DEI Advisory Panel

The Springfield Daily Citizen staff recognizes the ongoing challenge to improve diversity, equity and inclusiveness in its journalism and operations. 

To assist the Daily Citizen staff, a Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Advisory Panel has been formed to assess our efforts and recommend areas for improvements in content, staffing, training and operations. The Advisory Panel, which meets quarterly, will:

  • Review Daily Citizen content and news sources to examine the diversity of the voices included in our reports.
  • Assist the staff in conducting discussions on important and sensitive topics in a safe, supportive environment, including discussing the effects of racism and marginalization.
  • Serve as a resource in the recruitment and retention of diverse staff members.

Community DEI Advisory Panel members

UPDATED: December 2022

  • Sue Conine, community member
  • Jasmine Cooper, Director of Communications, Drury University
  • Duan Gavel, Co-founder/software developer, All Things Diverse SGF
  • Pamela Hernandez, Regional Director, Better Business Bureau
  • Clay Holmes, longtime resident and advocate for unsheltered people
  • Wafaa Kaf, Professor of Audiology and Diversity Fellow, Missouri State University
  • Carolyn McGhee, member of the National Federation of the Blind of Missouri, Springfield chapter
  • Morey Mechlin, retired nonprofit executive
  • Krista Moncado, Host, Queer in the Ozarks podcast
  • Mike Powers, President/CEO, The Arc of the Ozarks
  • Wes Pratt, Partner, Pratt Consultants; President, Multicultural Business Association; retired former Chief Diversity Officer, Missouri State University
  • James Robinette, U.S. Army JAG Corps, retired; Chief Legal Counsel, Urban Dream Initiative
  • Joe Robles, Vice president, Multicultural Business Association
  • Keke Rover, System Director of DEI, Burrell Behavioral Health
  • Jordana Vera, President and co-founder of ALAS

Our philosophy and broad definition of diversity

The Springfield Daily Citizen embraces diversity and inclusiveness in its journalism, training activities, hiring practices and workplace operations. 

Embracing diversity and inclusiveness is not simply about race, although our nation has a long, troubling and unresolved history in dealing with racial issues. The Daily Citizen recognizes the value of individuals across a broad political and social spectrum, including differences in age, gender, ability/disability, ethnicity, national origin, religion, family status, sexual orientation, gender identity, veteran status, or previously incarcerated.

To fulfill our mission and encourage discourse, the Daily Citizen will make an extra effort to cover the lived experiences of citizens of all races, abilities and backgrounds, especially those who have often felt ignored or underrepresented. We will not rely on voices at the extremes and instead seek out people from the “middle majority” and those offering a broad spectrum of beliefs and viewpoints.

The Daily Citizen recognizes that its mission and society in general are strengthened by respecting individuals’ cultural traditions, beliefs and viewpoints. The Daily Citizen further acknowledges that for its journalism, and our democracy, to attain their highest potential, a robust supply of reliable information about key issues must be accessible to all.

The complex issues we face in a global society, and a global economy, require respect for different viewpoints. Race, class, generation, gender and geography all affect point of view. Reflecting these differences in our reporting leads to better, more-nuanced stories and a better-informed community. This is consistent with the core value of inclusive excellence emphasized by our host, Missouri State University.

Daily Citizen Board policy on nondiscrimination

The Springfield Daily Citizen emphasizes the dignity and equality common to all persons and adheres to a strict non-discrimination policy regarding the treatment of employees, contractors, volunteers, clients, customers and the general public. In accord with federal law and applicable Missouri statutes, the Daily Citizen does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin (including ancestry, or any other subcategory of national origin recognized by applicable law), religion, sex (including marital status, family status, pregnancy, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, or any other subcategory of sex recognized by applicable law), age, disability, veteran status, genetic information, or any other basis protected by applicable law in employment or in any program or activity offered or sponsored by the Daily Citizen.

More information

For more information or questions about DEI efforts, please contact Chief Executive Officer David Stoeffler at or call 417-837-3664.