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      Truman students promote racial unity in the Heartland

      MAP members plan this year's events inside of the Multicultual Affairs Center at Truman State University.

      Sources reveal the year 2000 census with 95 percent of Kirksvilleâ??s population identifying as "white-only." More recently, in 2010, that number decreased to 92 percent.

      Some Truman State University students say they would like to bring more diversity to the area, so they're helping to recruit more racially diverse students to the Kirksville campus.

      The Minority Ambassadors Program is a newer organization founded by a couple of Truman students through the Multicultural Affairs Center.

      MAP attends college fairs and admissions events where they say their main focus is to provide a relatable demographic for minority prospective students.

      With Truman's 300 plus minority students on campus and more than 300 international students, MAPâ??s founders would like to create unity among all races in the area.

      â??What we really work to do is not just represent the black community, but to represent all minority communities and work to make people feel comfortable. The goal isn't to create a strong minority community that's separate but to create community that is blending with everyone else, blending with other races and talking about the issues together,â?? said MAPâ??s Co Founder Tay Stephens.

      For more information on the next Minority Ambassadors Program event, click here to see Trumanâ??s multicultural activities calendar.