Every so often, a traveling preacher comes unwelcomed to Truman's campus and stands on the Quad, shouting about fire and brimstone and holding up posters proclaiming that gays, feminists, liberals, non-Americans, and non-Christians are going to hell. The furious conversations among students after such an event will assure even the most skeptical that Truman, despite its somewhat creamy appearance, is as accepting of differences—or more so—than the next college.
The international student population is very high for a small, public institution in the landlocked Midwest—a tribute to our state-of-the-art study abroad program, which has boosted Truman's international reputation. However, just because foreign students are here, it doesn't mean they have been immersed in American collegiate culture, so it's important to reach out and make them feel welcome. Sometimes birds of a feather tend to stick together. This is also true of some minority groups, though there are notable exceptions. Truman, like most other schools, is always trying to draw more minority students, and the University would certainly be open to a larger minority population. As the gay and transgender community has slowly become more vocal in the last decade, Truman students, faculty, and staff have shown a remarkable move toward cultural and lifestyle appreciation.