President Vargas

Why Diversity Matters to Southeast Missouri State University

"My experience as an international student, my work experience at a minority-serving institution, and, of course, my upbringing, have been valuable parts of my life that shaped my appreciation of, and support for, diversity. I believe that today’s students, more than ever before, need to be able to function effectively in a society that includes people from groups with distinct characteristics. Diversity, in all its manifestations, enriches students’ educational experience, enhances their personal lives, and prepares them for successful careers in the domestic and global economy."

--President Vargas

Mandalit del Barco Speaking Oct. 10

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Mandalit del Barco, arts correspondent based at NPR West, is scheduled to speak Oct. 10 at Southeast Missouri State University as part of the 2016-2017 Speakers Series and as a highlight of Hispanic Heritage Month.

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Diversity Matters

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Natalie Sandoval, a professor in the Social Work Department sat down with me back in February before copresiding over a Diversity Peer Educators meeting, to have a candid conversation about Diversity. This is Natalie's first year as a full time faculty member in the College of Health and Human Services, although if you are taking her Social Work Intervention course, you wouldn't know it...

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Dr. Debra Lee-Distefano, Explores the Asian Influence on the American Experience

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With an ever changing population in the Americas, being from another culture or part of the world can be hard — from the language barriers to everyday life processes. However, the Americas have begun to change as well...

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“When you tie in the fact that we, as a university, are very serious about making an effort to diversify our campus and not just with students, but with our faculty and staff, and [to] have someone in my position who is particularly interested in connecting with the Hispanic community, it can be a very successful combination.”-Dr. Carlos Vargas

Read the full article. Story by En Contacto and Vanessa Garcia, Assistant Director, Hispanic Chamber of Commerce of Metropolitan St. Louis.

Diversity News

  • NPR West Correspondent Speaking Oct. 10 at Southeast in Celebration of National Hispanic Heritage Month

    Mandalit del Barco, arts correspondent at NPR West, is scheduled to speak Oct. 10 at Southeast Missouri State University as part of the 2016-2017 Speakers Series and as a highlight of National Hispanic Heritage Month celebrated annually Sept. 15-Oct. 15. The presentation is scheduled for 6 p.m. in the University Center Ballroom and is free […]
  • Southeast Enrollment Remains Strong with Increase in Freshman Class

    With a 9.1 percent increase in the beginning freshman class, Southeast Missouri State University’s enrollment for fall 2016 remains strong. In addition, first-time degree seeking freshman retention increased to 74 percent. “We are very pleased that our target audience responded so positively to our new brand and messaging, as well as our advertising campaign highlighting […]
  • Southeast Celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month

    Southeast Missouri State University is celebrating National Hispanic Heritage Month through Oct. 15 with a range of campus-wide and community events. “Hispanic Heritage Month is not just a date on the calendar, it should be a time for us as a community to celebrate the people, histories and the cultures of Latin America. This is […]
  • Southeast Hits Retention Rate High, Freshman Class Swells

    With the highest retention rate in school history and a flourishing beginning freshman class, Southeast Missouri State University begins the fall 2016 semester in robust fashion.   Apply to be a Redhawk   Total enrollment stands at 11,536 today, a 1.1 percent increase from this time last year. Preliminary figures indicate Southeast will have its […]


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