Our Missouri Connection

The Middleton Center reinforces the character of the University of Missouri as an institution of higher learning that values respect, responsibility, discovery, and excellence, all with a view to promoting social advancement for all members of our campus and wider community. Our responsibility is to ensure that our engagement around the three pillars of race, justice, and citizenship are conducted in the spirit of the university’s values.    

The University of Missouri is uniquely positioned to establish the Middleton Center. Located in the heart of Missouri and in the center of the nation, the University of Missouri attracts diverse students from rural, urban and international backgrounds with different lived experiences as well as perspectives.  The Mizzou community of students, faculty, staff, alumni and other constituents span a diversity of viewpoints and identities (politics, race, socioeconomic status, religion, gender, etc.). Furthermore, Mizzou is both a land-grant institution with a statewide mission of service to citizens and Missouri’s largest public research university. Now is the time – and Mizzou is the place – to cultivate a healthy and creative venue for thoughtful and thought-provoking dialogue among diverse groups of people and to create innovative programs that will make a lasting impact. The Middleton Center will work toward this goal. 

The Middleton Center contributes directly to at least three of the strategic goals for the University of Missouri: Research and Creative Works; Engagement and Outreach; and Inclusive Excellence.