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Juneteenth 2024 Activities in the St. Louis Region

Dear Campus Community,

Below is a brief list highlighting some of the incredible community-building events organized by various groups across the St. Louis Region to celebrate Juneteenth this year.

If there is a Juneteenth 2024 celebration we are missing please inform us by sending an email to odei@umsl.edu so we can add it here.

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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

Message from the Interim Director

ODEI joins in the collective outrage over the unjustifiable killings of African Americans and people of color, most recently in the deaths of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor and Ahmaud Arbery. Social injustices and the impact of systemic racism weighs heavy and takes a toll on us mentally and physically. The immediate question is how we at the university respond when our campus community is experiencing feelings of anger, hurt, grief, and fear…I believe that the first step is acknowledgement and affirmation of those experiences and to provide the space to do so.

I was reminded of a post that stated “When HATE is loud, LOVE must not be silent.” To this end, ODEI has created the UMSL CommUNITY Conversation Series, to provide virtual and in-person forums for continued dialogues. The first event-“Virtual Gathering for Racial Unity” is scheduled for Thursday, June 18, 2020 from 12:00 pm-1:30 pm. The facilitated panel discussion will allow individuals to come together in order to process, share and listen.

ODEI is committed to promoting diversity, equity, inclusion, social justice and action. ODEI partners with individuals, offices, and departments across campus to collaborate on diversity and inclusion initiatives. Additionally, we are providing virtual opportunities for faculty and staff to engage and learn throughout the summer and will continue to expand our curriculum to be responsive to our current context. We also have developed a robust set of resources to facilitate learning and awareness about self and others; to help individuals and departments have conversations about race; and to increase understanding and usage of inclusive language. As new content and learning opportunities develop, we will share them in our new (soon to be launch) blog.

Each of us has a passion and a purpose. I encourage you to ask what you can do individually and collectively to help our community.



Dr. Tanisha Stevens
Interim Director, Office of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion