Shatomi Luster-Edward – Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Fellow 2018

Shatomi Luster Edward
Shatomi Luster-Edward

“Throughout my life and life lessons, I have always valued people.  That value was guided by The Golden Rule, ‘treat others as one would wish to be treated.’ I’m excited about the DEI Collaborative/Fellowship as it allows me to substantiate the value of individuals.”

Dr. Shatomi Luster-Edward is a Financial Education Specialist with the University of Missouri (MU) Extension. She focuses on various aspects of financial education that include the following initiatives and programs: economic development, rapid response for dislocated workers, payday lending, small dollar loans, tax assistance, renting and housing initiatives, to name a few.

Serving as a consultant in the areas of organizational development, staff development, and program/project management, Shatomi serves communities in both Kansas and Missouri.  Nationally, Mrs. Luster-Edward serves on the Prosperity Now (formerly CFED) executive board, that focuses to make financial security a possibility for people of color and those with limited incomes. Shatomi serves on the executive board of EXCEL (Expanding College for Exceptional Learners), that focuses on young adults/students with disabilities. In addition, Shatomi, co-founded GiRL Inc. (Gifted Intelligent Respectable Ladies), building and implementing life skills for K-12 learners.

She has also traveled abroad on vocational group study exchanges and to present in Romania and Nairobi, Kenya. These exchanges provided an opportunity of understanding that emphasized the importance of cultural awareness, educational acumen, and socioeconomic acuteness.

Member Institution:

University of Missouri


Kansas City, MO, USA

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  • Coming in 2018!


  • Starting in Spring 2018

Final Report

  • Coming in 2019!

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