Missouri State University

Springfield Coalition for Minority Advancement
Scott Harvey / KSMU

Weeks after a student group first publically called for the dismissal of Juan Meraz and following the recent conclusion of a review into his behavior, the diversity official at Missouri State University is apologizing for his actions.

Specifically, the assistant vice president of Multicultural Services says he is sorry for the language and tone used during a recorded discussion with a student, according to a university statement.


The Higher Learning Commission (HLC) has granted Missouri State University full accreditation for the next ten years.

The HLC team had reviewed the school’s assurance argument and evidence file over the past four years prior to conducting an evaluation visit last October. While on campus, commission officials met with students, faculty, and staff.

Clif Smart
Missouri State University

Missouri State University’s amended non-discrimination policy puts into writing current practices and clarifies any confusion with regards to existing law.

Missouri State University

Missouri State University stakeholders came together Thursday to discuss how the school can move forward and actively represent the whole of its public affairs mission; including cultural competency. The meeting was spearheaded by Dr. Lori Patton Davis, a professor at Indiana University-Purdue and expert in creating campus diversity initiatives, who was enlisted to help the university plan their changes.

Scott Harvey / KSMU

Saying he’s violated his professional responsibilities, three students behind the push to have Juan Meraz removed as assistant vice president of Multicultural Services reiterated their stance Tuesday.

Members of the group Springfield Coalition for Minority Advancement (SCMA) offered more details on why it issued a petition calling for Meraz’s dismissal and leaked audio that allegedly includes discriminatory remarks from the assistant vice president.