Black Futurity Group’s next event

Dear UMSL Faculty, Staff, and Students,

The Black Futurity Group invites you to join us in honoring Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s dream via a virtual discussion of N.K. Jemisin’s short story “The Ones Who Stay and Fight”.

When: Thursday, January 21st at 2 pm

Where: Via Zoom, passcode: 560689

Reading: The Ones Who Stay and Fight

For questions, contact  Kara Moskowitz (, Lauren Obermark (, or Kimberly Welch (

Please download and share this flyer: Black Futurity Group_January event

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Holiday Observance

Since the inaugural Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday Observance, the campus community has celebrated the life, legacy and message of Dr. King with prolific speakers, inspiring music, song and dance, and the presentation of scholarships.

This year’s event is no different.

The event features Michele Norris, former NPR host and special correspondent, Founding director of The Race Card Project and Washington Post opinions contributor. We will also welcome a special performance led by Brian Owens, founder and executive director of L.I.F.E. Arts, Inc. and the E. Desmond Lee Fine Arts Collaborative Community Music Artist in Residence.

Please join us virtually on Monday January 18, 2021 at 11am.

Broadcast Link:

ODEI Spring 2021 Professional Development Calendar

As we wrap up this historic Fall 2020 semester, it’s time to start thinking ahead to the Spring!  ODEI is offering a full schedule of learning opportunities for all levels and time schedules.


Do you really want to help make a difference and move the needle towards inclusive excellence at UMSL?

These professional development opportunities are most impactful and effective when a critical mass of people within a department or work unit engages in this learning together.   Learning together provides a framework and shared understanding of diversity & inclusion concepts that can be used as a springboard for action.

Space is limited, so you are encouraged to register early.

Click here for information and registration.

You can also download the ODEI Professional Development Catalog Spring 2021 to share with your colleagues and keep as a reference.

Diversity Alliance Interview Series with Jonathan Lidgus

For our second Diversity Alliance Interview, we speak with the Director of the SUCCEED program, Jonathan Lidgus.

The SUCCEED program focuses on inclusion for all, by being one of the only programs in the nation to serve students of all ages with intellectual and developmental disabilities.

Jonathan talks about how he helped develop the SUCCEED program; how the program has changed his life; and, other ways he supports faculty, staff, and students with disabilities.

Election 2020: What Happened?

This has been an election like we have never seen before. You might be asking, Election 2020 What Happened flyerwhat’s next? Join us for a discussion led by Political Science faculty, Dr. David Kimball, Anita Manion, and Adriano Udani for a question and answer about the election results this Thursday, November 12th at 5 p.m.

Bring any question you might have and be prepared for an informative Q&A! Copy the Zoom link below and set a reminder in your calendar. See you there!

Date: November 12th, 2020

Time: 5:00 PM (CDT)


Nothing About us Without us: A Discussion About the Autistic Experience

ADP-0106_NothingAboutUsWithoutUsADiscussionAboutTheAutisticExperJoin our friends from the Able-Disable Partnership this Wednesday, for a panel discussion called, “Nothing About us Without us: A Discussion About the Autistic Experience”. The panel will explore the perspectives and lived experiences of autistic individuals. This will be a discussion you wont want to miss! Copy the Zoom link below and set a reminder in your calendar.

Date: November 11th, 2020

Time: 1:00 PM – 3:00 PM (CDT)


Passcode: 542677

Black Futurity Group Event Announcement

Dear UMSL Faculty, Staff, and Students,

The Black Futurity Group invites you to join us in a discussion of campus life and black student experience through a screening and talkback discussion of Dear White People.

When: Wednesday, November 18th at 6 pm

Where: Via Zoom, passcode: 805252

Screening: Dear White People, Season 1 Episode 1

For questions, contact  Kara Moskowitz (, Lauren Obermark (, or Kimberly Welch (

Native American Heritage Month

This week begins National Native American Heritage Month! During the month of November, Four Directions Indigenous Peoples and Allies (among others!) will be virtually celebrating Native Peoples and cultures with our theme of Indigenous Futurisms. We invite you to accept the challenge of attending at least one of these events. Click on the picture, copy the zoom link, and schedule a reminder in your calendar. This is an opportunity to learn more about another culture while we celebrate the heritage of Indigenous people’. Check it out!

Fall 2020 Newsletter

“The future depends on what we do in the present.”  – Mahatma Gandhi  

Welcome to Fall Semester 2020!!

It is an honor to serve as the new Vice Chancellor for Diversity, Equity & Inclusion and to work collectively with each of you in order to maintain an inclusive environment for all here at UMSL.

I am excited about this new opportunity and the expanded role of the office. Yet, I remain cognizant that with the great work that happens on this campus, there is still more to do. We are facing uncertainty as we navigate the space we are in-Covid 19, racial injustices, socio-economic disadvantages, transphobia and this “newness” will challenge us to think beyond what is customary, what is familiar to ways that better serve the direction of the institution and our campus community.

Every interaction that I have, every conversation that takes place, brings encouragement that we are positioned to make impactful and long-lasting positive changes. We have a long road ahead of us, but I remain confident that we will get there together  (crawling…walking…running…driving-maybe with a little road rage).

