diversity & inclusion

Motivational speaker Mark Grantham to discuss disability inclusion April 28

SPRINGFIELD, Mo., April 20, 2016 — The President’s Council on Inclusion hosts motivational speaker Mark Grantham at 11 a.m., Thursday, April 28, in Drury’s Diversity Center at the corner of Bob Barker Boulevard and Washington Avenue. In 2006, at age 24, Grantham was in a debilitating accident and became a quadriplegic. He discovered that his ability to move forward and the life lessons he learned made him uniquely positioned to inspire others.

“I desire to push people beyond what they believe are their limits,” says Grantham.


The event is open to the public. Grantham is a graduate of Evangel University, is self-employed, and currently the vice president of the board of directors for the Southwest Center for Independent Living and serves on the Patient Advisory Council for the CoxHealth System.

His speech will encourage students with disabilities to find their voice to advocate, educate about their disability, and look to their future. Grantham will speak to everyone about the importance of inclusiveness and understanding.


Media Contact: Ed Derr, Director of Counseling & Disability Services: (417) 873-7457 or ederr@drury.edu.


Alumnus & musician to give talk, host performance March 31

SPRINGFIELD, Mo., March 23, 2016 — Springfield musician and Drury alumnus Arthur Duncan will give a presentation and host a musical performance at 7 p.m., Thursday, March 31 at the Drury Diversity Center. The Center is located on Drury Lane, just north of Bob Barker Boulevard. The event is free and open to the public.

Duncan attended Drury in the 1970s and studied music. In the decades since, he has led numerous jazz, gospel and R&B groups in Springfield. He is also the minister of music at Higher Ground Ministries under Pastor Larry Maddox.

Duncan, a pianist and songwriter, will talk about his experience as a student at Drury in the 1970s and will lead his jazz trio in a performance of various styles of music from his repertoire. He will also discuss music and the creative process as part of his presentation, including how he writes songs.

The President’s Council on Inclusion is sponsoring the event.


Media Contact: Rosalyn Thomas, Diversity Support Service Coordinator: (417) 873-6827 or rthomas005@drury.edu.

Meador series guest lecture to focus on race, inequality and politics

SPRINGFIELD, Mo., Feb. 29, 2016 — Drury University’s L.E. Meador Center for Politics & Citizenship continues its inaugural speaker series with a lecture at 6 p.m. Thursday by Dr. Rodney Hero, immediate past president of the American Political Science Association. The event will be held at Lay Hall Auditorium and is open to the public.

Hero is the first Latino to hold the top position with the APSA, and his research and teaching focus on American democracy as viewed through the lenses of racial and ethnic politics. In his 35-year career, Hero has taught at Notre Dame and the University of Colorado at Boulder and is now the Haas Chair in Diversity and Democracy at the University of California at Berkeley.

Hero’s lecture, titled “Race, Ethnicity and (In)Equality in American Politics” is part of the Meador Center speaker series “Created Equal: Rights, Liberties, and Citizenship.” The Meador Center was established in the fall of 2015 as a nexus for student pursuits, faculty scholarship, and thought-provoking community programming and events.

“The issues of race, ethnicity, and inequality are always of vital importance in politics, and they are magnified in an election year,” said Dr. Dan Ponder, L.E. Meador Chair of Political Science at Drury. “Professor Hero is the leading expert on these issues, and with Super Tuesday just two days before his lecture, his insights are particularly timely.”

In conjunction with Hero’s visit, a roundtable discussion on the topic “Race & Ethnicity on Campus” will be held at 11 a.m. Friday, March 4 at the Drury Diversity Center; it is also open to the public. Besides Hero, other roundtable participants will include: Lawrence Anderson, manager of diversity and inclusion for Springfield Public Schools; Hadeil Ali, Drury political science major; Professor Greg Booker, chair of the Inclusion Council at Drury; Lyle Foster, owner of Big Momma’s Café; Yolanda Lorge, president of Grupo Latinoamericano; Abram McGull, assistant United States attorney; and Wes Pratt, assistant to the president at Missouri State University.

About the L.E. Meador Center for Politics & Citizenship

Dr. Lewis Elbern (L.E.) Meador taught political science at Drury College for nearly 50 years beginning in 1913 and was a revered civic leader who played key roles in shaping the Missouri Constitution and Springfield City Charter. Inspiration for the center’s mission comes from the words of Meador himself, who felt his students “should take a constructive and active part in trying to bring about a more democratic and more hopeful world in which future generations can live.” The Center carries out that mission through financial support of student scholarship and an annual speaker series addressing a range of pressing political and civic issues.


Media Contact: Dr. Dan Ponder, L.E. Meador Chair of Political Science: (417) 873-7394 or deponder@drury.edu.

Inclusion on the court: Wheelchair basketball tournament Feb. 27

SPRINGFIELD, Mo., Feb. 25, 2016 — Drury University’s Office of Counseling and Disability Support Services and the Kappa Alpha Order fraternity are co-sponsoring a 3-on-3 wheelchair basketball tournament at 10 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 27 at Weiser Gym. The event is free and open to the public.

Proceeds from the event will benefit local children with muscular dystrophy who wish to attend Muscular Dystrophy Association summer camp at the Lake of the Ozarks in May.

Eight teams consisting of students, faculty and staff are slated to go head-to-head throughout the day. The tournament will last until about 12:30 p.m. and will be followed by a barbecue for all participants.

“We want to have fun on the court and raise money for the MDA camp, but we also want to demonstrate that Drury is committed to and supportive of people of all abilities,” said Ed Derr, director of counseling, testing and disability services. “Our Drury students who use wheelchairs are excited about this, and are helping organize the event.”


Media Contact: Ed Derr, Director of Counseling & Disability Support Services: (417) 873-7457 or ederr@drury.edu.