Sexual Assault Awareness and Prevention Month

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In our current climate of remote learning, zoom meetings, Tik-Tok, twitter and other platforms of social media, people are connecting more online than ever before. Since we aren’t connecting face-to-face as much, we must create pathways for respectful online spaces with consent. We must always consider how our actions might make another person feel and ask questions.

Since our face-to-face interactions are limited due to social distancing, we do not have the benefit of those body language cues that can indicate  how someone is feeling – the eye contact or lack of eye contact, for example. It is more important than ever to develop new ways to recognize others’ boundaries and give them space to recognize our boundaries as well. When we do this, we shift from making assumptions which provides clearer communication.

What can we do to show respect for ourselves and for others in practicing consent? Here are a few ideas:
➢ It is never okay to try to unlock someone else’s phone without
permission or look through their text.
➢ If you share a device with someone, log out of accounts that you do
not have permission to use.
➢ Ask permission before posting a photo of someone else on social
media and before reposting or resharing something personal.
➢ Let a friend know you would like to video chat, specifically, rather
than assuming they know.
➢ Respect the decisions of others once you have asked. It is never
okay to coerce or pressure someone – if someone says no after you
ask for digital consent, respect their choice and move on.
➢ Ask each time – even if your partner agreed to something before,
they are not obligated to agree again.

April 24th is Consent Day – we’ve heard “rumor” of a counter movement circulating. The Title IX & Equity Office will be hosting an Online Consent and Boundaries Workshop April 29th.

We invite you to join us next week by registering:

Your Title IX Office is available for you whenever you need us. Please let us know if you have questions or require resource information.

Dana Beteet Daniels, Title IX Coordinator
Jessica Swederske, Deputy Title IX Coordinator

Ramadan 2021

This year, the dates of Ramadan are expected to fall within Monday, April 12, 2021 and Wednesday, May 12, 2021. The Islamic Calendar follows a lunar cycle, and while these are the calculated expected dates of Ramadan, they can differ from place to place based on moon-sightings or lack thereof. Some Muslims strictly follow calculations, while others strictly follow moon-sightings, and some follow a combination of both. What Muslims choose to follow can depend on their religious convictions, where they have lived in the world, and what their families practice. The day after the end of Ramadan is a religious holiday called Eid-al-Fitr. (SOURCE:

Ramadan is an occasion to focus on faith through fasting and prayer, and is one of the most important Muslim holidays. Ramadan is notable because the Qur’an was first revealed during this month, and Muslims see the Qur’an as the ultimate form of guidance for mankind. The night that the Qur’an was revealed to Muhammad is called Lailat ul Oadr, and standing in prayer this one night is thought to eclipse months of worship.

General Practices: Fasting is required during the entire month of Ramadan. Muslims refrain from food and beverages during the daylight hours, and smoking and sexual relations are forbidden. Worshipers break the fasting each night with prayer, reading of the Qu’ran, and a meal called the iftar. In addition, many Muslims also attend night prayers at Mosques. Muslims also believe that their good actions bring a greater reward during this month than any other time of the year, so almost all Muslims try to give up bad habits during Ramadan.

Recommended Accommodations: If possible, avoid scheduling major academic deadlines during this time. Be sensitive to the fact that students and employees celebrating Ramadan will be fasting during the day (continuously for 30 days) and will likely have less stamina as a result. If planning an evening event, provide food accommodations if requested (Islamic dietary restrictions apply). (SOURCE:

Additional learning resources: 

Supporting Your Muslim Students on Campus This Ramadan (NASAPA: Student Affairs in Higher Education)

 About Ramadan 2021 (MIT Office of Religious, Spiritual, and Ethical Life )

Best Practices for Supporting Muslim Students (a Tumblr created by a Muslim student)

How to Support Muslim Students When Ramadan Overlaps with School Year (Insight into Diversity Magazine)

Join ODEI for the Spring Core Concept Series


Click here for more information and registration:

April 20     Moving Towards Inclusive Excellence: Introduction to Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

April 27     Understanding Ourselves, Understanding Others: Introduction to Identity and Intersectionality

May 4     What’s culture got to do with it? Introduction to Culture, Communication, and Values

May 11     Obstacles to inclusion: Introduction to implicit bias, microaggressions, stereotype threat, and imposter syndrome

May 18     Making the invisible visible: Introduction to Social Privilege and Normative Power

Register here. 

