The Latest: Missouri appoints vice chancellor for inclusion
COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) The latest on the protests and turmoil over racially charged incidents at the University of Missouri (all times local):
The University of Missouri has named its first-ever interim vice chancellor for inclusion, diversity and equity.
University of Missouri Provost Garnett Stokes said Tuesday that Chuck Henson will fill the role. Henson is associate dean for academic affairs and trial practice at the School of Law.
His appointment comes a day after the University of Missouri System’s president and Columbia campus’ chancellor announced their resignations amid student anger over their handling of racial issues.
The university has said it also plans a review of all policies related to staff and student conduct and to provide more support to those subjected to discrimination. It also pledges to work toward employing a more diverse faculty and staff.
Task forces addressing inclusion will be required on all four of its campuses.
Members of the Missouri Legislative Black Caucus are scheduled to meet with University of Missouri protesters after the ouster of the university’s top two campus leaders.
State Rep. Brandon Ellington, a Democrat from Kansas City, says the caucus also plans to meet with university officials later Tuesday after they meet with the students on the Columbia campus. Ellington says he expects about a dozen of the 19 members of the Black Caucus to participate in the meetings.
Complaints about racism had been brewing for months at the flagship University of Missouri campus. Students took action, which led to the announcement Monday that the university system’s president and the campus chancellor would resign.
Some University of Missouri students say protests over the killing of 18-year-old Michael Brown last year in Ferguson inspired the push for reforms at their college.
Among them is Reuben Faloughi, a third-year doctoral student, who said Monday that his experience with activism after Brown’s shooting death by a police officer ”planted the seeds that students can challenge things.”
Complaints about racism had been brewing for months at the flagship University of Missouri campus in Columbia. Students took action, which led to the announcement Monday that the university system’s president and the campus chancellor would resign – as well as the promise of even more changes.
Mike Sickels, another doctoral student, also credited protests in Ferguson, a St. Louis suburb about a two-hour drive from Columbia, as inspiration.