Apply Now for Social Justice Mediation Training!

Registration is now available for our annual Social Justice Mediation Training, hosted by the University of Missouri System Office of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion in Columbia, MO on January 2-4 and 7-8, 2019.

The training is open to all University employees from across the UM System. Please promote this to those staff and faculty who may be interested in a great professional development opportunity!

Applicants must complete the online application by November 5, 2018.

Training overview

January 2-4 and 7-8 , 2019 MU Student Center Room 2205 A&B 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. for all five days. Continue reading “Apply Now for Social Justice Mediation Training!”

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

Help Victims During Sexual Assault Awareness Month

April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month.  To show our support and bring awareness to the issues facing victims of sexual violence, HR/Title IX is 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.

Donation of the items listed below will assist Safe Connections to help survivors of domestic and sexual assault.  Between April 9th through April 25th donation bins will be located throughout the campus including Woods Hall, Arts Administration Building, MSC (1st and 2nd floors) and Marillac Hall. Continue reading “Help Victims During Sexual Assault Awareness Month”

“Reach Out Editions” App For Students

UMSL’s Title IX team has introduced a new and innovative mobile app with the aim of helping students learn about and report sexual assault and harassment.

On Monday, February 12, 2018, UMSL students were introduced to the “Reach Out Editions” app,   This free mobile resource guide, is convenient and private.  Students will never be asked for personal information, and use of the app is completely anonymous.

Jessica Swederske, Deputy Title IX Coordinator led the implementation of the app.  “Our hope is that students will be more comfortable and more willing to report Title IX incidents because of the convenience of the app.  It is our way to meet students where they are and provide them resources via technology they are familiar with.”

Reach Out Editions can be used to find:

  • What to do if someone has been sexually assaulted or harassed
  • On-and off-campus resources for victims of sexual violence and harassment
  • Where to report incidents of sexual harassment and misconduct
  • Information on UMSL’s Title IX team, where we are located, and how we can help

Check out the UMSL Reach Out Editions flyer for more information, and download the app!

Please feel free to contact Dana Beteet Daniels or Jessica Swederske in the Title IX Office with any questions.

Dana Beteet Daniels, Title IX Coordinator
dana@umsl.edu
314-516-4538

Jessica Swederske, MPPA, Deputy Title IX Coordinator
swederskej@umsl.edu
314-516-5748

 

 

HR Staff Promotions

We are happy to announce the following HR Staff promotions and changes effective August 1.  Please join us in congratulating the following:

Tara VanDeVoorde, promoted to Assistant Director of Human Resources.  On a regular basis Tara proves herself a solid HR Professional and based on the steady flow of positive comments, many people will see this as a well deserved, if overdue promotion.  In her new role Tara will lead the HR Operations team (ePAF’s, Payroll & HR Administrative Services) in addition to being the primary HR Partner for Finance & Administration.

 

Dana Beteet Daniels, promoted to Sr. HR Consultant & Title IX Coordinator. As a member of the OEOD team and now in HR Dana has distinguished herself as an effective navigator through tough situations who is able to maintain the neutrality critical in working with all parties involved in Title IX complaints.  She has built that reputation over her 18 years at UMSL and is ready to take on this critical role..

Audra Bickline, promoted to Sr. HR Consultant.  Audra’s HR experience at UMSL and previously in Healthcare, as well as her Master’s in Higher Education, suit her well in her new role partnering with the Provost, Deans and their leadership teams. As the leader of the New Employee Orientation program, Audra is often the first person new UMSL employees encounter on their first day of employment.

The Basics of Title IX

Title IX, which is federal law, marks its 45 year anniversary in June. The law was written with the intent to end sex discrimination in education and simply states: “No person in the United States shall, on the basis of sex, be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination under any education program or activity receiving Federal financial assistance.” Initially, emphasis was placed on athletic requirements and regulations. Policy focused on institutions’ obligation to provide equal opportunity and detailed the factors to be considered in assessing compliance.

In April 2011, the Department of Education issued the “Dear Colleague Letter” which provided policy guidance, making it clear that Title IX also protects against sexual harassment, sexual violence and other forms of gender based discrimination. With that guidance, the University of Missouri System invested in enhancing our policies and procedures that specifically address sexual misconduct.

For additional information about Title IX, visit our website at umsl.edu/title-ix .