April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month: Donate to Safe Connections!

April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month.  To show our support and bring awareness to the issues facing victims of sexual violence, the
Title IX Office is once again sponsoring a drive to support Safe Connections, one of the region’s oldest and largest victim support organizations working to prevent and end domestic and sexual violence.

Donations of the items listed below will assist Safe Connections in helping survivors of domestic and sexual assault.  Beginning April 16th through April 30th, donation bins will be located throughout the campus community, including Woods Hall, Arts Administration Building, MSC (1st and 2nd floors) and Marillac Hall.

If you have any questions, please contact Dana Beteet Daniels, Title IX Coordinator (Dana@umsl.edu) or Jessica Swederske, Deputy Title IX Coordinator (swederskej@umsl.edu).  For more information about Safe Connections, please visit their website at: https://www.safeconnections.org/ .

 Wish list items and donation suggestions:

  • Candles to help with relaxation and self-care;
  • Books for teenage clients for some escapism/self-care time; Some recent book requests: The Hate you Give, Long Way Down, All the Light We Cannot See, Dark Descent of Elizabeth Frankenstein, A Reaper at the Gates;
  • Gift Cards in small denominations ($5 or $10) (to Aldi, Schnucks, Quiktrip, Walgreens, etc.) can be dropped off in the Human Resources Office located in 211 Arts Administration Building.
  • Safe Connections is also accepting toiletries (although they, thankfully, have a large supply currently).

We also want to let you know that
Denim Day will take place
Wednesday, April 24, 2019 between 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. in the MSC.  Denim Day is an annual event in which people are encouraged to wear jeans to raise awareness of rape and sexual assault.

Dana Beteet Daniels and Jessica Swederske

UMSL 2019 Women’s Trailblazer Awards

The campus community is invited to attend the 2019 Women’s Trailblazer Program, Thursday March 21st at 2:00 p.m., in JC Penney Summit Lounge.  Please plan to attend as the campus recognizes and celebrates women of the University of Missouri St. Louis Community who have “blazed” new trails.  This year’s theme is “Visionary Women: Champions of Peace and Nonviolence,“ celebrating women who have led efforts to end war, violence, and injustice and pioneered the use of nonviolence to change society.  Please view the event flyer.

Betty Van Uum, Assistant to the Chancellor for Public Affairs and Economic Development, will be guest speaker for this celebration honoring the 2019 UMSL Trailblazers. A reception will be held immediately following the event.

Any questions should be directed to the Office of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion – 516-5695.

UMSL Community Pledges Their #1 Thing During Domestic Violence Awareness Month

Thank you to the UMSL community for coming to the HR/Title IX “#1 Thing” information table during Domestic Violence Awareness Month to share the #1 Thing you pledge to take action to promote social change.  Doing your part to end domestic violence may look different for each of us, but the one thing we all have in common is our ability to take action.  We received quite a few community pledges from  students, faculty and staff of the UMSL community and we wanted to share some with you: Continue reading “UMSL Community Pledges Their #1 Thing During Domestic Violence Awareness Month”

Do #1 Thing in Observance of Domestic Violence Awareness Month

October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month and we’re challenging you to find the “one thing” you can do to promote social change and then…takeACTION!!  Doing your part to end domestic violence may look different for each of us, but the one thing we all have in common is our ability to take action.  Social justice movements thrive when each person does their part in advancing the cause.  It can take many forms, from educating a loved one about micro aggression, to volunteering for a local crisis line or sharing your personal story of resilience as a survivor.  Here are some examples of
#1 Thing that you can do:

#1 Thing I will do to address #DV is to speak out when I see microaggressions.

Do #1 Thing to make a difference to a survivor of #DV – Learn More!

My #1 Thing is to let a victim of #DV know that they DO matter.

Throughout the month of October, we want you to share  Your “#1 Thing” that can make a difference and help promote social change.  Come visit us at the UTable October 17 or 18 to share your “#1 Thing” to make a difference.  We’ll be there from 11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. both days!

Required Online Training Modules through myLearn – Deadline September 30th

Training is an important part of ensuring a safe and positive learning and workplace environment for our University community. Your required annual training is now available in myLearn and must be completed by September 30.

Beginning September 23, you will receive daily alerts until your requirement has been met. Supervisors will be informed of their direct reports’ completion status as the process continues.

To complete your online course, sign into myLearn and select the “Learning Plan” icon in the upper right-hand corner of the screen. You may launch required training from your Learning Plan page. Please note, training required for this fiscal year will be clearly marked as due on September 30, 2018. Training required for next year may already be viewable on this page, but will be marked with a due date of 2019. You do not need to complete that training at this time.

Possible training requirements

Please note, some faculty and staff members will have additional required modules in their myLearn learning plan. Below are training modules required for all faculty and staff.

Building a Foundation: Discrimination Prevention and Title IX (Refresher) – The UM System has an ongoing commitment to support and promote inclusion, respect and diversity. Faculty and staff are required to complete online compliance training every two years. If you completed Building a Foundation last fiscal year, review a brief refresher.

Please note, myLearn only tracks course completion status and date. Therefore, when you review the refresher, it will not show as “complete.” If you are unsure of your Title IX course completion from last fiscal year, please review your myLearn learning transcript, located on the left hand navigation menu of the myLearn home page.

Campus Alert Training – In order to better protect and empower our community, the UM System and our university colleagues have developed Campus Alert Training to provide information on the Emergency Alert System and how you can assess and respond to emergency situations.

Global IT Security Basics – Because so much of what we do involves technology in some form, University policy requires faculty and staff to complete Global IT Security Basics training annually to protect University information assets and IT systems, and to protect yourself from cybercriminals.

Questions about accessing or completing Title IX or Campus Alert Training

If you have questions about accessing or completing Title IX or Campus Alert Training, reach out to the HR Service Center at 573-882-2146, toll-free at 800-488-5288 or via email at hrservicecenter@umsystem.edu. For questions relating to Global IT Security Basics, please contact the UM Chief Information Security Officer at umciso@umsystem.edu for assistance.

If you have a disability as defined by the Americans with Disabilities Act and require specific accommodations, such as alternate formats of the courses, please contact UM Human Resources at umhrcareersandculture@umsystem.edu or dial 573-884-1878. Human Resources will make every effort to provide an accommodation.

What’s Your #1 Thing?

October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month and we’re challenging you to find the “one thing” you can do to promote social change and then, take ACTION!!  Doing your part to end domestic violence may look different for each of us, but the one thing we all have in common is our ability to take action.  Social justice movements thrive when each person does their part in advancing the cause.  It can take many forms, from educating a loved one about microaggression, to volunteering for a local crisis line or sharing your personal story of resilience as a survivor.

Throughout the month of October, we will share some of Your “#1 Things” that can make a difference and help promote social change.  If you want to share Your “#1 Thing” with others, please email Dana@umsl.edu and we may feature your efforts in our next HR Update!

Thank you UMSL Community


The Human Resources Title IX Office appreciates donations the UMSL community provided in our sponsorship drive to support Safe Connections.  As one of the region’s oldest and largest victim support organizations, Safe Connections works to prevent and end domestic and sexual violence.  Through your generosity, we were able to collect a variety of items that will assist Safe Connections in helping survivors of domestic and sexual assault.  Thank you for helping to make the drive a SUCCESS!!

Dana Beteet Daniels, Title IX Coordinator
Jessica Swederske, Deputy Title IX Coordinator