You can earn the Diversity Ambassador Badge by attending at least 3 sessions AND getting a colleague to attend at least two sessions.

Winding Down Women’s History Month, Winding Up for Action!

As we come to the end of the month, we wanted to thank you all for your support of the diverse programming that led to a wonderfully successful Women’s History Month. A special thank you to the Office of Student Involvement for the coordination of the events this month.

Throughout the month, programs focused on hearing women’s voices, allowing opportunities for storytelling, mentoring, sharing, and concluded with celebrating the Trailblazers and our UMSL staff. Despite shifting to a virtual format this year, we were elated with the attendance and participation from campus partners across the institution and from the greater community as well.  Click here if you missed the ceremony or want to watch it again! 

 As we continue to focus on women’s accomplishments, goals, and the obstacles we still face, we acknowledge that one month is not enough to capture the full richness of women’s lives. As such, we encourage you to explore and this resource guide, 10 Ways to Advance Women & Gender Equality (click to download PDF)

This concise guide provides helpful links and offers advice for everyone across the gender spectrum on how to better support women, achieve equity, and fair treatment. We hope you will find it useful and encourage you to share with your networks as well. Additionally, please reach out to the Office of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion and the Gender Studies program to get involved with next year’s Women’s History Month programming and women-focused programming throughout the year.

 Thank you again for celebrating women throughout the month of March and in your everyday work and lives. 

Statement on Condemning and Combating Racism, Xenophobia and Intolerance Against Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders

March 24, 2021 

Dear UMSL Community – 

In the past few days and weeks, we have been horrified by the reports of racially motivated hate crimes involving physical violence and harassment of Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders, especially against the elderly. These are not isolated events. Since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, xenophobic rhetoric, harassment and violence against Asian American and Pacific Islander individuals, families and communities have increased 150%.  

These acts damage our society and counter UMSL’s guiding principle on inclusion, which states, “We believe celebrating and appreciating diversity is not enough. We strive to create a truly inclusive community, one where equity is reality. We recognize individual attributes and respect individual differences while firmly asserting that we are better together.” UMSL Staff Council, Black Faculty and Staff Association, Faculty Senate, Student Government Association, and the UMSL Office of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion firmly condemns all forms of prejudice, stigmatization and racism. It not only goes against our values as Tritons, but as Americans as well. It’s wrong and it must stop! 

True to our values, condemnation isn’t enough. We will work to engage every member of our community to stand and fight back against the discrimination and violence on Asian American and Pacific Islander individuals. That work begins by listening to and learning from others, encouraging dialogue, standing up and taking action against racism and supporting those in the Asian American and Pacific Islander community to the best of our ability. This is crucial to guaranteeing racial equity and economic inclusion for people of all races and ethnicities. 

We’ve provided some resources below to assist with fighting xenophobia and social justice advocacy, reporting xenophobia and hate crimes, and supporting your well-being. Please review them and aid us in supporting all people within the UMSL community. 

Fighting Xenophobia and Social Justice Advocacy 

·         The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) – Guidance around how communicators and public health officials can help counter stigma. 

·         American Psychological Association – Statements to destigmatize the virus and how to combat bias. 

·         National Association of School Psychologists (NASP) – Tips for how educators can counter coronavirus stigma and racism. 

·         Teaching Tolerance – Article on how to respond to coronavirus racism. 

·         Asian Pacific American Labor Association – Statement on how to fight racial discrimination against Asian American and Pacific Islander workers. 

·         US Equal Employment Opportunity Commission – Message on national origin and race discrimination during the COVID-19 outbreak. 

  • University of Missouri–St. Louis: Call 911 or UMSL Police Department at (314) 516-5155 immediately. You do not need to be a citizen to report a crime and DPSS will not ask about your immigration status. 
  • File a Title IX Report – ODEI is committed to building an inclusive community that is free from any forms of discrimination or harassment. If you have experienced discriminatory actions or witnessed an incident of discrimination, the Title IX office is here to assist. 
  • University of Missouri System Bias Hotline –  
  • State of Missouri – If individuals experience incidences of hate, violence or discrimination they can and should report it to their local police department and contact the Attorney General’s office: (573) 751-3321 
  • Missouri Human Rights Commission – View resources and file a discrimination complaint 
  • The Asian Pacific Policy Planning Counci – l Report incidences of discrimination 
  • Asian Americans Advocating for Justice guide – Document and address anti-Asian racism.  

