Education news and issues in the Ozarks.

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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.

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
Han Zhao / KSMU

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.

Submitted photo / Drury University

 Speaking before hundreds Thursday in Springfield, the Rev. Darren Faulkner said that in order to understand our nation’s vast cultural diversity society needs to overcome many barriers.

“And to truly understand one another, we have to overcome our fears, overcome our stereotypes, overcome our generalizations; we have to overcome these things that sometimes put up a wall between us getting to know someone for who they are.” Faulkner said.

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.