Diversity Statement

Ozarks Public Broadcasting, comprised of KSMU Radio and Ozarks Public Television (OPT), are committed to reflecting and celebrating the diversity of the Ozarks.  This diversity takes many forms, including gender, race, culture, religion, and language.  We encourage thoughtful community dialogue on a variety of topics through local content, news features, community engagement.

  • Missouri State University’s Journalist-In-Resident – a position created through a partnership between KSMU Radio and other University departments – teaches an advanced journalism class in International Reporting.  The product of this course is a multi-part series, presented each semester on KSMU. 
  • In partnership with the Missouri State University Religious Studies Department, KSMU Radio has established a Religious Studies/Reporting Internship.  This intern reports on topics related to the religious diversity of the Ozarks. 
  • OPT’s Passport series is a locally-produced effort that features instructional language and cultural exploration of other countries.  Thus far, the series includes Passport to China, Passport to Latin America, and Passport to Brazil.
  • OPT’s Small World ▪ Big Picture profiles feature Ozarks’ residents of diverse backgrounds, telling their stories.    
  • OPT and KSMU also regularly broadcast special programming that celebrates the diversity of our nation and our world.  These national programs are made available by NPR, PRI, APM, PBS, NETA, APT and more.  

As part of Missouri State University, we fully embrace the University’s diversity initiatives.  The University staff, faculty, governance and student body reflect rich diversity.  The Division of Diversity and Inclusion exists to promote, achieve, advance and sustain Missouri State University’s commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion by enhancing employee capabilities and competencies through diversity research, professional development, collaboration, and integrative activities and practices.  The vision of this unit is to be valued and recognized by university and community stakeholders for the development and delivery of strategic programs and resources that institutionalizes means to meet individual, unit and organizational needs for diversity enhancement, education and outcomes.

Updated September 2017