ODEI Virtual Professional Development Series for Faculty and Staff

On behalf of the Office of Diversity, Equity & Inclusion

The Office of Diversity Equity and Inclusion is now offering a great way to stay connected to your UMSL colleagues, as well as boost your knowledge, awareness, and skills for enhancing diversity & inclusion on campus.  Registration is required. You can sign up for any or all of the sessions offered.

All sessions take place on Zoom and require a web cam to participate. You can download the Zoom app on your phone if your computer does not have a webcam.


Participants earn 25 Wellness Points and a digital badge.

Diversity & Inclusion Foundations April 9, 2020 1:00 –2:30 pm
The purpose of this session is to provide participants with some foundational concepts related to creating an organizational culture that is welcoming and inclusive. In this session, participants will a) gain a nuanced understanding of the various meanings of, and the potential impact of, diversity in higher education and the workplace, b) gain an understanding of the new inclusive excellence framework, c) explore the impact of identities in workplace interactions and relationships, and d) learn some critical concepts for improving workplace relationships, practices, and culture.

Click here to register.

Understanding & Overriding Unconscious Bias April 16, 2020 1:00 –2:30 pm
Being able to recognize our unconscious biases and not act upon them is a key competence area for anyone who is concerned with fairness and equity in the workplace. In this session, participants will a) gain a basic understanding of the neuroscience of bias b) learn some of the ways that biases play out in the workplace c) explore various types of bias, and d) strategize ways to override biases in decision making.

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Recognizing and Addressing Microaggressions April 23, 2020 1:00 –2:30 pm
In this session, participants will a) learn to define and recognize microaggressions, b) understand the issue of intent vs. impact, c) increase awareness in order to avoid making unintentional microaggressions, and d) learn strategies for addressing and confronting microaggressions. By building our awareness and skills in dealing with microaggressions, we can work towards a more inclusive learning and working environment for everyone.

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What’s culture got to do with it? Developing Cultural Awareness April 30, 2020 1:00 –2:30 pm
In this session, participants will a) gain an increased understanding of the concept of culture, b) explore the impact on values, perceptions, and behaviors c) learn a framework for cultural competence and how it applies to your work environment.

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For more information, visit https://www.umsl.edu/services/odei/prodev/index.html

Or contact marlo@umsl.edu

All Staff Zoom Meeting Replay & Additional Resources

Access the recorded meeting here

HR hosted the first Zoom meeting for Staff on March 25th.  We quickly hit the 300 participant limit for Zoom meetings, so many people were unable to call in.   We have fixed that limitation and will be able to accommodate everyone on the next call.  If you were unable to get into the meeting or would like to view it again, we have loaded it to YouTube.  You can access it here. The next HR Zoom for Staff will be Wednesday April 1, at 12:30 PM.

Because the COVID-19 pandemic is rapidly changing and we are now working remotely, it’s easy to feel disconnected and for rumors to start.  We hope these meetings/calls will help avoid that.

To minimize email communications, please consider subscribing to the HR Blog. Below is a compilation of what are hopefully helpful self-care ideas, links, and resources in the areas noted below. 

Below are resources that were shared during the call to that can assist you get accustomed to working remotely.


Self-care from UMSL’s Missouri Institute of Mental Health

Click here for a collection of self-care ideas.   Maybe you just need 5 minutes of cat videos or you are trying to keep the kids occupied (yes, please!) you’ll find Sing-a-longs, physical health, mindfulness, sports (story of, replays, and archived) and many more.

Remote Working IT FAQ’s

ITS has compiled a list of Remote Working FAQ’s to answer your questions.

UM System Learning & Development 

The UM System Learning and Development Team has compiled a great list of recommended on-demand webinars and MyLEARN courses for:

  • Working Remotely and Managing Remote Teams
  • Success Factors – UM System
  • Technical Skill Enhancement
  • Certifications
  • Leadership
  • Upcoming Webinars

Click here for the System website



 Stress Reduction through Mindfulness | 4/6/20 @ 1:30 pm


Meeting ID: 177 231 606

Join us as we introduce the power of mindfulness in order to enhance our capacity to experience well being, strength, and confidence, even in the face of stress, pain, or illness.

