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About Marlo G, Hode

Director of Conflict Resolution & Mediation Services UMSL Office of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

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 

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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Registration is now open for Diversity 101!

The Office of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion is partnering with MU Extension to offer:

Diversity 101:  DEI in the Academic Workplace
Fully online professional development course
January 23-June 7, 2023

This course is free and open to all UM System employees, so it presents a unique opportunity to engage with folks from all four campuses, as well as Extension faculty and staff from around the state.

In this highly interactive online course, you will gain knowledge, awareness, and communication skills for providing leadership around diversity and inclusion issues; working more effectively with people from backgrounds different than your own; and for making our campuses more welcoming and inclusive for everyone.  This peer-learning centered course is designed to engage people who are new to the topic as well as those who had more exposure to these topics and issues.

Full participation in the course involves review and reflection of the content (on Canvas) so that you can actively participate in one online (asynchronous) dialogue per module (total of 9). There are also four live Zoom dialogues (February 1, March 8, April 26, and June 7).  Participants will earn a digital badge for completion of the course requirements.

Click here for more information and registration.

Chancellor’s Inclusive Excellence-Celebrating Diversity Award

The Chancellor’s Cultural Diversity Council (CCDC) is seeking nominations for the Chancellor’s Inclusive Excellence-Celebrating Diversity Award. The award recognizes the contributions of individuals who promote diversity, equity, and inclusion in their respective work at the institution. This award celebrates faculty and staff members who embody the university’s commitment to a welcoming, diverse, and inclusive learning and working environment. The recipient of this award will receive $1,000 and will be honored at the Chancellor’s State of the University Address.

Members of the campus community are invited to nominate individuals:

  • Who serve as advocates for diversity, equity, and inclusion at the interpersonal, departmental and/or institutional level;
  • Who demonstrate a commitment to the advancement of diversity, equity and inclusion at UMSL and/or in the community through research, teaching, service and/or collaborative partnerships;
  • Who exhibit a commitment to creating a culture of inclusion within their areas of influence; and/or
  • Who have implemented an initiative, project and/or program that cultivates/advances/models diversity, equity and inclusion at UMSL or within the community.

The deadline to nominate an outstanding faculty or staff member for the Chancellor’s Inclusive Excellence-Celebrating Diversity Award is July 11th!

Please submit the nomination here:

For questions, please contact the Office of Diversity, Equity & Inclusion at

ODEI Summer 2022 Professional Development

ODEI invites you to dedicate some time this summer to your personal and professional growth & development and earn a few digital badges along the way!  We are offering in-person, on Zoom, and self-paced learning opportunities.

Click here to download the schedule or follow the links below. ODEI Summer Professional Development 2022

Core Concepts Series

This introductory level series provides an opportunity to learn about foundational concepts of diversity, equity, and inclusion in a judgement-free zone.  Participants will earn a digital badge upon completion of the session evaluation.  You have the option to take each session in person or on Zoom. Click here for information and registration.

Self-Paced Learning

If you prefer unscheduled learning, check out our offerings of courses and resources for self-paced learning.

ODEI and UMSL ADVANCE Launch Equity Advisor Training Program

Thanks to the generous support of the National Science Foundation for UMSL ADVANCE, the Office of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion is pleased to announce Equity Advisor Training in Summer 2022.  To help UMSL achieve our Inclusive Excellence and ADVANCE initiatives and goals, Equity Advisors serve as a resource to support faculty and staff committee work by providing guidance for best practices in the recruitment, retention, and promotion of high-quality faculty and staff.  Equity advisors provide an equity-lens regarding gender, race, ethnicity, and other dimensions of identity so that search, promotion, and other academic processes are equitable and inclusive across all departments/units, including those in STEM.

Click here to learn more!

Learn how to support student veterans!

Join colleagues from across campus for Green Zone training! 

March 22, 2022 from 10:00-11:30 am in ABH 103

Space is limited. Registration required. Click here to register. 

This interactive program will educate staff and faculty on military and veteran culture;  provide information on how to support student veterans; and highlight what our student veterans bring to the UMSL community.  Participants in this session will learn :

    • basic military terminology, structure, and a brief overview military culture as well as the unique subcultures of each branch of service.
    • the strengths/benefits that student veterans bring to campus and the challenges that they face.
    • ways to support student veterans at UMSL ranging from interactions inside/outside the classroom to struggles with VA benefits.
    • about the Veterans Center and what is offers students, staff, and faculty as well as what makes us stand out in our STL community.


  • Joshua Evans, Coordinator/VA Certifying Official
  • Robin Kimberlin, Associate Director of Student Advocacy and Care

Questions? Contact Joshua Evans

ODEI CommUNITY Series (March event)

Join us for the first Spring 2022 ODEI CommUNITY Series Event!

These events are opportunities to build community while we build skills and foster understanding.  Stay tuned for upcoming events!

Our kick-off event is a facilitated workshop on Radical Listening.  Radical Listening is an approach to engagement and dialogue that focuses on bearing witness to people’s stories. Participants will learn skills to actively focus, practice pausing and confirm with others the accuracy of our understanding of their stories and experiences. Open to all members of the UMSL community!

This workshop will be led by special guest facilitator, Tabari Coleman. Tabari is a training consultant and social justice advocate known for his thoughtful but direct approach in facilitating dialogue sessions that focus on effective communication and building empathy. With more than 18 years-experience in diversity and inclusion training and social justice work, he brings a wealth of knowledge, passion, and expertise to his work.

Please register for one of the following options:

March 10, 2022 from 10-11am. Click here to register for this session.

March 17, 2022  11-12pmClick here to register for this session.


UMSL ADVANCE launches website to support women in STEM

new website launching today – appropriately on International Day of Women and Girls in Science – will serve to highlight that continuing work. The site – – outlines the project’s three overlapping and complementary action areas, provides a list of resources for women faculty members and features space to spotlight some of their work, including links to stories that appear in UMSL Daily.

Read the rest of this story in the UMSL Daily Blog.

Race, Crime, and Justice Speaker Series

How Racial Inequality Impacts our communities concerning Crime and Justice

In partnership with the University of Missouri in St. Louis (UMSL) Criminal Justice Department, Gateway Human Trafficking is pleased to announce that Dr. Rostami’s Race, Crime, and Justice Course live guest speaker sessions are now open to the public.

These sessions are offered online via Zoom. During these weekly live sessions, we will discuss various issues concerning Race, Crime, and Justice in our communities that makes people of color more vulnerable to crimes and obstacles they are experiencing to get justice.

Session 1: Hispanics in America; Wednesday, February 16, 2022; 5-6 pm (CST)

Session 2: Immigrants in America; Monday, February 21, 2022; 5-6 pm

Session 3: Racially Motivated Hate Crimes; Monday, February 28, 2022; 5-6 pm (CST)

Session 4: Native Americans in America; Monday, March 7, 2022; 5-6 pm (CST)

Session 5: African American Community; Monday, March 14, 2022; 5-6 pm (CST)

Session 6: Community Policing; Monday, March 21, 2022; 5-6 pm (CST)

Session 7: Mass Incarceration; Monday, April 4, 2022; 5-6 pm (CST)

Session 8: Racial Disparities and Human Trafficking; Monday, April 11, 2022; 5-6 pm (CST)

Click here for more information and to register.