Officials from the University of Missouri’s Division of Inclusion, Diversity and Equity selected Chuck Graham to receive 2016 Mizzou Inclusive Excellence Award for staff. The Mizzou Inclusive Excellence Awards are given to individuals or groups who have made exemplary contributions to any area of diversity within the past two years, including but not limited to issues of gender, racial-ethnic background, language, religious belief, sexual orientation, abilities and disabilities, national and geographical origin, and economic strata. Chuck Graham is the associate director of the Great Plains ADA Center at MU, which provides information and training on the Americans with Disabilities Act. Graham currently serves as the chair of the Columbia Disabilities Commission and is on the board of directors of the Missouri Inclusive Housing Commission. He also is an adjunct faculty member in the MU College of Human and Environmental Sciences. Graham served as the assistant minority floor leader in the Missouri Senate. Also, he founded the Mizzou wheelchair basketball program and passed the bonding bill to provide the bulk of the finances for the Mizzou Arena during his time as the appropriations chair for education in the Missouri House of Representatives
Diversity and inclusion are not just about demographics. Inclusion is crucial to carry out the university’s mission of providing all Missourians with a world-class research university through better teaching, research, public service and economic development. Excellence in inclusion can be seen through individual support of community members and influence in systemic changes that benefit our campus as a whole. It is reflected in the classroom through curriculum, research and intellectual discussion as well as campus climate, recruitment and retention of students, faculty and staff.
Photo: Chuck Graham, Associate Director of the Great Plains ADA Center with Chancellor, Hank Foley and Vice Chancellor of Inclusion and Diversity, Chuck Henson.