Chancellor Thomas F. George initiated the Task Force on Diversity, September 2004. The task force is representative of the university community and co-chaired by Robert Bliss, Dean of the Honors College and Deborah Burris, Director and Chief Diversity Officer in the Office of Equal Opportuntiy and Diversity.


The task force focused on structural impediments; campus diversity and interactions (climate), which are inextricably connected. Materials, presentations, discussions and individual meetings were very useful in exploring/analyzing the issue. The approach is to have initial recommendations include short-term actions and broad recommendations as we continue to explore enhancing diversity at UMSL.