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Welcome to the Fall 2022 Semester!!

At UMSL, we are more impactful when we lean into our collective efforts to foster and advance diversity, equity, inclusion and belonging. Our hope is that the campus community will continue to build connections, to engage in conversations and commit to fostering a welcoming culture where all feel valued. There are some amazing individuals engaged in courageous, challenging yet inspiring work across campus. As we begin the academic semester, be on the lookout for the ODEI calendar, which will not only highlight programming and trainings within the office, but also across the institution. We encourage you to attend events, engage in commUNITY conversations and professional development opportunities throughout the year. 

Additionally, join us for the State of the University’s Address on Wednesday, September 1st as we acknowledge the great work at UMSL and celebrate the Chancellor’s Inclusive Excellence-Celebrating Diversity awardee and others.

Cheers to a successful and transformative semester!

~Dr. Tanisha Stevens

ODEI Spring Newsletter

TRITONS UNITED Presents: Bystander Intervention- Resource Tabling Event


Please join UMSL’s Tritons United in the month of August for National Bystander Intervention Awareness Month on Monday, 08/29th, 2022 from 11:00am- 1:00pm in UMSL’s MSC- The Bridge. We will be in person & on-hand to provide opportunities to speak with both UMSL & local area community victim advocates, health, counseling & other support services, & first responders.

You can ask questions, and/or obtain gender-based violence resources. Drop in & say “Hi!” There will be freebies & giveaways! #bystander #NBAM #GBV #genderbasedviolence #metoo #umsltritonsunited #UMSL

Event Details:

 Monday, August 29 at 11:00am to 1:00pm

 MSC- The Bridge, 1 University Blvd., St. Louis, MO 63121-4400, United States

Women Trailblazer Award Ceremony

In celebration of Women’s History Month, the Office of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion presents the 27th annual Women Trailblazer’s Award Ceremony honoring UMSL women—faculty, staff, students, and alumnae who continue to “blaze trails” at UMSL and in the greater community that we serve. The event will take place on Wednesday, March 23, 2022 at 2:00pm in the MSC Century Rooms.

Sarah Fenske, “St. Louis On The Air” Host/Producer (STLPR) will serve as the Mistress of Ceremony and Coach Shaquan, Certified Relationship Coach & Leadership Expert (PRT Coaching Services) will serve as this year’s guest speaker.

We would be honored if you would join us in recognizing the accomplishment of the 2022 Trailblazers.


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

Juneteenth-Freedom Day

Juneteenth, “also known as Freedom Day, Jubilee Day, Liberation Day, and Emancipation Day– is a holiday celebrating the emancipation of those who had been enslaved in the United States. Originating in Galveston, Texas, it is now celebrated annually on June 19 throughout the United States, with increasing official recognition. It is commemorated on the anniversary date of the June 19, 1865, announcement of General Order No. 3 by Union Army general Gordon Granger, proclaiming freedom from slavery in Texas.

We have highlighted several events below that celebrate the importance of this historic day.

Missouri Historical Society 2021 Juneteenth Celebration

Throughout the month of June, the Missouri History Museum will be welcoming audiences to gather virtually and  in-person to celebrate Juneteenth.

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Juneteenth Celebration at The Field House Museum

The Field House Museum is proud to host Julius B. Anthony, President of St. Louis Black Authors of Children’s Literature, and Linda M. Nance, Founding President of The Annie Malone Historical Society, for this special event jointly celebrating our partnerships and Juneteenth.”

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Juneteenth Freedom Festival

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2021 Juneteenth Community Ride

This Juneteenth, celebrate St. Louis’s Black artists, musicians and history with a bike ride featuring live music.  Join Trailnet, 4 The Ville, and the Missouri Historical Society.

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Juneteenth Havdalah W/ MoHo STL

“To celebrate Juneteenth, we will be sharing poems, songs and/or prayers from Black authors, around the bonfire. Themes can include freedom, resistance, power, strength – or whatever you feel speaks to to the themes of the historic Juneteenth.”

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Juneteenth Community Celebration-Emerson YMCA

“Our community event is open to everyone and FREE of charge! The theme is “Breaking Barriers.”

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Spring 2021 Newsletter

UMSL respects, inspires, engages, values, promotes and offers opportunities to our campus community. To this end, we remain excited about the work that continues to happen here at the University!

Check out our Spring 2021 newsletter here: Spring 2021 Newsletter

Sexual Assault Awareness and Prevention Month

Sexual Assault Awareness Month | The Women's Community, Inc.

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

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