Online Virtual Tours: Museums, Parks, Zoos, Etc. | 4/27/20 @ 12 pm
Meeting ID: 209-127-012
Being quarantined and stuck in the house can get
boring at times. Join us as we go on a virtual tour inside
a nationally recognized tourist attraction! Feel free to
stick around afterwards to debrief and fellowship with
your peers.

Self-Care Strategies | 4/29/20 @ 3 pm
Meeting ID: 684 725 474

What is self-care? What does that look like? How
do you implement it into your daily routine?


If you have other resources to share, send them to umslhr@umsl.edu

Fidelity One-on-One Consultation

Consultations with Fidelity will continue to take place. When you schedule a meeting it will take place via phone versus in person. One-on-one consultations are geared toward retirement planning guidance, such as comparing investment choices, developing a retirement income plan, or consolidating multiple retirement accounts. Your needs may be better met by a live webinar, the resources available on our financial wellness webpage, or a phone call to Fidelity or TIAA, where experts can help with basic financial planning questions or assist you in getting started with your savings.

Explore your financial future. Sign up for a free one-on-one consultation with a retirement representative from Fidelity or TIAA. Fidelity is the administrator for the university’s Voluntary Retirement Plans (VRPs). The VRPs include options to enroll in  403(b), 457(b), or 401(a) Supplemental Retirement Plans, depending on your eligibility. TIAA provides investment options for the 403(b) plan, which is why you might want to schedule a one-on-one with one of their representatives.

What is a one-on-one consultation?

A one-on-one consultation provides guidance to help you maximize your retirement savings and plan for other financial goals. Fidelity and TIAA representatives are seasoned financial professionals, and are non-commissioned to ensure that UM employees receive unbiased information. Whether your retirement is many years away or just around corner, schedule a consultation to:

  • Ask questions about saving for retirement and other financial goals
  • Evaluate investment choices that meet your needs
  • Create an action plan to get and stay on track for retirement
  • Review retirement income options

Who You Will Meet

Fidelity will pair you with a representative who can help you now and at every stage of your life:

Craig Fischer

Craig Fischer joined Fidelity as a director, retirement planner in 2008. A Chartered Retirement Planning Counselor SM, investment advisor representative, registered securities representative, and licensed insurance representative, Craig holds a bachelor’s degree in business administration, finance, and management from Truman State University.

Ben Wright

Ben Wright, a Fidelity retirement planner, has more than nine years with the company. He was previously a financial consultant at Fidelity’s Reno, Nevada, Investor Center. A CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNERTM certificant, investment advisor representative, registered securities representative, and licensed insurance representative, Ben holds a bachelor’s degree in human resources management from Utah State University and a master’s degree in financial planning from Texas Tech University.

Telework Tips & Tricks

The telework directive remains in effect from today, March 23, through April 12. Currently, you will find the following information; however, as the current environment is evolving, updates may occur on a regular basis. You will find the following information at Working Through COVID-19

  • Telework Planning Guide for Supervisors
  • Telework Arrangement Form
  • Telework Tips for Supervisors
  • Telework Tips for Employees
  • Telework Human Resources Q&A
  • Coronavirus (COVID-19) Q&A

How to Run a Great Virtual Meeting

Virtual meetings don’t have to be seen as a waste of time. In fact, they can be more valuable than traditional face-to-face meetings. Beyond the fact that they’re inexpensive ways to get people together – think: no travel costs and readily available technology – they’re also great opportunities to build engagement, trust and candor among teams.

New to Working From Home? 8 Tips to Support Your Transition

Keep in mind that as you are navigating the change, so are others. It may take some adjustment for this to feel like a new normal. Share best practices with your team on a regular basis. Recognize what’s working well and ask for help when needed.

