Missouri State University

Juan Meraz
Missouri State University

An online petition to “Keep Juan Meraz” as Missouri State University’s assistant vice president of Multicultural Services had over 1,130 signatures as of late Tuesday afternoon.

Student Protests at MSU
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Missouri State University officials are again facing calls from a group of students to improve the school’s diversity and inclusion efforts, this time by removing assistant vice president of Multicultural Services Juan Meraz.

The group Springfield Coalition for Minority Advancement Monday morning issued a petition to university administrators calling for the immediate removal of Meraz. The petition was signed by just under 100 students and community members.

Missouri State University

Missouri State University is recognizing the accomplishments of its eighth president, Dr. John Keiser, who died this week at the age of 79.

Keiser served then Southwest Missouri State University from 1993 until 2005, when its name was changed to Missouri State University.

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Missouri State University President Clif Smart says he’s concerned over legislation to lift the current ban on the carrying of concealed firearms at the state’s colleges and universities.

Speaking to KSMU during its monthly program Engaging the Community, Smart says the bills that were pre-filed ahead of the legislation session could pose more harm than good.

“We just think the danger of accidental shootings and suicides and shootings in anger way overcome the possibility that a student having a gun on campus might be able to thwart a terrorist attack,” he said.  

Wes Pratt
Missouri State University

Missouri State University has made new appointments to its diversity team less than a week after Dr. Ken Coopwood announced his resignation as vice president of Diversity and Inclusion.

The school said Friday that H. Wes Pratt will become assistant to the president/chief diversity officer and Dr. O. Gilbert Brown will assume the role of associate provost for diversity. Both appointments are pending approval by the Board of Governors.

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