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(West Plains) – Missouri State University-West Plains will participate in Missouri State University’s 2013 Public Affairs Conference, “Inclusive Excellence,” April 10-12 by offering area residents the opportunity to hear conference speakers via interactive television (ITV).

This year’s conference, the ninth hosted by the university, will focus on what inclusive excellence means and how it is accomplished, according to Dr. Gilbert Brown, associate professor of counseling leadership and special education and the 2012-2013 provost fellow for public affairs.

The five plenary addresses that will be provided via ITV to West Plains include:

  • “Network of Inclusion and the Politics of Choice” from 12-1 PM April 10 in Lybyer Technology Center Room 202. The address discusses social networking and what factors lead to inclusion, and is officiated by Charlton McIlwain, associate professor of media, culture and communications at New York University.
  • “Beating the Odds: Creating a Climate of Success for All Students in STEM” by Freeman Hrabowski, president of the University of Maryland-Baltimore, from 7-8 PM April 10 in Lybyer Technology Center Room 202. The address discusses the rapid and dramatic demographic and technological changes present our nation’s universities, and how schools can create a culture of inclusive excellence and a climate of success.
  • “Dumb Things Well-Intended People Say: Skills to Increase Your Inclusive Excellence” by Maura Cullen, nationally renowned diversity trainer and speaker with the Social Justice Training Institute, from 12-1 PM April 11 in Lybyer Technology Center Room 202.
  • “Partnerships Supporting College Preparation and Success” by Edward St. John, professor in the Department of Educational Leadership and Policy at the University of Michigan, from 7-8 PM April 11 in Lybyer Technology Center Room 202. The address will cover the barriers to college preparation for students in urban and rural high schools.
  • “Remember, They Are Always Watching” by Dennis Reigle, special projects business adviser with the American Institute of CPAs, from 12-1 PM April 12 in Lybyer Technology Center Room 202. This covers cultural and social norms and how they affect behavior.

All local presentations are free and open to the public.

For more information about the local presentations of plenary addresses, call the U/CP Department office at 471-255-7966.

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