Western welcomes new CME coordinator

By Katelyn Canon

January 15, 2014

After almost a year without a coordinator, the Center for Multicultural Education has hired a new coordinator Latoya Fitzpatrick.

Fitzpatrick, who previously worked at Oklahoma State University as a Housing Coordinator, started Tuesday, Jan. 7 after winter weather delayed her first day.

With Martin Luther King Jr. Day, the Drum Major for Justice Awards and the Black Heritage Ball Fitzpatrick has already begun planning several events for the coming semester.

“My initial thought is for the semester is making sure I look at the typical programs that have happened this semester and trying to stick to those, making sure I get out there and get to know the students, get to know what they want and what they need from the office and from me,” Fitzpatrick said.

Along with planning programming for upcoming events, Fitzpatrick wants to get to know students.

“Throughout the semester (I plan on) meeting with Isaiah, who is my supervisor, and outlining programs that I think would be great to to start here,” Fitzpatrick said. “As well, so I really hope this position and this office can really support students and give them tools to be successful while they’re here at Missouri Western and once they leave here.”

Vice President of Student Affairs Shana Meyer said that Fitzpatrick is an excellent fit for the position because she is familiar with the area, but brings a variety of experience to the position.

“She brings in a lot of experience as well from several different institutions,” Meyer said. “She at one point was at the University of Missouri – Kansas City and so she’s familiar with this area and familiar with the types of students we have here so I think she’ll really be able to connect with our students.”

Associate Vice President of Student Affairs and Dean of Students Judy Grimes echoed Meyer.

“Students responded to her very very well,” Grimes said. “They made sure that she had time to meet with them, and particularly in that position they do so much programming with students that it was really key that they related well with students and she really did.”

Both Meyer and Grimes think that Fitzpatrick is a great fit for Western and she is looking forward to getting to know students face-to-face.

“I’m trying to practice this idea of bringing my lunch everyday so when the students get here (I plan to) go downstairs, see if I can tables with students and have lunch with them and just talk,” Fitzpatrick said. “Just get to know them on a base level – not talking about anything too heavy, just putting myself out there and letting them get to know me.