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

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!

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

Hispanic Heritage Month

Fiesta de Quince a Quince is the kick-off to a month long celebration of the beautiful and rich Hispanic and Latin culture and heritage from the 15th to the 15th. Enjoy the kick off event with its cultural foods, music and dancing. Also, learn about the other wonderful events we have coming throughout the month!

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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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Celebrate Asian American Pacific Islander Heritage Month

Here are several resources to help you learn about and celebrate the rich diversity of AAPI cultures!

Resource from Insight into Diversity:

AAPI Heritage Month, celebrated each year in May, is intended to develop awareness of and celebrate the rich cultures and contributions of America’s fastest growing demographic group. In 2021, this time for celebration falls in the midst of a worsening crisis of racism and violence against some of the nearly 20 million AAPIs living in the U.S. today. The March murder of six women of Asian descent during a shooting in Atlanta and an escalating number of anti-Asian hate crimes has brought this often overlooked population to the forefront of the nation’s anti-racism movement. In solidarity with this community, we highlight recent releases by six celebrated authors who convey diverse AAPI experiences through the power of fiction, poetry, and essay.


 Click here to watch the UMSL Townhall sponsored by the UMSL Staff Association, the College of Arts & Sciences, the College of Education, and the Office of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

Here are resources for combating Asian Hate. Resources – Town Hall_ We Are Not A Virus – Tritons Against Asian Hate

The Library of Congress, National Archives and Records Administration, National Endowment for the Humanities, National Gallery of Art, National Park Service, Smithsonian Institution and United States Holocaust Memorial Museum join in paying tribute to the generations of Asian and Pacific Islanders who have enriched America’s history and are instrumental in its future success.  Visit the collection and calendar of events! 

Celebrate Asian Pacific American Heritage Month this May and every day with a special PBS collection of stories that explores the history, traditions and culture of Asians and Pacific Islanders in the United States.

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

Women Trailblazers

In celebration of Women’s History Month, the Office of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion in partnership with Gender Studies presents the 26th annual Women Trailblazer’s Award Ceremony honoring UMSL women—faculty, staff, students, and alumnae. The event will take place on Wednesday, March 24, 2021 at 2:00pm.
Please join us for a live broadcast:

Download the event flyer here: Trailblazer event graphic (3)

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STL Virtual Tour from the Missouri Historical Society

St. Louis was born as a French fur trading village ruled by the
Spanish. Staring down the Americans across the river, the
village would become a mix of French culture, Spanish rule,
and American influence. These ever-changing currents
affected women in unexpected ways. As governments
changed, so did the protection of widows, property rights,
enslavement laws, and more. Learn about the fascinating
women, both famous and not, whose fates were tied to the
three flags that flew over St. Louis.

UMSL Women’s History Month Event:
Missouri Historical Society
Join the tour on Wednesday, March 17, 6:30-8:00pm

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