A Guide to Managing Your (Newly) Remote Workers

Although it is always preferable to establish clear remote-work policies and training in advance, in times of crisis or other rapidly changing circumstances, this level of preparation may not be feasible. Fortunately, there are specific, research-based steps that managers can take without great effort to improve the engagement and productivity of remote employees, even when there is little time to prepare.

Does the world really need one more blog post about managing teams remotely? Yes, exactly one more—this one. Here’s a shortlist of virtual leadership practices to considering integrating into your morphing-by-the-hour leadership role to help your teams stay engaged:

6 Virtual Leadership Best Practices


New Employee Orientation 03.09.2020

Welcome to the UMSL family!

Front Row (L to R):

Tania Wheelington- Custodial Supervisor (Facilities)
Candice Woolfolk- Research Scientist (MIMH)
Sheketa Kennedy- System Support Analyst- Expert (Academic IT Services)
Pearl Jingrong Xie- Instructional Designer (eLearning)
Dan Seymour- Fundraising Data Manager (KWMU)
Alyssa Persson- Librarian I (Library)

Back Row (L to R):
Thomas Ames- Associate Director, Research Enabled (Office of Research Administration)
Tonna Wilson- Academic Advisor (COE Advising)
Lauren Brown- Media Production Director II(KWMU)
Shlynda Hudson- Academic Advisor (Business Academic Advisor)
Eric Morgan-Cox- Lead Custodian (Touhill)
Walter Wunderlich- Building Maintenance (Maintenance Operations)

There has been an update to the New Employee Orientation (NEO) sessions effective today.

 Keeping the COVID-19 situation and CDC guidelines in mind, NEO scheduled for 3/23/2020 has been altered. Rather than meeting in person, we have provided the NEO information electronically via email. This information includes the orientation PowerPoint with policies, history, and perks of working at the University. Along with the PowerPoint is multiple website references and videos as well with contact information and resources.

Wellness Incentive: Cycle 1 due April 30

What does your wellness mean to you? Don’t miss out on the Wellness Incentive for 2020! Earn rewards for educating and investing in your wellness.*

About the program

The UM System Wellness Incentive promotes employee wellness by offering incentive money to eligible employees who take steps to live a healthier lifestyle. Once you elect a medical plan choice, you will be eligible to participate in the $450 Wellness Incentive.* Ready to start? New participants can get help creating an account with the Getting Started Guide.

Timeline and structure

The 2020 Wellness Incentive is split into two cycles. You can choose to complete Cycle 1, Cycle 2 or both cycles. Even if you don’t complete Cycle 1, you can still move toward wellness—and toward an incentive payout—during Cycle 2.

  • Cycle 1- To complete Cycle 1, you’ll need to earn and submit 225 points between November 1, 2019, and April 30, 2020. Those who complete Cycle 1 earn $225* in their final May 2020 paycheck.** Please note, extra points earned during Cycle 1 will not be applied to Cycle 2.
  • Cycle 2- Cycle 2 begins May 1, 2020, and runs through September 30, 2020. Like Cycle 1, you’ll need to complete and submit 225 points during that time period to earn your second $225 incentive in your final October 2020 paycheck

Who can participate?

Any University faculty or staff member may participate in Wellness Incentive activities, but only an employee who (1) is in active primary status, (2) is at least .75 FTE, and (3) pays premiums for a UM medical insurance plan (i.e., primary subscriber, rather than a spouse/partner being the primary subscriber) can earn incentive money.


Welcome to UMSL!

