Tuesday, March 09, 2021


Southeast Appoints Rucker Vice President for Equity, Access and Behavioral Health

Sonia Rucker, assistant to the president for Equity and Diversity and Dean of Students at Southeast Missouri State University, has been appointed vice president for equity, access and behavioral health. The appointment will be effective Sept. 1. In this role, Rucker will have oversight of the new Division of Equity, Access and Behavioral Health at Southeast.

Additionally, Trent Ball, assistant vice president for academic diversity and outreach at Southeast, has been named associate vice president for equity and access, and will report to Rucker.

The Division of Equity, Access and Behavioral Health will bring together under one umbrella a number of offices, including the Center for Behavioral Health and Accessibility; Student Conduct; the LGBTQ+ Resource Center; Title IX enforcement of the sexual harassment policy and federal Equal Opportunity law compliance; enforcement of the University's Non-Discrimination/Affirmative Action policies, procedures and practices and compliance with state and federal civil rights laws; Academic Support Centers; TRIO Programs, currently including the McNair Scholars Programs and Student Support Services; Educational Access Programs; and the Learning Assistance Program.

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