Office of Diversity & Inclusion

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Belonging at Drury.
The Office of Diversity and Inclusion serves as a support for students, faculty and staff while advocating for diversity and inclusion on campus. At Drury, we define diversity as the differences that make people unique, including age, gender identity, ethnicity, sexual orientation, religious beliefs, dimensions of race, socio-economic status, physical abilities, political beliefs, and other ideologies. Inclusion is how we engage these differences to create a genuine community and expand opportunities for cultural knowledge.

Contact Us:

Rosalyn Thomas

Associate Dean of Diversity and Inclusion
Burnham Hall 107
Office: (417) 873-6827

Celebrating Pride Month

Not accepting others just because they are different than you is unacceptable.  Drury University is proud to stand by all LGBTQ members of the our campus and alumni communities, and recognize the many contributions you have made to Drury.

Celebrating Hispanic Latino Heritage Month

National Hispanic and Latino Heritage Month celebrates Hispanic and Latino American culture and the 18.5% of Americans who share this heritage. The celebration begins each year on September 15.

Black History Month

Carter G. Woodson believed that Blacks should know their past in order to participate intelligently in affairs in our country. He strongly believed that Black history is a firm foundation for young Black Americans to build in order to become productive citizens.

Native American Heritage Month

From Tuskahoma, Tishomingo, and Tahlequah: Drury’s Indian Territory Students.

Drury University a national finalist for “Legacies of American Slavery” grant

Drury University is one of 19 finalists for a prestigious national grant program led by the Council of Independent Colleges and Yale University that seeks to explore the history and impact of slavery in America.

TED Talk: The Danger of a Single Story

Our lives, our cultures, are composed of many overlapping stories. Novelist Chimamanda Adichie tells the story of how she found her authentic cultural voice -- and warns that if we hear only a single story about another person or country, we risk a critical misunderstanding.

Celebrating LGBTQ+ History Month

People who identify as LGBTQ+ have struggled with oppression for centuries. Read more about pronoun guides, term glossary, and view a timeline of LGBTQ history.