Missouri Higher Education Equity Project

The Missouri Department of Higher Education & Workforce Development will host the Equity in Missouri Higher Education Summit on Wednesday, Oct. 30, 2019. The Summit will feature the release of a report on the state of equity in Missouri higher education, presentations and breakout sessions related to equity in student access and progress.


See the full Summit agenda here.


2019 Equity in Missouri Higher Education Report


Registration Opens: 8:00 a.m.


Continental Breakfast: 8:15 - 9:15 a.m.


Speakers: 9:30 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.

  • Zora Mulligan, Commissioner of Higher Education
  • Wil Del Pilar, Ph.D., Vice President of Higher Education Policy, Education Trust
  • Angelette Prichett, Director of Academic Affairs, Missouri Department of Higher Education & Workforce Development
  • Erik Anderson, Director of Innovation and Performance, Missouri Department of Higher Education & Workforce Development


Breakout Sessions 11:15 a.m. - 12:05 p.m.


    • Nancy Wiley, Federal Grant Manager, MOSTART Program, State Technical College of Missouri
    • Shelle Jacobs, Reentry Coordinator, Missouri Department of Corrections
  • Paving the Way to Rural Postsecondary Access & Success
    • Lisa MacDougall, Principal, Philanthropy & Social Impact, BDT & Company
    • Rebecca Merlenbach, College Access Advisor, The Ayers Foundation, Union High School
    • Tracy McGrady, Provost/Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs, Ozarks Technical Community College
    • Jerron Johnson, Director, Missouri College Advising Corps
    • Emily Davis, Student, University of Missouri


Results from the Oct. 29 hack-a-thon sessions will be reported during lunch on Oct. 30 from 12:15 - 1:45 p.m.


Breakout Sessions 2:00 - 2:50 p.m.



There is no cost to attend the Equity in Missouri Higher Education Summit, however advance registration is required to secure your spot. Hotel rooms at the special conference rate are available for the night of Tuesday, Oct. 29 when booked through this link: Summit Hotel Reservation.


Pre-conference event

A pre-conference hack-a-thon and networking dinner will be held Oct. 29. This pre-conference event will feature speaker Lasana Hotep, inaugural Dean of Student Equity and founding Executive Director of the Equity Institute at Skyline College in San Bruno, California. To receive an invitation to this event, please contact Sarah Salmons at sarah.salmons@dhewd.mo.gov.


Please contact Alicia Erickson at alicia.erickson@dhewd.mo.gov if you require special accommodations during the hack-a-thon or summt.