Garnett Stokes, provost and executive vice chancellor for academic affairs at the University of Missouri, has announced the establishment of the Office for Civil Rights & Title IX. Readers will recall that earlier this year, massive protests by Black students at the University of Missouri, sparked student protests across the nation, which continue to this day.
The new office will centralize reports and investigations of discrimination on the basis of race, color, national origin, ancestry, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, age, genetic information, disability or veteran status at MU. Ellen Eardley, who is currently an assistant vice provost and Title IX administrator at the University of Missouri, will be the director of the new office.
“We are committed to creating an inclusive campus climate that celebrates diversity and is built upon respect for others,” Dr. Stokes said. “Consolidating reporting and investigation functions will allow us to better achieve those goals.”