Public Affairs

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Public Affairs...using your skills to make a positive impact on the world around you.

Ethical leadership | Cultural competence | Community engagement

Programs including conferences, special events and presentations are offered for MSU students, the campus community and the public to explore and open dialogue on how to lead ethically, contribute to community and respect multiple perspectives and cultures.

2021-2022 Public Affairs Theme

Bridging the Divide

This year's theme, Bridging the Divide, seeks to challenge each of us to examine not only our individual viewpoints, but to explore and come together to find a common ground in addressing our most pressing issues. This theme will guide a multitude of public affairs events and academic programming for the 2021-2022 academic year.

University's Signature Public Affairs Events

RECORDINGS of the Shereen Meraji and Bill Doherty presentations from the Public Affairs Conference are located on each of their description pages.  

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Public Affairs Conference

September 27-30, 2021. Join the conversation as facets of Bridging the Divide are explored at the 18th annual Public Affairs Conference. RECORDINGS of Shereen Meraji and Bill Doherty presentations are each located on their description pages via the Conference Schedule link.

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Public Affairs Winter Convocation

Shaun Tomson, author, writer, producer and world surfing champion, will speak on February 10, 2022 at 3:30pm at the Robert W. Plaster Student Union Theater. Free and open to the public. No ticket required.

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New Student Convocation

August 22, 2021 at 2:00 PM at JQH Arena

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Missouri Public Affairs Hall of Fame

Honor Missouri citizens who've bettered the lives of others.

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Collaborative Diversity Conference

Learn diversity best practices from top professionals.



Upcoming events

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Public Affairs News

The Office of Public Affairs Support is part of the Division of Public Affairs & Assessment.