Maintaining a culturally diverse student and faculty population is a large concern for many colleges across the nation. The University of Missouri’s Diversity Office recently unveiled a campaign to encourage people to report charges of bias. But how successful are current efforts to promote diversity, here and across the nation?
Noor Azizan-Gardner, interim chief diversity officer for MU
Noel English, director of the MU Equity Office
Eric Woods, MU Student Body President
Karen Aroesti, regional director, Missouri/Southern Illinois office of the Anti-Defamation League (joining the program by phone)
Three real-estate insiders share their outlook and insights about how economic forces have shaped our region’s real estate market. They explain what the trends mean for our community -- and for you as a buyer or seller. They also answer questions from callers, including whether now is a good time to sell farmland and rental properties and why it's difficult these days to find a good single-family house for rent.
Bob Lawler, certified residential appraiser, RH Lawler Appraisals
Tom Schauwecker, Boone County assessor
Betty Tice, president, Columbia Board of Realtors
In the early 1950s, cancerous cells were taken from a tumor that killed a young black woman and became the first human cells to be successfully kept alive and replicated outside the human body. That cell line, known as HeLa, went on to become one of the most important ingredients in medical research, leading to several important breakthroughs -- and generating large profits for biomedical companies. But the woman and her descendants had no idea any of this was happening.
The details of this true story are chronicled in this year's One Read book, "The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks." Our discussion focuses on the medical issues raised in the story, in particular how race, medicine, civil rights history and bioethics all come together in the book and in our world today.For more information about this year's One Read events, click here.
Doyne McKenzie, collections manager, Daniel Boone Regional Library
Traci Wilson-Kleekamp, director of diversity and outreach initiatives, MU School of Medicine