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

Or contact marlo@umsl.edu

Why Did the Turkey Cross the Road?

. . . To prove he wasn’t chicken!

You probably won’t eat perfect, and that’s okay! Enjoy the day. How you eat on Thanksgiving Day does not determine your health; how you eat the other 364 days of the years does. Here are tips for making this special day healthier.

Eat Breakfast

A common misconception before large meals is to “save” all of your calories for later in the day, hoping you’ll skip out on additional calories, but waiting until the evening to eat your first meal can have you heading to the kitchen with huge eyes and over-stuffing your plate more than normal. Start your Thanksgiving with a healthy breakfast full of protein and fiber. Think low-fat yogurt and fresh fruit, or whole-grain toast with eggs, to help keep you full throughout your meal prepping and your head clear when loading your plate at dinner.

Get Moving

After a large meal, your first instinct might be to head to the couch for football and dessert. But one of the best things you can do is encourage the entire family to get moving and take a walk in the neighborhood. Moving your body will help stimulate your digestive system and burn a few calories while getting some fresh air. Make time to sweat for 30 minutes. If you’re feeling super ambitious, many towns and cities host annual ‘gobble hobbles’ or 5K races Thanksgiving morning so you can begin your day with increased energy and endorphins, while kick starting your metabolism all day.  

Stay Hydrated

A common error when listening to your body’s hunger signals can be mistaking thirst for hunger. When we are not well hydrated, our bodies can have a surge of ghrelin, the hormone that stimulates hunger, causing us to eat more than we normally might. Drinking water throughout the day can keep your ghrelin levels at bay and your body in tune. A good rule of thumb is drinking half your body weight in ounces of fluid (i.e 150 pounds divided by two = 75 ounces per day). If you aren’t a water drinker, try adding lemon to your water or having seltzer or tea.

Balance Your Plate

We’ve all experienced the “hangry” (hungry and angry) feeling after going without food, just as we’ve all experienced wanting to take a nap after a huge plate of Thanksgiving fare. Both those scenarios are your low blood sugar talking! Fortunately when it comes to a Thanksgiving buffet there are a lot of real food options to make balancing your plate easy. For instance, turkey is a great protein. (A rule of thumb for protein serving size is to look for cuts of meat roughly the size of your palm.) With the protein covered, look for quality fats and carbs for the rest of your plate. Thanksgiving staples like green beans, sweet potatoes and Brussels sprouts are perfect options. Better yet, they’ve likely been cooked in butter giving you a quality fat as well. If they haven’t, grab a pat of butter and put it on top of any veggies you add to your plate.

Whether you’re on a special diet or just looking for a lighter option, below are a few examples of healthy Thanksgiving recipes you and your family will enjoy!

Cranberry Meatballs

Healthy Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Muffins

Vegan Gluten-Free Apple Pie Bars

What sounds does a turkey’s phone make?

“Wing, Wing”






Register for Focus on the Future: June 4, 2019

Registration for the 2019 Focus on the Future: Staff Enrichment is now open!
Register for Focus on the Future (004)
Check out our great sessions below, and click on the above link for instructions on howto register today.
* Wellness Points can be earned for each event, up to 100 points total (points can take up to 1 month to be entered at the System level).


Session:  Happiness – Health Session
Time: 8:30 am – 9:30 am
Speakers:  Mandy Schick, UM System Wellness
Description:  Tips and tricks to becoming a happier healthier person
Wellness Points:  25 (attendance tracked)
Location: RWC Studio 4

Session:  Language of Leadership
Time: 10:00 am – 11:30 am
Speakers:  Krister Ungerbock, CEO and global leadership expert
Description:  A presentation on relationships and leadership
Wellness Points:  25 (attendance tracked)
Location: JC Penney Auditorium

Session:  Up Your Social Media Game
Time: 11:30 am – 12:30 pm
Speakers:  Judith Kaplan and Jessica Rogen, UMSL Marketing & Communications
Description:  Learn how to optimize your social media strategy
Wellness Points:  25 (attendance tracked)
Location: MSC Century Room A

Session:  Building a Budget
Time: 1:30 am – 2:30 pm
Speakers:  Craig Fischer, Fidelity Investments
Description:  Identify best practices to create and maintain your budget
Wellness Points:  25 (attendance tracked)
Location: MSC Century Room C

Session:  UMSL Hidden Gems Campus Tour
Time: 3:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Speakers:  Welcome Center Tour Guides
Description:  Join an exciting scavenger hunt guided across campus
Wellness Points:  25 (attendance tracked)
Location: Meet in front of the Welcome Center in the MSC

***And don’t forget the FOOD TRUCKS AND RESOURCE FAIR
Enjoy food from trucks like Bombay Food Junkies, Sweet Divine and The Southern
Time: 12 pm – 1:30 pm
Location:  Lot C

A Bad Day or Burnout? UMSL’s EAP can Help!

