Professional Development Opportunities from ODEI

The Office of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion is offering many professional development opportunities this Fall/Spring to support your efforts to build a more welcoming and inclusive campus community.  In order to mitigate risk, all programming for the Fall 2020 is scheduled to take place online (either Canvas or Zoom).  Spring 2021 registration will be opened once it is determined if sessions will take place in-person or will continue online.

All programs are free of charge and open to all UMSL employees.

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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.

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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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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.