New Employee Orientation: January 27

Front Row (L to R):

Francheska Cruz Berrios- Project Coordinator (Maintenance Operations)
Madison Moon- Head Women’s Soccer Coach (Athletics)
Erika Rose- Stuent Support Specialist I (Clinical Experiences)
Mary (Theresa) Edwards- Associate Teacher (University Child Development)
Rachel Robinson- Custodian (Facilities)

Back Row (L to R):

Jessie Hart- Custodian (Facilities)
Devin Taylor- Custodian (Facilities)
Rickey George- Patient Navigator (Center for Behavioral Health)
Stephon Foster- Mechanical Trades Specialist (Maintenance Operations)
Danielle Stallins- Student Support Specialist II (College of Business Advising)

New Employee Orientation February 10th 

L to R:

Dat Le- Retail Sales Assistant Manager (Touhill)
Cynthia McCann- Business Support Specialist I (Advanced Credit)
Dan Hogan- Maintenance Services Attendant (Facilities)
Jennifer Hunter- Director Program/Project Operations (MIMH)

New Employee Orientation: February 24

L to R:

Alexandra Lenger- Engagement Program/Project Support Coordinator (Academic Affairs)
Emmy Naes- Program Coordinator (College of Education)
Kelly Hogenmiller- Recruitment and Enrollment Manager (College of Nursing)
Magda Conley- System Support Analyst-Entry (Academic IT Services)
Ben Becker- Design Project Manager (Facilities Planning & Design)

Not Pictured
Caroline Miller- Psychologist (Center for Behavioral Health)
Tyler Middendorf- Design Project Manager (Facilities Planning & Design)

Touhill March 28: The Martin Hayes Quartet

Saturday, March 28, 2020 8:00PM

Irish fiddler Martin Hayes and Chicago guitarist Dennis Cahill have been touring the world for the past 25 years, creating a new sound in Irish music as a duo and as founding members of the Gloaming, The Martin Hayes Quartet, and Masters of Tradition on Tour.

Hayes, known worldwide for his soulful interpretations of traditional Irish music, created his critically-acclaimed quartet to expand upon the sonic possibilities of the Irish canon. With spacious new arrangements and unusual instrumentation, the group features Martin’s longtime musical partner, guitarist Dennis Cahill, along with classically-trained violinist Liz Knowles, and New York City’s downtown master bass clarinetist Doug Wieselman.

The program will feature a short opening set by the duo of Martin Hayes & Dennis Cahill celebrating their 25 years of partnership.

Sponsored by the Smurfit-Stone Corporation Endowed Professorship in Irish Studies, UMSL Global, University of Missouri-St. Louis.

UMSL Student and Employee discounts available for this performance. Please visit the Touhill Ticket Office with UMSL ID for more information and to purchase discounted tickets.

Please note that ticket prices are subject to change without notice.  Ticket prices increase closer to show date.  Buy early to save!

Leave Administration is Transitioning to UM System effective March 1st

FMLA/Shared leave permanent contact: Arian Ibraimi

Arian Ibraimi has accepted the role of HR Specialist I at University of Missouri System located in Columbia MO. The main focus of this position is to assist processing FMLA and Shared Leave requests for the UMSL campus. Arian has worked for the University since 2014 with the University Hospital as an Office Support Assistant IV. He initially started in the centralized timekeeping group and was moved to MU Hospital payroll. Arian was crucial in assisting the hospital FMLA coordinator with all leaves, served as the Kronos administrator maintaining all time clocks and maintaining database tables. On a personal note, Arian is married and has two daughters and enjoys running in his free time. He is bilingual in Albanian and English and came to the United States when he was 9 years old. One of his proudest moments was graduating from Mizzou debt-free!

Join us in welcoming Arian!

Contact information: ibraimia@umsystem.edu or 573-882-1183.


New Employee Orientation 2020 Schedule

The New Employee Orientation for 2020 is below.

New Employee Orientation will be the second and fourth Monday of every month to ensure newly hired staff begins employment at the start of a pay period.

* Indicates deviated date due to Holidays. Full time, benefit eligible staff are to report to NEO on their start date.

January 13th May 11th September 14th
January 27th May 26th* September 28th
February 10th June 8th October 12th
February 24th June 22nd October 26th
March 9th July 13th November 9th
March 23rd July 27th November 23rd
April 13th August 10th December 7th*
April 27th August 24th December 14th