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 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 […]
  • McCluer High School Student Wins Southeast Jack Buck Scholar-Leadership Award

    Destiny Davis, a McCluer High School student whose entrepreneurial spirit is helping rebuild Ferguson, Missouri, was named the recipient of the 14th annual Jack Buck Scholar-Leadership Award  by Southeast Missouri State University. The award was presented today at the Hilton Ballpark in St. Louis, Missouri. Dr. Carlos Vargas, president of Southeast, said the University is […]
  • Southeast Celebrating Diversity with International Week, Brazilian Carnaval, Latino Night

    CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo., April 15, 2016 – Southeast Missouri State University will celebrate its diversity and its more than 1,100 international students who enrich the fabric of  the campus with International Week, a Brazilian Carnaval and a Latino Night this month. The International Student Association (ISA) will host International Week April 17-23, offering opportunities to […]


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