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Leilani Tiefenthaler

Senior Academic Advisor
111 Cornell Hall
8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

700 Tiger Avenue
Columbia, MO 65211

Leilani Tiefenthaler is a dedicated professional with a strong commitment to fostering inclusion, diversity, and equity in the academic world. Previously serving as the (Inaugural) Senior Inclusion, Diversity, and Equity Coordinator at the University of Missouri's Trulaske College of Business in Columbia, MO, Leilani plays a pivotal role in managing the department's multiple endowments, gift funds, and program budgets, ensuring the impactful utilization of university resources. In addition to her financial acumen, she actively contributes to the educational experience by co-teaching courses and facilitating access to scholarships and aid for underrepresented and under-resourced students. She excels in forming partnerships with businesses, sponsors, and speakers to support students and faculty/staff professional development, making a lasting impact on the Trulaske College of Business community.

In addition to her role as a Senior Inclusion, Diversity, and Equity Coordinator, Leilani has also contributed as a Senior Academic Advisor at the Trulaske College of Business, where she taught courses, supervised student employees, and mentored student-led initiatives. Her dedication to students' success and her ability to connect with diverse groups of stakeholders have made her an invaluable asset to the university. With a strong background in academic advising, Leilani ensured that hundreds of students met their educational goals, provided leadership in various capacities, and actively supported the college's mission of academic excellence and inclusion. Her commitment to promoting diversity, equity, and inclusion in higher education continues to make a significant impact on the Trulaske College of Business community.


Graduate Certificate in Organizational Leadership and Conflict Management, University of Missouri, May 2023;

M.Ed. – Educational Leadership and Policy Analysis, Emphasis in Student Affairs, University of Missouri, May 2020;

B.A. in General Studies, Emphasis in Education, Psychology and Music, University of Missouri, May 2016


2019-2020 "Outstanding Staff Service Award" awarded by the Trulaske College of Business;

2017-2018 "Staff Member of the Year" award by the Students of the Trulaske College of Business