusion.

  6. To support the addition of diversity-related topics in teaching and curriculum.

  7. To aid in the recruitment, retention, and support of a more diverse faculty and staff at MACC.

1981-82 National Championship Women's Basketball Team

Coach Dick Halterman
Coach John Cochran
Ball Boy – Troy Halterman
Eleanor Carr
Rochelle McKenzie
Brenna Kelly
Carmela McMullen
Tammy Harryman
Janet Thompson
Kim Cooley
Lisa Brown
Georgia Hinson
Kathy Schulz
Denise Derrieux
Margrett Bassett
Jackie Glosson
Marion Fitzsimmons
Manager – Debbie Brown
Manager – John Peveler

1980-1981 Women's Basketball Team

Coach Dick Halterman
Coach John Cochran 
Sandy Moore
Pat Seger Zeitlow
Lisa Linathcum Holt
Patty Rapp Thorne
Renne Skaggs Brown
Vickie Crigler
Elenaor Carr
Rochelle McKenzie
Sheri Sills Schneider
Sara Figg Gillilan
Manager Roxie Robinson
Manager Debbie Brown

1977-78 Women’s Team

Coach Joyce Campbell
Assistant Coach Steve Hunter
Mary Smiley Wohlford
Linda Connor Seidt
Robin Fitzsimmons Trammell
Janet Jackson
Debbie Stith Head
Kristie Richards Musick
Donna Farris David
Brenda Rucker
Neal Head, trainer
Cara Sue Bowden Cockerham, manager