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9th Annual Missouri State University Public Affairs Conference

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9th Annual Missouri State University Public Affairs Conference
Inclusive Excellence
April 9-12, 2013
Missouri State University
Free and open to the public

The 9th Annual Missouri State University Public Affairs Conference will explore the theme of Inclusive Excellence.  The 2012-2013 theme is rich with opportunities to engage the campus community in discussions that will help to clarify the complications we all face as we reach beyond borders.

In the discussion of Inclusive Excellence, what does “inclusive” mean?  Is it merely a synonym for “diversity”?  No, there is a broader meaning.  Inclusion implies more than the presence of ethnic and cultural diversity.  According to the American Association of Colleges and Universities, inclusion is “the active, intentional, and ongoing engagement with diversity—in the curriculum, in the co-curriculum, and in communities.”

As citizens of a global society, how do we practice Inclusive Excellence in education, in healthcare, business, in social and political interactions, in the arts, and in the sciences?  Are we focusing on inclusive engagement or merely on the presence of diversity? To what extent is inclusion important?  Necessary?  Desired?  Join us in a yearlong dialog as we discuss, debate, and explore the many aspects of Inclusive Excellence.

For more information, visit our website http://publicaffairs.missouristate.edu/conference/ or download the conference app (available in iOS and Android format).

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