I look forward to what this academic year brings. Take care.


Tanisha Stevens



It is with sadness that we announce the retirement of Dorothea Scott. Dorothea served as the Compliance Manager-EEO Programs, ensuring the campus remained in compliance with federal, state, and local laws as it relates to employment policies and personnel actions. Prior to starting her career at UMSL, Dorothea worked for the U.S. Department of Labor, Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs for 25 years. Dorothea received a Masters Degree in Communication Studies  from the University of Kansas,  a Bachelors Degree in Speech Communication from Oklahoma Christian College and an Associate Degree in Speech Communication from Southwestern Christian College.

Dorothea has been an integral part of the office and has been a welcoming presence to us all, a confidant to many and a reassuring voice to all those who enter Woods Hall. Her knowledge (and humor) is valuable and her hard work, commitment and dedication to UMSL and to the UM System is admirable.

To quote Dorothea “Continued blessings and much success to you…Be blessed and stay safe.

Help me in congratulating Dorothea. Thank you for your years of hard work and dedication to our team!! You will be missed.


UMSL a recipient of INSIGHT Into Diversity magazine’s 2020 HEED Award 

INSIGHT Into Diversity magazine named UMSL as one of 90 recipients of its prestigious 2020 Higher Education Excellence in Diversity Award – a national honor recognizing U.S. colleges and universities that demonstrate an outstanding commitment to diversity and inclusion.

“The HEED Award process consists of a comprehensive and rigorous application that includes questions relating to the recruitment and retention of students and employees — and best practices for both — continued leadership support for diversity, and other aspects of campus diversity and inclusion,” said Lenore Pearlstein, publisher of INSIGHT Into Diversity magazine. “We take a detailed approach to reviewing each application in deciding who will be named a HEED Award recipient. Our standards are high, and we look for institutions where diversity and inclusion are woven into the work being done every day across their campus.”

Read more about the award 


We are happy to offer a full schedule of online professional development programs for the Fall/Spring 2020-2021. Please visit our blog for the full schedule.

  • NEW! Diversity 101 Synchronous and Self-Paced Courses – In addition to the standard format on Canvas,  Diversity 101 is now being offered both as synchronous course (via zoom) and a self-paced course! Click here for more information.
  • NEW! Anti-Racism Learning & Discussion Series. Faculty & Staff will meeting via Zoom monthly to discuss readings and videos.  Click here for more information.
  • NEW! Constructive Communication Across Differences Three-part Series


Last month, the ODEI hosted the inaugural meeting of the Diversity Alliance Network. The Diversity Alliance is a network of over 40 faculty and staff who support diversity and inclusion efforts within academic departments and administrative units at UMSL. The purpose of the Diversity Alliance Network is to share information, build collaborations, enhance the flow of communication about DEI programs/initiatives, and to provide a supportive environment as we continue to promote and enhance diversity and inclusion across campus. Future ODEI newsletters will feature stories about the work of Diversity Alliance members. Stay tuned!


“No person in the United States shall, on the basis of sex, be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination under any education program or activity receiving federal financial assistance.”

Sex-based discrimination occurs when a person has been treated inequitably, based on sex, pregnancy, gender identity or gender expression. Sex discrimination is prohibited by university policy and federal law in educational programs, activities and employment, receiving federal financial assistance. The university policy applies to all students, employees, volunteers and visitors at the university and prohibits sexual harassment, sexual misconduct and other forms of sex discrimination as defined in Section 600.020 of the Collected Rules and Regulations.

The Department of Education (DOE) implemented regulations to Title IX, which went into effect August 14, 2020. Chapter 600 of the University’s Collected Rules and Regulations was updated to ensure compliance with the federal regulations. Over the next several months, we will introduce the most significant changes required by the recent implemented regulations. The first significant regulatory change is the definition of:

Sexual Harassment Defined

The DOE has provided a definition of sexual harassment which is specific and required to meet one of the following criteria:

  • Unwelcome conduct determined by a reasonable person to be so severe, pervasive and objectively offensive that it effectively denies a person equal access to the recipient’s (UMSL) educational program or activity.
  • Quid Pro Quo (This for That)
  • Sexual assault, dating violence, domestic violence and/or stalking as defined under the U.S. Codes.

The DOE and the United States Supreme Court have found that sexual harassment is a form of sexual discrimination, prohibited by Title IX. Prior guidance defined sexual harassment as “unwelcome conduct of a sexual nature” that may include “unwelcome sexual advances, request for sexual favors, and other verbal, nonverbal, or physical conduct of a sexual nature.” Prior guidance and the Office for Civil Rights (OCR) pushed schools to address the harassment “before” it became severe or pervasive, in order to help prevent the development of a hostile environment.

In our next newsletter, we will address mandated reporting and the formal complaint.

See Information About…

Report-a-Barrier – Please use our new online reporting system to report any barriers to accessibility on UMSL’s campus or website.

ODEI has a New Home! –  Our new office will be open to visitors as soon as all COVID 19 restrictions have been removed. Our new address is:

University of Missouri- St. Louis
152 JC Penney
One University Blvd.
St. Louis, MO 63121-4400