Join us for the 2022 Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday Observance

Embracing the Dream in a Season of Uncertainty

Featuring Yamiche Alcindor: anchor and moderator, “Washington Week”; White House correspondent, “PBS NewsHour”; Washington correspondent with NBC News

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January 17, 2022 | 11 a.m.
University of Missouri–St. Louis
Touhill Performing Arts Center
1 Touhill Circle, St. Louis, MO 63121


Proudly Sponsored By:

  • African American Alumni Chapter
  • Chancellor’s Cultural Diversity Council
  • Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority, Inc., Zeta Sigma Chapter
  • St. Louis Public Radio
  • Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc., Xi Zeta Chapter

For additional information, please contact the UMSL Office of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion at

Introducing the Chancellor’s Certificate in Workplace DEI for the St. Louis Community

UMSL’s Office of Diversity, Equity & Inclusion is launching its first-ever professional development program open to professionals in the St. Louis community!

The Chancellor’s Certificate in Workplace Diversity, Equity & Inclusion  is a highly interactive, fully online, non-credit bearing professional development program that explores the concepts of diversity, equity, and inclusion in the workplace.  Participation in this program will help prepare individuals to:

  • be advocates and leaders around diversity and inclusion issues
  • work more effectively with people from different backgrounds
  • make workplaces more welcoming and inclusive for everyone!

This credential will be of value in any job sector including business, education, public service, healthcare, etc.

Click here to learn more!

Winter break, a great time to keep on learning!

It is challenging to find time to do anything extra these days, especially during the busy semester.  So, winter break is a great time to make time for some of those things we keep meaning to do!

We in the ODEI hope that one of those things is to continue your learning journey in diversity, equity, and inclusion! To that end,  the ODEI has an exciting new set of resources to offer you!

First, our wonderful graduate assistant, Clare Dudoit (Social Work, MSW), has spent the semester doing a major upgrade to our Learning Resources library.  You will now find a very robust set of multi-media resources (videos, blogs, articles) on a variety of topics.

Additionally, you may want to explore our Percipio Channel  (UMSL log in required), a curated set of Percipio resources as well as customized content such as the Inclusive Language Series  featuring special guest speakers from UMSL’s talented pool of faculty and staff.

And don’t forget, when the Spring semester begins, so will the ODEI professional development offerings!

We look forward to seeing you next year!

Thanksgiving, a time for reflection and gratitude

Thanksgiving is always a time to reflect on and express our gratitude.  Even as we find ourselves still battling a global pandemic in which so many of us have lost so much, we are reminded of all that is precious and that nothing can be taken for granted anymore.

We are also still grieving and striving to overcome all the racial injustices that continue to plague this country, but now with renewed attention, energy, and hope.  In this spirit, we should not forget that our cherished Thanksgiving tradition is also a story of trauma, loss, and resilience for Native Americans, Indigenous, and First Nations people.

We can honor their stories and expand our understanding of the meanings of Thanksgiving by learning more!  A Racial Justice Guide to Thanksgiving is a curated set of informational and pedagogical resources provided by Center for Racial Justice in Education in order to highlight and uplift the perspectives and contributions of Native American communities.      

We at ODEI wish you a safe, reflective, and festive holiday and break!

Documentary Watch Party & Discussion of Talking Black in America

Join the Black Futurity Group for their next event:

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“Transformative Question Series” Part II:   What’s Language Got to Do With It?

Documentary Watch Party & Discussion of Talking Black in America

Monday, November 15, 12-1:30

Location: Express Scripts Hall 003

Modality: Documentary will be screened on campus (and cannot be screened effectively via Zoom), but you can also watch ahead of time on your own and join the discussion via Zoom. Contact Lauren Obermark ( and/or Kim Welch ( for links to hop into the discussion remotely!

Green Zone Training is back!

In honor of Veteran’s Day, the UMSL Veterans Center is proud to bring back Green Zone training, an interactive program that will help you better understand militarily culture, the student veterans on our campus, how to support them, and all the strength and experience they bring to the UMSL  community.

Tuesday November 23, 2001 from 10:00-11:30 in Anheuser-Busch Hall.

Space is limited and registration is required. Click here to register.

Inclusive Language Series Available on Percipio!

The ODEI just wrapped up another thought-provoking Inclusive Language Series.  This series provided an opportunity to learn about currently appropriate and affirming terminology as well as the reasoning behind why these terms are generally preferred.  Thanks to the gracious agreement of the presenters and attendees, these sessions were recorded are now available for your learning pleasure on Percipio!

Click here to access the video series (UMSL or UM System login required)


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