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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!

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)


Registration now open: ODEI 2021-2022 Professional Development

The Office of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion welcomes you back to the 2021-2022 academic year with a full line-up professional development opportunities, both online and (potentially) in-person.  Come expand your knowledge, awareness, and skills in a supportive and inclusive learning environment with colleagues from all over campus.

All ODEI programs offer the opportunity to earn a digital credential (badge) that you can share with your social media networks, add to your signature line, your e-portfolio, and performance review files.

Click here to learn more! 

Winding down Pride Month 2021

Dear Community,

As we wind down Pride Month 2021, we want to remind you that there are things we can do every day to help ensure that LGBTQ+ members of our community feel seen and safe.

10 Ways to create a more inclusive campus for LGBTQ + Community
10 Ways to create a more inclusive campus for LGBTQ + Community 

DOWNLOAD: 10 Ways to create a more inclusive campus for LGBTQ + Community

Although as country we are making progress, as noted in the Presidential Proclamation on Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer Pride Month, 2021, we still have a long way to go.  But as long as we do become complacent and continue the work, we will continue to improve as a campus and society.

Join ODEI for the Spring Core Concept Series


Click here for more information and registration:

April 20     Moving Towards Inclusive Excellence: Introduction to Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

April 27     Understanding Ourselves, Understanding Others: Introduction to Identity and Intersectionality

May 4     What’s culture got to do with it? Introduction to Culture, Communication, and Values

May 11     Obstacles to inclusion: Introduction to implicit bias, microaggressions, stereotype threat, and imposter syndrome

May 18     Making the invisible visible: Introduction to Social Privilege and Normative Power

Register here. 

You can earn the Diversity Ambassador Badge by attending at least 3 sessions AND getting a colleague to attend at least two sessions.

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 

Work it Girl!


Work it Girl: Women with Disabilities Making their Mark

Come celebrate diversity and inclusion with UMSL SucceedUMSL Succeed is an inclusive post-secondary education program for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities. UMSL Succeed provides students with opportunities to learn, work, live and play. As part of an Intersectionality Series, UMSL Succeed will host various events to celebrate and understand the dynamic ways individuals with disabilities form their identities. Additionally, the series will provide students, educators, and families the opportunity to learn more about post-secondary options for individuals with intellectual disabilities.

Join us on March 17th from 4-5:30PM for a discussion about the intersectionality of gender and disability. Our guests, Letisha Wexstten and Ivy Kennedy, will share their experiences as women with disabilities! Educators who register for the event will be sent supplemental materials for students.

Register here:

Work it Girl! 2021 link

ODEI Spring 2021 Professional Development Calendar

As we wrap up this historic Fall 2020 semester, it’s time to start thinking ahead to the Spring!  ODEI is offering a full schedule of learning opportunities for all levels and time schedules.


Do you really want to help make a difference and move the needle towards inclusive excellence at UMSL?

These professional development opportunities are most impactful and effective when a critical mass of people within a department or work unit engages in this learning together.   Learning together provides a framework and shared understanding of diversity & inclusion concepts that can be used as a springboard for action.

Space is limited, so you are encouraged to register early.

Click here for information and registration.

You can also download the ODEI Professional Development Catalog Spring 2021 to share with your colleagues and keep as a reference.

Welcome to ODEI’s blog

Welcome to the first edition of the Office of Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Blog! The hope is that the blog will serve as a resource to increase knowledge and gain information about diversity and inclusion efforts here at the institution as well as in the Saint Louis community.