Multicultural Affairs


The MAC is constantly looking for ways to engage the Truman and Kirksville communities in its programming. Typically, MAC staff designs heritage month programs with individual faculty/departments. We strive to engage a variety of individuals over the diverse disciplines offered at Truman. Also, all MAC programs are open to the public. We take every effort to advertise in around the Kirksville community (Hy-Vee, public library, and local schools). The majority of our programs are free to ensure accessibility.

According to data supplied by the Truman State Information Technology Services Department, 14% of Truman students identified as domestic students of color. Specific breakdown by ethnic group is as follows:

African-Americans  251 (4.0%)
Asian-Americans  422 (6.8%)
Hispanic or Latino/a   151 (2.4%)
Native American   48 (.07%)

Yes, the Ronald E. McNair Program was established to address the lack of gender, racial, and income-level diversity among the professorate.  The program provides disadvantaged college students with effective preparation for doctoral studies.  It provides academic support and research opportunities for students underrepresented in graduate education that wish to pursue graduate, non-professional programs of study leading to doctoral (or equivalent) degrees.  Specifically, it supports income-eligible, first-generation college students and minority students that have been historically underrepresented in graduate education.
In addition to the McNair Program, Truman also offers The Next STEP Program which is an innovative, exciting program designed to enrich the undergraduate curriculum through meaningful student/faculty interactions.  The Next STEP works to increase the number of students who complete a baccalaureate degree in science, technology, engineering and mathematics disciplines and better prepare them for the future that lies ahead.
Yes, Truman State University is currently home to 3 Historically Black Greek-Lettered Organizations. At Truman we have: Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc., Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc., and Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Inc. All organizations are members of the National Pan-Hellenic Council (NPHC). For information on the membership process, please contact Laura Bates, NPHC Advisor, at or 660-785-4222.
There are numerous opportunities to get involved with students from similar backgrounds. A great way to connect to other students is to become involved with an organization related to your background and interests. Students can see a complete listing of organizations at the Center for Student Involvement’s website. However, organizations of interest include but are not limited to:  African Student Association, Association of Black Collegians, Hispanic American Leadership Organization (HALO), Illusion Danz Team, Minority Ambassadors Program (MAP), and Unique Ensemble Gospel Choir.
The beauty about being on a multicultural college campus is that students have abundant opportunities to immerse themselves in culturally diverse environments. However, having an environment with multiple racial and ethnic identities inevitably leads to conflict and difference. The MAC aims to provide an outlet for critical and courageous conversations to happen to ensure any racist incidents are addressed and unlearned. Issues that perpetuate discriminatory or oppressive actions are handled through the University’s policies and procedures. All reported incidents are handled according to University policies and procedures. Should a student encounter a racism or discrimination, they should reach out to the Department of Student Affairs and the Multicultural Affairs Center.

All professional MAC staff can be contacted via email at, the main office number at (660) 785-4142,  or the toll free at (800) 357-6960. You may also contact any member of the MAC staff.

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