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

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

  • 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 […]
  • NASA Astronaut, Olympic Gymnast, ‘Nightline’ Co-Anchor Headline 2016-2017 Southeast Speakers Series

    Southeast Missouri State University announces its 2016-2017 Speakers Series with another stellar lineup of leading individuals who will share their compelling stories and viewpoints with the campus and regional community. Speakers this year include: inspirational speaker and burn survivor John O’Leary; ABC’s “Nightline” Co-Anchor and “Step Out On Nothing” Author Byron Pitts; NPR Arts Correspondent […]
  • Southeast Student Soaking in Capitol Hill Experience

    WASHINGTON, D.C. — Southeast Missouri State University senior Wesley Cox of Ferguson, Missouri, says he plans to run for public office and someday aspires to be president of the United States. Cox is getting a taste of his future this summer as an intern in the Washington, D.C., office of U.S. Sen. Roy Blunt of […]
  • Southeast Students Awarded Missouri Legislative Black Caucus Foundation Scholarships

    CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo., May 4, 2016 — For the second consecutive year, two students at Southeast Missouri State University have been awarded scholarships through the Missouri Legislative Black Caucus Foundation. They are Keana Henderson, a Southeast senior pursuing a Bachelor of Science in exercise science from St. Louis, Missouri, and Renelle Theard, a Southeast graduate […]


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