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Noor Azizan-Gardner

Chief Diversity Officer
Chancellor's Diversity Initiative

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Azizan-Gardner has been working with intercultural issues in the United States and Europe for the past two decades. She is a much sought-after speaker in her specialty area of intercultural competency and leadership. Over the years, her assignments have included presenting innumerable intercultural competency lectures and workshops and consulting on diversity and intercultural competency for the private and public sectors, the police and armed forces.

In the Columbia community, Azizan-Gardner has served as a member of the board of advisers for Prism, a support group for LGBT (lesbian/gay/bisexual/transgender) youth, and a member of the Diversity Study Circle Project’s steering committee sponsored by the Human Rights Commission and the City of Columbia. She has chaired the Multicultural Committee at Smithton Middle School and was also a member of the Diversity Committee of the MU Alumni Association. Her community service also included serving as the past vice-president of the non-profit organization Columbia Friends of China, which spearheaded the sister-city project between Columbia and Laoshan, China, and as a founding member of the executive board of the Central Missouri Stop Human Trafficking Coalition. She is currently a member of a community committee working with the Columbia Police Department to tackle racial profiling issues in traffic stops and searches.

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