    Supporting Your Well-Being 

  • UMSL Health, Counseling & Disability Access Office – Available to link students to needed resources. Students are also encouraged to reach out to counselors and advisors if they face challenges. 
  • UMSL Recreation & Wellness Center – Offers a wide variety of wellness programs and education to improve the quality of life of the UMSL community. 
  • Medium published an article entitled: Surviving Racism Amidst Covid-19
  • Racial Equity Tools created a resource page for coping with and advocacy for anti-Asian racism: COVID-19-Racial Equity and Social Justice Resources
  • Self-Care Tips for Asian Americans Dealing with Racism amid Coronavirus 

    “Ultimately, this is about who we are as a nation. This is about how we treat people with dignity and respect. Everyone has the right to go to work, to go to school, to walk down the street and be safe, and also, the right to be recognized as an American — not as the other, not as them, but as us. 

    A harm against any one of us is a harm against all of us. The President and I will not be silent. We will not stand by. We will always speak out against violence, hate crimes, and discrimination, wherever and whenever it occurs.” – Vice President Kamala Harris.  

    Hate against some of us harms all of us. We encourage our community — students, staff, alumni and faculty — to acknowledge and denounce ongoing anti-Asian hate crimes, as well as to amplify efforts to eliminate this form of discrimination. This is our commitment as Tritons and as Americans. 

    In Solidarity, 

    UMSL Staff Council, Black Faculty and Staff Association, Faculty Senate, Student Government Association, and the UMSL Office of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion 

    Tiffany Izard, Staff Council President 

    Blaine Milligan, Staff Council Representative 

Women Trailblazers

In celebration of Women’s History Month, the Office of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion in partnership with Gender Studies presents the 26th annual Women Trailblazer’s Award Ceremony honoring UMSL women—faculty, staff, students, and alumnae. The event will take place on Wednesday, March 24, 2021 at 2:00pm.
Please join us for a live broadcast:

Download the event flyer here: Trailblazer event graphic (3)

Continue reading “Women Trailblazers”

STL Virtual Tour from the Missouri Historical Society

St. Louis was born as a French fur trading village ruled by the
Spanish. Staring down the Americans across the river, the
village would become a mix of French culture, Spanish rule,
and American influence. These ever-changing currents
affected women in unexpected ways. As governments
changed, so did the protection of widows, property rights,
enslavement laws, and more. Learn about the fascinating
women, both famous and not, whose fates were tied to the
three flags that flew over St. Louis.

UMSL Women’s History Month Event:
Missouri Historical Society
Join the tour on Wednesday, March 17, 6:30-8:00pm

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Join us for a Women’s History Month Event: Amp It Up!

During this event, we will be talking about why it’s important to close the gender gap in the workspace. From the Harvard School of Business to UC Davis, studies tell us that women are good for business and that they contribute to corporate settings in unprecedented ways. YET, the closing of the gender gap has come to a virtual stop. Come chat with us about how equity affects efficiency, and why parity matters to the bottom line. This will be a conversation on how we can make space for ourselves and others in the business landscape.

Tuesday, March 9

3:00pm via Zoom

Spots are limited: RSVP on MyEngage




Work it Girl!


Work it Girl: Women with Disabilities Making their Mark

Come celebrate diversity and inclusion with UMSL SucceedUMSL Succeed is an inclusive post-secondary education program for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities. UMSL Succeed provides students with opportunities to learn, work, live and play. As part of an Intersectionality Series, UMSL Succeed will host various events to celebrate and understand the dynamic ways individuals with disabilities form their identities. Additionally, the series will provide students, educators, and families the opportunity to learn more about post-secondary options for individuals with intellectual disabilities.

Join us on March 17th from 4-5:30PM for a discussion about the intersectionality of gender and disability. Our guests, Letisha Wexstten and Ivy Kennedy, will share their experiences as women with disabilities! Educators who register for the event will be sent supplemental materials for students.

Register here:

Work it Girl! 2021 link