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"Inclusive Excellence Boone County intentionally fosters equity, diversity and inclusion by creating educational experiences, raising awareness and providing training and strategies to bring together a community committed to inclusive excellence."

Inclusice Excellence Boone County was created to be a catalyst for positive change, and since our beginnings in 2017, we’ve been driven by the same ideas we were initially founded on: bringing people together for collaboration, addressing implicit biases, and facilitating change in our community.

Journey Toward Inclusive Excellence

This initiative is directed at everyone in the community. The mission: develop a self-awareness of our biases and the roles they play both personally and professionally; learn how to create a community where all feel valued and can thrive; recognize privilege and oppression and their impact on our community; and commit to impacting the systems which oppress others personally and professionally.


Inclusive Excellence for Business

This initiative leads an 8 month program directed at local organizations and businesses to encourage constructing an inclusive environment, and adopting the cohesive, coherent, an collaborative integration of diversity, inclusion, and equity into the organizational structure. This initiative is co-lead by the MU-Division of Inclusion, Diversity & Equity. This is open to every business owner in the county.

INCLUSIVE EXCELLENCE COMMITTEE MEMBERS

formally known as Matters of Social Justice Committee

The committee formed following a presentation focusing on implicit bias observed in expulsion rated in early child care centers. Attendants requested a follow-up event centered around local data and strategies to address implicit bias in our community. The committee's goal: facilitate change through collaboration. 


Coming together from a wide variety of backgrounds and experiences, our skilled team of professionals is the backbone of Inclusive Excellence Boone County Their ideas help shape the direction and mission of our organization as it continues to develop.

Read on to learn more about some of our incredible team members. 

VERNA LABOY

Boone County Department of Health and Human Services

KELLY WALLIS

Boone County Community Services Department

NIKKI MCGRUDER

Inclusive Impact Institute

LAUREN WILLIAMS

Daniel Boone Regional Library

STACYE SMITH

Shelter Insurance

CARLA LONDON

Columbia Public Schools

KARI UTTERBACK

Columbia/Boone County Department of Public Health and Human Services

LORELI WILSON

Veterans United Home Loans

KRISTIN CUMMINS

Boone County Community Services Department

BRYON WHITE

Central Missouri Community Action

LORETTA SCHOUTEN

CoMo Youth Works

STEPHANIE BROWNING

Columbia/Boone County Department of Public Health and Human Services

HUNTER EASLEY-MAHAFFEY

Project Coordinator at the Inclusive Impact Institute 

OUR SPONSORS

We are driven by the mutual goal of making the world a more inclusive place for all. Thank you for your support!

BOONE COUNTY, MISSOURI

CENTRAL BANK OF BOONE COUNTY

CENTRAL MISSOURI COMMUNITY ACTION

COLUMBIA CHAMBER OF COMMERCE

CITY OF COLUMBIA

COLUMBIA CHAMBER OF COMMERCE

COLUMBIA COLLEGE

COLUMBIA PUBLIC SCHOOLS

COMMERCE BANK

COMO YOUTH WORKS

DANIEL BOONE REGIONAL LIBRARY

INCLUSIVE IMPACT INSTITUTE

MU DIVISION OF INCLUSION, DIVERSITY & EQUITY

REGIONAL ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT INC. (REDI)

SHELTER INSURANCE

UNITED WAY

VETERANS UNITED