LGBTQ+ History Month

This year’s LGBTQ+ History Month Kick-Off will see UMSL students showcase their identity and experiences through art and performance. Come and see the beautiful paintings, digital drawings, writing, and more that our UMSL students have submitted this year.”

Learn more about  LGBTQ+ History Month events happening throughout October. Be Engaged!

Find full event details and RSVP via MyEngage

Hispanic Heritage Month

Fiesta de Quince a Quince is the kick-off to a month long celebration of the beautiful and rich Hispanic and Latin culture and heritage from the 15th to the 15th. Enjoy the kick off event with its cultural foods, music and dancing. Also, learn about the other wonderful events we have coming throughout the month!

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DEI in the Academic Workplace

ODEI is launching a new program this fall for faculty and staff.  The program is based on the curriculum for Diversity 101 and is divided into three mini-courses.  The curriculum is designed to help participants develop the awareness, knowledge, and skills for building a more inclusive working and learning environment in the academic workplace context.

It is recommended, but not required, that you complete all three levels in consecutive order.  If you have previously completed Diversity 101, the material will be a review (which is always good), but you are invited to participate (with a new cohort!) and earn the digital badges for each mini-course in this series.

Each micro-course involves videos, activities, optional resources for deeper learning, and discussions with peers.  There are two options for participation: virtual conversations on Zoom or online discussions on Canvas.

Registration is now open for   Level One:   Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Foundations


OPTION 1: September 20  – October 15, 2021   Discussions on Canvas   (on your own schedule, meeting weekly deadlines)    REGISTER HERE                       

OPTION 2:   October 20, November 3, November 17, and December 1         Discussions on Zoom   WEDNESDAYS  12 – 1pm   REGISTER HERE     

Registration now open: ODEI 2021-2022 Professional Development

The Office of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion welcomes you back to the 2021-2022 academic year with a full line-up professional development opportunities, both online and (potentially) in-person.  Come expand your knowledge, awareness, and skills in a supportive and inclusive learning environment with colleagues from all over campus.

All ODEI programs offer the opportunity to earn a digital credential (badge) that you can share with your social media networks, add to your signature line, your e-portfolio, and performance review files.

Click here to learn more! 

Introducing the new Grad Certificate in Workplace DEI!

ODEI is proud to partner with the UMSL Graduate School to offer master’s and doctoral students an opportunity to boost their credentials and prepare them to be advocates for diversity, equity, and inclusion in their upcoming careers.

The new Graduate Certificate in Workplace DEI is a year-long cohort-based non-credit bearing program based on the popular Diversity 101, an online professional development program for faculty and staff.

Read more about the new initiative in the UMSL Daily Blog!

A similar certificate program is under development in partnership with UM Extension to be launched in the Spring 2022 and available to the broader STL community.


ODEI Digital Badges

Perhaps by now you have noticed a colorful icon or two on some of your colleagues’ email signatures.  Wondering what that’s all about?

In 2019, UMSL partnered with Credly, a leader in the digital credentialing movement, to offer UMSL faculty and staff the opportunity to earn digital badges for their participation in ODEI professional development programming. Since then,  UMSL faculty and staff have earned over 550 digital badges and many share them on their signature lines and social media accounts to help spread the word about the great work we are doing at UMSL to advance diversity, equity, and inclusion.

Learn more about UMSL’s digital badging program in the                              Credly Podcast featuring DEI initiatives at UMSL! 

Winding down Pride Month 2021

Dear Community,

As we wind down Pride Month 2021, we want to remind you that there are things we can do every day to help ensure that LGBTQ+ members of our community feel seen and safe.

10 Ways to create a more inclusive campus for LGBTQ + Community
10 Ways to create a more inclusive campus for LGBTQ + Community 

DOWNLOAD: 10 Ways to create a more inclusive campus for LGBTQ + Community

Although as country we are making progress, as noted in the Presidential Proclamation on Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer Pride Month, 2021, we still have a long way to go.  But as long as we do become complacent and continue the work, we will continue to improve as a campus and society.

Juneteenth-Freedom Day

Juneteenth, “also known as Freedom Day, Jubilee Day, Liberation Day, and Emancipation Day– is a holiday celebrating the emancipation of those who had been enslaved in the United States. Originating in Galveston, Texas, it is now celebrated annually on June 19 throughout the United States, with increasing official recognition. It is commemorated on the anniversary date of the June 19, 1865, announcement of General Order No. 3 by Union Army general Gordon Granger, proclaiming freedom from slavery in Texas.

We have highlighted several events below that celebrate the importance of this historic day.

Missouri Historical Society 2021 Juneteenth Celebration

Throughout the month of June, the Missouri History Museum will be welcoming audiences to gather virtually and  in-person to celebrate Juneteenth.

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Juneteenth Celebration at The Field House Museum

The Field House Museum is proud to host Julius B. Anthony, President of St. Louis Black Authors of Children’s Literature, and Linda M. Nance, Founding President of The Annie Malone Historical Society, for this special event jointly celebrating our partnerships and Juneteenth.”

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Juneteenth Freedom Festival

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2021 Juneteenth Community Ride

This Juneteenth, celebrate St. Louis’s Black artists, musicians and history with a bike ride featuring live music.  Join Trailnet, 4 The Ville, and the Missouri Historical Society.

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Juneteenth Havdalah W/ MoHo STL

“To celebrate Juneteenth, we will be sharing poems, songs and/or prayers from Black authors, around the bonfire. Themes can include freedom, resistance, power, strength – or whatever you feel speaks to to the themes of the historic Juneteenth.”

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Juneteenth Community Celebration-Emerson YMCA

“Our community event is open to everyone and FREE of charge! The theme is “Breaking Barriers.”

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