Celebrating the 2024 Women Trailblazer Awards

Greetings UMSL Community,

Thank you to everybody who attended our 2024 UMSL Women Trailblazer Awards this month in the Millennium Student Center Century Rooms. It was an incredible experience to conduct our 29th year of honoring UMSL women who continue to “blaze trails” at UMSL and in the greater community that we serve. The Trailblazer Award is presented to women who have worked to forge new pathways for women and/or women who have contributed significantly to the University and/or the greater St. Louis community.

This year’s theme, “Women Who Advocate for All,” celebrates women who have not only demonstrated outstanding leadership but have also dedicated themselves to advocating for the well-being and advancement of everyone around them. It highlights the tireless efforts of those who go above and beyond, fostering positive change in our community.

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Exploring Economic Justice in the 314: UMSL Forum for Community Dialogue

Dear Campus Community,

We invite UMSL faculty, staff, students, and community members to join the UMSL Forum for Community Dialogue on March 14, 2024, at 3:30 PM. This engaging event will center around the theme, “Economic Justice: What’s Possible in the 314?”

The UMSL Forum for Community Dialogue aims to bring together members of the UMSL and greater St. Louis community, fostering conversations that enhance our collective capacity to consider and evaluate diverse perspectives on issues impacting our communities. These Community Dialogue Forums are designed to spur honest and open discussion of differing viewpoints on topics that have the potential to impact everyone.

We are excited to announce that our event will feature three distinguished speakers who will provide valuable insights, framing the context for an essential conversation on economic justice within our St. Louis communities.

  • Jaclyn Belt: Chief Transformation Officer at Beyond Housing
  • Kelly McGowan: Founder and Executive Director of Transform 314
  • Stefani Weeden-Smith: Director for the St. Louis Anchor Action Network

Event Details:

Date: March 14, 2024

Time: 3:30 – 5:30 PM

Location: UMSL Campus, RCEW Building, 8225 Florissant Road, St. Louis, MO 63121

We encourage you to share this invitation widely. Faculty, this is a fantastic opportunity to encourage your students to attend, offering an extra credit incentive.

To RSVP and secure your spot, click HERE 

We hope to see you there!

UMSL’s Golden Legacy – Homecoming Door Decoration Contest

Greetings, UMSL Community!

As we step into the celebratory spirit of UMSL’s 60th year of operation, the Office of Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion is thrilled to share the outcomes of our recent Homecoming Door Decoration Contest under the theme “The Golden Legacy: UMSL Pride Meets Bridgerton.”

It was truly an honor for our office to host this contest which encapsulates the creative spirit and community engagement that defines our UMSL community. Participants from various offices embraced the challenge of infusing UMSL Pride with the elegant styles of Bridgerton, resulting in a spectacular showcase of talent and imagination.

Our 1st winner is the Graduate School at 121 Woods Hall. The judges were blown away by all the intricate details and effort that went into making such a vibrant and atmospheric door decoration. Congratulations to them on securing the coveted First Place!

For 2nd place our judges found themselves at a tie! Our two 2nd place winners are the Office of Undergraduate Business Programs at 107 Anheuser Busch Hall and The Chancellor’s Office at 401 Woods Hall. Both charmed the judges with their interpretations of this years theme! Continue reading UMSL’s Golden Legacy – Homecoming Door Decoration Contest

MLK Day-A Day of Celebration at UMSL

The Office of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion is proud to host the annual observance of the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday at the University of Missouri–St. Louis.

Since the inaugural Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday Observance at UMSL on January 18, 1988, our campus community has celebrated the life, legacy and message of Dr. King with prolific speakers, inspiring music, and the presentation of scholarships. We invite you to join with us  Monday, January 15, 2024 at 11am in the Touhill Performing Arts Center. For additional information click here.



NEW Employee Assistance Program (EAP) Info

The end of the semester and the holidays can mean additional stressors.  If you could use some support, the new EAP is there for you!  Our new EAP program is administered by Optum Live & Work Well and offers free confidential support and other on-demand resources 24/7 by calling (866) 248-4094 (Access Code: UMISSOURI) or visiting www.Liveandworkwell.com 

For more information about the services that are now available to UMSL employees, please visit: the UM System Total Rewards page.

Click here to download UMSL EAP Flyer . Please share with your colleagues!

If you need help resolving a workplace issue or conflict with a colleague, the Office of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion offers  Conflict Resolution & Mediation Services to assist you!

Registration is now open: Chancellor’s Certificate in Advancing DEI in the Workplace

UMSL 60th Year logoIn celebration of UMSL’s 60th year serving the St. Louis region, UMSL’s Office of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion is proud to continue its efforts to enhance the capacity of local companies, organizations, and agencies to build inclusive workplace cultures.  The Chancellor’s Certificate in Advancing DEI in the Workplace is a fully on-line non-credit bearing course open to all professionals in the St. Louis Region.   The cohort will consist of no more than 30 people from a variety of job sectors, backgrounds, and experiences.  A great opportunity to learn, engage, and network!

The next session will start on January 22 and run through June 14, 2024.

Click here for more information and registration. 

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Celebrating Dana Beteet Daniels

On June 21, 2023, the Office of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion in partnership with colleagues and friends congratulated and celebrated the retirement of Dana Beteet Daniels on over 20+ years of service to the institution.

Dana, who officially retired on July 7th, most recently served as the Title IX Coordinator and Chief Equity Officer and will always remain an integral part of the ODEI Team. We look forward to your next journey!