Category Archives: Events

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.



2023 Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday Observance

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 (UMSL). Since the university’s inaugural Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday Observance on January 18, 1988, the campus community has celebrated the life and legacy of Dr. King with prolific speakers, inspiring music, and a scholarship presentation to our outstanding UMSL students. 

Please join us for this year’s celebration, “Give us the ballot!! How do we leverage the power of our collective voices to impact change” featuring Cliff AlbrightExecutive Director and Co-Founder of Black Voters Matter with a musical performance by the Sheldon’s All-Star Chorus under the direction of Maria A. Ellis, Director (owner of Girl Conductor, LLC & UMSL alumnae). The annual celebration will take place on Monday, January 16, 2023 at 11am at the Blanche M. Touhill Performing Arts Center here on campus.


For additional information, visit the ODEI website

Speaking Freely: Silencing and Amplifying Voices, Votes, and You

Speaking Freely: Silencing and Amplifying Voices, Votes, and You

Presented by Alan Heisel and Lara Zwarun

Monday, September 19 from 12:30 to 1:00 p.m.  Password:  THE14TH

Join the UMSL community for a 30 minute conversation about how communication theory and research can explain public narratives involving congressional districting, gerrymandering, the 14th amendment, and the Supreme Court of the United States. A primary focus will be on how media coverage has and continues to influence awareness and discourse regarding this critical issue. See the attached flyer for information.

Also, be sure to stop by the Quad on Tuesday, September 20 to celebrate National Voter Registration Day!


Supported by the Office of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, Department of Communication and Media, and the UMSL Civic Engagement Coalition


National Hispanic Heritage Month


Every year from September 15 to October 15, Americans celebrate National Hispanic Heritage Month by appreciating the community’s history, heritage, and contributions of the ancestors of American citizens who came from Mexico, Spain, the Caribbean, and South- and Central America.” Learn more about National Hispanic Heritage Month

Explore local celebrations: Greater St. Louis Hispanic Festival-September 23-25, 2022

Look out for information regarding events, programming during the campus’ celebration!!

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