Do you know the difference between a period of bad days and “burnout?”  To read about the distinction, Kristin Micelli, Counselor for the UMSL Employee Assistance Program (EAP), recommends a post from Mindful.org by Shelly Tygielski, “Is It a Bad Day, or Is it Burnout? How to Identify the Symptoms and Navigate Your Way Through Burnout.”

If you’re experiencing any of the warning signs mentioned, the Employee Assistance Program can help.

the UMSL Center for Behavioral Health (CBH) provides counseling services for the EAP, and is available to employees, their spouses and their children, as well.

A FREE confidential service, the EAP is available to all employees, their families, retirees and organizational work units. The EAP helps prevent or resolve personal, family and workplace problems affecting your wellbeing.  They provide services and give referrals to help employees affected by a range of personal concerns or stressors including:

Stress Management
Emotional Distress
Family Concerns
Work / Life Balance
Substance Abuse
Financial Pressure
Relationship Difficulty
Legal Problems
Phase of Life – Transition Management

In addition to on-campus appointments on Tuesdays, you have options for appointments at the CBH’s main location in Town and Country:

Dr. Kristen Miceli, of the Center for Behavioral Health, provides EAP counseling to UMSL employees and their families.  Dr. Miceli is a licensed clinical psychologist who has experience treating adults, and families. She has worked in school, forensic, residential, hospital, outpatient, and in-home settings. Dr. Miceli specializes in the treatment of complex trauma, anxiety, mood disorders, and interpersonal difficulties as well as psychological assessment. She has provided evidence-based treatment, such as Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy, Trauma-Focused Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy, and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy. Dr. Miceli also employs strength-based, solution-focused, and mindfulness techniques to help clients achieve their therapeutic goals.

Dr. Miceli obtained her doctorate in clinical psychology from the APA accredited clinical psychology program at The Chicago School of Professional Psychology in 2015. She completed her APA accredited internship at Ohio Guidestone, a community mental health organization dedicated to helping clients cope with complex trauma, attachment difficulties, and manage affect and behavioral regulation.  She completed her post-doctoral residency at Community Psychological Service and is currently employed at UMSL – Center for Behavioral Health. She also works part-time at a group practice providing therapy services to children, adolescents, and adults.

In addition, a survey is available on the Employee Assistance Program webpage.  Please take a few moments to complete this voluntary survey about the type and frequency of stressors that affect your ability to function. Responses are confidential, will only be viewed by the EAP staff, and are only used for the purpose of planning and implementation of EAP activities.

Don’t Miss Out on the 2019 Wellness Incentive

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.*

To complete Cycle 1, you’ll need to earn and submit 225 points between November 1, 2018, and April 30, 2019. Those who complete Cycle 1 earn $225* in their final May 2019 paycheck.** Please note, extra points earned during Cycle 1 will not be applied to Cycle 2.

Cycle 2 begins May 1, 2019, and runs through September 30, 2019. 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 2019 paycheck.  Ready to start?  Visit the 2019 UM Wellness Incentive website for more information on how to participate.

Register for the Annual Goose Chase & 1 Mile Walk

4th Annual Goose Chase

It is that time of year again! UMSL Campus Recreation is thrilled to host the 4th Annual Goose Chase 5k & 1 mile walk! This year we have made some changes so please take note:

-Race Day: Friday, May 3 at 10am

-Two options: 5k OR 1 mile (you will choose your race length the day of)

-Participating in the 5k or 1 mile walk will get you 10 physical activity wellness points!

-Cost is $10 for UMSL Employees – with proceeds being donated to the Triton Pantry.

You will also receive a t-shirt, medal & free Italian ice to enjoy after the race!

-If you don’t want to participate in the 5k or 1 mile run please consider bringing in canned food on race day to help fill the Triton Food Pantry. If you do this you can earn 10 points for your community service wellness points!
Items you can bring are:
Peanut Butter

-Following the race there will be Food Trucks in the parking lot for Food Truck Friday!!

