Nate Quinn, Springfield Public Schools Cultural Diversity Coordinator

February 16, 2011

Dr. Nate Quinn
Coordinator of Cultural Diversity
and Expanded Learning Opportunities
Telephone: (417) 523-0064
Fax: (417) 523-0099

Nate Quinne, Cultural Diversity Coordinator

Nate Quinne, Cultural Diversity Coordinator

COORDINATOR OF CULTURAL DIVERSITY Hired: August 1983 Base pay: $89,395 Auto allowance: $2,400 Annual stipend: $12,212 Extra duties: Coordinator of summer school, extended learning program and records department.

The Office of Cultural Diversity is committed to building a school district community in which all areas of cultural diversity are valued. Diversity enriches educational experiences by affording opportunities to challenge stereotypes and misconceptions that are often the foundation for insensitivity, misunderstanding, and conflict.

The Office of Cultural Diversity is committed to increasing knowledge and awareness of cultural differences, as well as eliminating bigotry, both overt and subtle.

Each student within the district is treated with respect, and supports are in place to ensure success for all children.

African American Heritage Month 2006 Springfield, Missouri

December 22, 2008

African American Heritage Month (Celebrating Community Valuing Diversity) in 2006 in Springfield, Missouri was sponsored by the African American Heritage Committee, African American Studies Committee, Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc., Art and Design Gallery, Association sof Black Collegians, Gospel Choir, Juanita K. Hammons Hall for the Performing Arts, Meyer Library, Multicultural Resource Center (MRC), Music Department, Office of Multicultural Student Services, Phi ALpha Theta Proessional Honor Society, Poet, Staff Senate Public Affairs Committee, Student Activities Council, Truth Lode #151 – Prince Hall and Women’s History Month Committee.

Additional information may be found by accessing the Multicultural Actrivities link at  If you need special accomodations due to a disability, contact the Office of Multicultural Student Servcies (Carrington Hall 302) three days in advance of the event.

Mamie Hughes – Champion Of Kansas City

December 22, 2008

She’s a true champion of the community by Steve Penn of the Kansas City Star (Saturday August 19, 2006)   

She fought for those displaced by construction of Bruce R. Watkins Drive. She helped stabilize the historic 18th and Vine Jazz District at a critical juncture. Indeed, Mamie Hughes has worked in many roles to make Kansas City a better place to live. That’s why I was glad to be on hand when she was honored by the Midwest Center for Holocaust Education as the center’s 2006 Community Champion. The reception held recently at the opening of the exhibit “Nazi Olympics: Berlin 1936.” From 1986 to 2001, Hughes served as ombudsman for the Bruce Watkins free way project. She’s been a Jackson County legislator as well as a founding member of the Central Exchange. Hughes currently serves as president of the board of directors of the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum. And she serves on the board of governors for the Midwest Center  for Holocaust Education. In her typically modest fashion, Hughes deflected attention from her and onto the exhibit, which remains open until Dec. 9. “It really is a great honor, and I’m humbled,” Hughes said. “I wake up every morning hoping there’s another day’s worth work waiting on me.  I see this exhibit as a wonderful opportunity to continue this education for the young, the old and all the diversity that we talk about.”

Lucille Bluford, Obituary of Kansas City Heroine

September 2, 2008

Lucille Bluford At Work at the Kansas City Call
Lucille Bluford blazed trail in civil rights
Former editor of newspaper dead at 91.

From staff and wire reports
Published Sunday, June 15, 2003
A prominent black editor and publisher who sued the University of Missouri-Columbia for the right to attend journalism courses died Friday.

Lucile Bluford, longtime editor and publisher of The Call newspaper in Kansas City, was 91.
Bluford, who suffered a stroke five years ago, had been hospitalized for several days with an infection before she died, the Associated Press reported. Read more

Court Upholds Exclusion of Lucille Bluford from University of Missouri on Ground of Segregation

September 2, 2008

Lucille Bluford Attempted to Enter University of Missouri School of Journalism
Article regarding Lucille Bluford’s attempt to enter the University of Missouri’s School of Journalism:
New York Herald Tribune
New York Times
July 9, 1941

Court Upholds Missouri Exclusion of Negro From University on Ground of Segregation

The Missouri Supreme Court today affirmed a lower court decision denying to Lucille Bluford, editor of a Kansas City Negro newspaper, entrance to the University of Missouri School of Journalism.

