Purpose Statement

Our Statement of Purpose

The purpose of the Office of Equity & Inclusion is to foster a cohesive campus community through programming focused on racial wellness, equity, and inclusion. The Office of Equity & Inclusion serves historically underrepresented students leading collaborative efforts to bridge student concerns with university initiatives and resources.

Our History

The Minority & International Student Office (MISO), recognized today as, the Office of Equity & Inclusion, was founded in 1992 by Greg Dowell and Bruce Traeger, former Dean and Associate Vice President of Student Development.

Dowell and Traeger established this office in response to student requests for an office that would; facilitate the specific needs of minority and international students and plan programs of equity and inclusion for Liberty’s student body.

MISO had humble beginnings with the organization of a peer-mentoring program responsible for hosting Black History events and planning an annual international food festival.

MISO underwent a major reorganization in April 2004 with the inception of the C. Daniel Kim International Student Center (ISC). This center was established to specifically meet the needs of the international student population and this initiative opened the door for the restructuring of MISO.

MISO was renamed the Office of Equity & Inclusion to better reflect and affirm our purpose statement of promoting unity and celebrating cultural diversity.

Liberty University is committed to supporting equity and inclusion on campus. Many enhancements have been made to the Office of Equity & Inclusion including additional professional staff, graduate assistantships, and increased office space.

The Office of Equity & Inclusion is growing and we are always looking for ways to increase diversity and unity among the student population at Liberty.

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