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.

Click here to download the ODEI Professional Development flyer.

For more information and registration please visit

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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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

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


Triton Toastmasters – Open House February 6th

Are you needing to be re-energized for the 2020 school year? The remedy is as easy as a little dose of Vitamin C – Creativity. With Triton Toastmasters you can break barriers to give you the energy and Vitamin C – Creativity to maximize your communication and leadership potential.



12:00 – 1:00


ROOM 101

Refreshments will be available

What is Toastmasters?

Toastmasters International is a non-profit educational organization that teaches public speaking and leadership skills through a worldwide network of clubs. Headquartered in Englewood, Colo., the organization’s membership exceeds 358,000 in more than 16,800 clubs in 143 countries. Since 1924, Toastmasters International has helped people from diverse backgrounds become more confident speakers, communicators, and leaders.

They provide a supportive and positive learning experience in which members are empowered to develop communication and leadership skills, resulting in greater self-confidence and personal growth.

Members pay international dues of $45 USD every six months, plus a new member fee of $20. With Toastmasters, the learning never stops. Join the UMSL Toastmasters club and you will:

Toastmasters International Mission

We empower individuals to become more effective communicators and leaders.

Toastmasters International Core Values

  • Integrity
  • Respect
  • Service
  • Excellence

When do they meet?

The UMSL club meets every second and fourth Thursday of the month. For more information or to attend a meeting to find out more, please contact Marquetta Wise at



This is 2020

Welcome to 2020. Are you ready to crush your goals for the next decade? Here are some tools to help you achieve them.

  1. Write it down. By writing down your goals, you’re 42 percent more likely to achieve them. According to Forbes, there are two main reasons why writing down your goals works: external storage and encoding. External storage simply means that we’re taking a thought and putting it on a physical location, like a piece of paper. Plain and simple, we make things more of a priority when we’re reminded of them every single day.Encoding helps by sending messages to our brain and helping to decide what gets put in our long-term memory and what gets tossed away. When you write things down, your ability to encode them improves.
  2. Make your goals SMARTThe way a goal is written can make a big difference in whether or not you are successful. SMART is an acronym to remember when you are setting goals. Ideally speaking, each goal should be: Specific, Measurable, Action orientated, Realistic, & Timely. For example, “exercise more” would be too general. To make it more specific, try something like the goal in the box to the right.Here are some examples and tips to walk you through each step per myTotalRewards.
  3. Make A Vision BoardVisualization is one of the most powerful mind exercises you can do. According to the popular book The Secret, “The law of attraction is forming your entire life experience and it is doing that through your thoughts. When you are visualizing, you are emitting a powerful frequency out into the Universe. “So, what’s the big secret to creating a vision board that works? It’s simple: Your vision board should focus on how you want to feel, not just on things that you want.

There is only one major rule to creating a vision board that works, and it’s that there aren’t any rules. You aren’t going to mess it up, you can create your vision board on your own terms. Here are the answers to the most common questions people ask:

Q: What should I put on my vision board?

A: Anything that inspires and motivates you. The purpose of your vision board is to bring everything on it to life. First, think about what your goals are in the following areas: relationships, career and finances, home, travel, personal growth (including spirituality, social life, education) and health.

Join the Best Decade Ever with Mel Robbins for free.  Using Mel’s live videos, blog posts and “Dream Book” of assignments to complete side-by-side during the month of January, will teach you how to think and dream bigger, get through the inevitable roadblocks, and learn the small habits that you can use every day to get back on track over the course of the next decade. She has spent the past decade coaching, teaching, and motivating millions of people around the world. Her practical, no-nonsense advice and life strategies provide tangible results and skills that help people push through the everyday challenges we all face in life, work, and love.

She is one of the most booked speakers in the world and an international best-selling author whose work has been translated into 32 languages. In 2017, Mel broke self-publishing records with her international best-seller The 5 Second Rule. It was named the #1 audiobook in the world and the fifth most read book of the year on Amazon. When Mel launched her science backed productivity planner, The 5 Second Journal, the first print run sold out worldwide within minutes. Her social media platforms inspire more than 60 million people every month and her TEDx Talk is one of the most popular of all time, with more than 18 million views.


Trauma Awareness Training, January 30th

Alive & Well Communities presents: Trauma Awareness Training

This program is free of charge and open to all faculty, staff, & students. Registration is required via myLearn to reserve your seat.

  • This free training provides a framework for everyone interested in understanding the impact and prevalence of trauma, and how it affects well-being.
  • The program meets one of the training requirements required for becoming an Alive and Well Ambassador.
  • This activity will be eligible for UM wellness points.
  • The next opportunity will be April 2, 2020

To register, visit myLearn ‘UMSL Instructor Led Training’ or click here.

For more information or questions, please contact Julie Bertram PhD, RN, Assistant Professor of Nursing.

Announcing the Spring 2020 NextStep Application – Now Open!

Next Step is accepting department applications for Spring 2020 now through November 17th.

Next Step is an on-campus paid internship that bridges the college to career transition through practical workshops focused on resume-building experience, career preparation and self-discovery.


“Applying to this internship has been one of my best decisions. It has given me the experience and the flexibility to work while I study.”

– Keila Gonzalez

Next step focuses on developing the students’ core competencies, including: Critical thinking/problem solving, teamwork/collaboration, leadership, career management, oral/written communications, digital technology, professionalism/work ethic, and global/intercultural fluency.

*Students had until November 10th to submit their application for the Spring semester.

Please visit our webpage or for more information please contact Megan Hemann at

UMSL Engagement Week | Month of Giving

The University of MissouriSt. Louis has a strong and enduring commitment to civic engagement and service to the community. In fact, our campus is recognized as a Community Engaged University by the Carnegie Foundation.

Our Community Collaborations website provides information on a wide variety of activities and opportunities for students, staff, faculty and the community to learn more about community engagement at UMSL and find ways to be involved. For more information, or to share ideas, please contact 314-516-5267.

“The Engaged University” Presentation / UM Chancellors Panel

Wednesday, October 23 at 10AM to 11:45AM, MSC – Century Room A

Dr. Robert Jones, chancellor of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, will present “The Engaged University,” followed by a panel discussion, “The Role of Engagement in Today’s Public Universities.” Panelist include UMSL Interim-Chancellor Kristin Sobolik with the chancellors of the UM System’s three other universities. This event is sponsored by Missouri 100. The program takes place in Columbia, but will be simulcast for the UMSL audience at

All events for the week can be found on the Community Collaborations website.


Keep Calm & Read On

Your Brain at Work

Nothing says summer like sun, sand, and a good book. The following is available in myLearn from the Experience Visionaries Summer Reading List.

Your Brain at Work: Strategies for Overcoming Distraction,
Regaining Focus, and Working Smarter All Day Long
By: David Rock
Recommended by Karalyn Smith, Chief People Officer at Sephora

Smith is a big believer in David Rock’s work and explains that he “has made the neuroscience of leadership really attainable.” In this book, Rock assures us that despite the endless meetings, Slack messages, and other distractions of the modern workplace, it’s possible to perform your best amid the chaos. Peek into your work-brain and learn how to increase your focus, think creatively, give better feedback, and so much more with this read.

About the Author

David Rock is a consultant and leadership coach who advises corporations around the world. The author of Coaching with the Brain in Mind, Quiet Leadership, and Personal Best, he is the CEO of Results Coaching Systems, a leading global consulting and coaching organization. He is on the advisory board of the international business school CIMBA and the cofounder of the NeuroLeadership Institute and Summit. He lives in Sydney, Australia, and New York City.