The court said that the State, by law, had ordered equal facilities for negroes at Lincoln University and that Miss Bluford would be entitled to enter the school at Columbia only if Lincoln was unable to provide the course she sought.

“It is the duty of this court to maintain Missouri’s policy of segregation so long as it does not come in conflict with the Federal Constitution,” the court said in an unanimous opinion by Judge Albert W. Clark.

Miss Bluford’s failure to demand that Lincoln University furnish her graduate work in journalism before she attempted to enter the University of Missouri caused the court to uphold a decision of Boone County Circuit Court denying her entrance.

Miss Bluford, 30, managing editor of the Kansas City Call, tried to enter the university graduate school of journalism in January and September, 1939.

S.W. Canada, registrar, denied entrance to her because she was a Negro, and she sued for a writ of mandamus to compel him to enroll her.

UMKC African American History and Culture House

August 18, 2008

UMKC African American History and Culture House

African American History
& Culture House University of Missouri – Kansas City

Fast Fact: Supports incoming freshmen and encourages academic achievement for all.

Headquarters for African American Student Union

This inviting home, at 5245 Rockhill Road, is UMKC’s center for African American intellectual life and leisure. Students welcome those seeking to learn more about people of African descent. Through programs, films, displays and activities, the AAHCH offers the UMKC community much food for thought.

The Mission of the African American History and Culture House

The mission of the African American History and Culture House (AAHCH) is to enhance and enrich the general understanding of and participation in African American intellectual culture. The AAHCH’s primary population is the African American student body. All AAHCH activities and programs however, can serve to fulfill the intellectual needs of anyone seeking to know more about the cultural heritage and contributions of people of African descent.

The AAHCH’s mission is an expression of the University of Missouri- Kansas City goal of promoting and celebrating cultural diversity on campus. The presence of intellectual cultural activities both in and out of the classroom is consistent with and central to the University’s broader mission. The AAHCH mission also facilitates the University’s overall efforts to attract, recruit and retain African American students by providing a supportive environment for the fostering of personal and intellectual growth. The AAHCH as a support system for African American students, offers both intellectual and leisure time activities.

The African American History and Culture House is a place for study and the preparation of academic work during normal center hours. A library containing a collection of books, newspapers, college catalogues, journals and video tapes are important sources which aid in African American student retention. The availability of computers for use in completing academic assignments help promote student academic success.

An essential impetus for intellectual activity (seminars/workshops) revolves around an AAHCH cooperative venture with the University’s College of Arts and Sciences African American faculty members in the disciplines of Black Studies, African American History, and Linguistics.

The center Assistant Director is primarily responsible for scheduling faculty and guest lecturers with both the AAHCH and the College of Arts and Sciences. Seminars and presentations on a variety of stimulating topics are implemented on a bi-weekly basis. Programmatic efforts provide a supportive environment which in turn assists students in developing the necessary coping skills and the intellectual fortitude needed for improved academic performance in the classroom.

In an effort to meet its mission, the AAHCH has developed linkages with academic and nonacademic units of the University, thus performing an integrative role in the intellectual life of the University. In addition, the AAHCH Director and Asst. Director plans and implements university-wide activities and events in commemoration of the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday and to celebrate African American History Month. An African American Culture week is implemented annually and designed to expose the University and Kansas City community to the intellectual and overall contributions of African Americans to American society and history.

Goals and Objectives of the UMKC African American History and Culture House

The purpose of the African American History and Culture House is to enhance, enrich and engender among students, faculty, staff and the broader community, a general understanding and appreciation of the contributions that African and African American people have made and are making to world civilization. The primary objectives of the AAHCH are:

1. To provide the University of Missouri-Kansas City community with cultural and intellectual activities and events that are unique to the African American experience

2. To provide an educational, social and cultural support system for African American undergraduate and graduate students, faculty and staff

3.To contribute to the overall diversity of the campus and community environments

4.To coordinate selected intellectual activities for AAHCH implementation with the College Of Arts and Sciences African American Studies Program representatives

5.To serve as an indirect support resource for the recruitment and retention of African American undergraduate students

The AAHCH will present selected programs that provide educational awareness and information that relate to the African American experience. The AAHCH also serves as a resource for student organizations and the university community. The AAHCH contributes to the University of Missouri-Kansas City mission by providing services and programs that enhance the academic, social and cultural environment.

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