You can register for the race here! You can also come over to the Triton Trading Post located inside the Recreation & Wellness Center.

If you have any questions, please reach out to Secily Adams, shambaughs@umsl.edu, 314-516-2346

Last Flu Shot Clinic: October 24th

No Appointment Necessary

Where:  Marillac Hall – Room OG08A
When:   10/24/2018
Time:  11:30 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.

What will it cost?
*  Faculty, staff, dependents (12 years and older, accompanied by an adult)    and retirees enrolled in a University of Missouri System (UM) medical plan will have cost covered 100%.
*  $20 cash or check (payable to Healthy for Life) for those not enrolled in a UM   medical plan.

What should I bring?
*   A completed flu shot consent form (available at http://umurl.us/fluvax).
*   If you are enrolled in a UM medical plan, your insurance card; if not,
$20 check or cash.

Wellness Incentive 2019:
*   Getting a flu shot can earn eligible employees 50 points toward the Wellness Incentive.  Wellness Incentive points will show up after the Incentive begins on November 1. Visit http://umurl.us/incentive for more information.

Questions? Contact the HR Service Center at 573-882-2146 or HRServiceCenter@umsystem.edu

Staff Association Field Day

Calling all UMSL staff!  Join us for staff field day, presented by the UMSL Staff Association, on October 11, 2018 from 2:00 pm to 4:30 pm on the Recreation and Wellness Center Lawn.  Be prepared to participate in activities such as:

  • a water balloon toss
  • chair yoga
  • home run derby
  • pumpkin decorating
  • and more!

Make sure to rally your office and bring as many people as you can, as there will be individual and group prizes.  We are also offering a prize to the department with the highest attendance (percentage wise) so grab your co-workers and come out for an afternoon of fun.  Some of the events do require registration, so check out the link below for more information or to register.  If you have any questions, feel free to contact Jessica Swederske at 314-516-5748.  We look forwarding to having you there!



Don’t Miss Out! Tier 2 of the 2018 Wellness Incentive Ends September 30

If you’ve already completed Tier 1, make sure to finish Tier 2 of the 2018 Wellness Incentive by September 30 in order to earn $400* in your final October 2018 paycheck.   Earn 400 points by completing activities that will help you learn about healthy living, move toward your own wellness and foster wellness in your community. Walking, biking, yoga, community service, diversity and inclusion activities, and learning about a variety of wellness topics can earn you points and help you define what wellness means to you! all self-reported activities may be documented in the Cerner Wellness Portal. Additionally, points-eligible courses are now located solely in the Cerner Wellness Portal, rather than myLearn. Learn more about the reporting process and points-eligible courses in the 2018 Cerner User Guide, available when you log into the portal.

* Your 2018 Wellness Incentive earnings will be taxed and voluntary retirement contributions will be deducted, just like with other earnings. All may participate in wellness program, but only some employees are able to earn the incentive; see http://umurl.us/incentive for eligibility details.


Attend a Fidelity Financial Workshop and Earn 25 Wellness Incentive Points!

Meet with Fidelity one-on-one or in a telepresence workshop to get education, resources, and support. All on-site and virtual resources are provided at no additional cost to you as an employee benefit.


Craig Fischer, Director Retirement Planner, and Ben Wright, Retirement Planner, will be at your location on various dates for one-on-one appointments. Please consider bringing relevant account statements and any paperwork to help address your questions and needs.  Schedule an appointment by calling 800-642-7131 or register online at getguidance.fidelity.com.

Appointments are required. Unfortunately, walk-ins cannot be accommodated. We urge you to schedule an appointment at a time that is convenient for you.

Workshops via Telepresence:

Join Fidelity for a complimentary workshop, where you’ll learn strategies and tips to help you manage your financial future with confidence.

 * All meetings will be presented in the Telepresence rooms System wide.
 * Receive 25 Wellness Incentive Points for attending.

Telepresence Seminars

* Preserving Your Savings for Future Generations – July 26, 2018 @ 12 noon
This workshop will help you learn how to establish an estate plan and identify strategies to help preserve the assets you have accumulated to provide for those most important to you.

*Prepare for the Reality of Health Care in Retirement – August 28, 2018 @ 12 noon
This workshop will help you to understand the costs of health care in retirement, and how you can prepare for them.

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