We bring a diverse set of talents, knowledge, and experiences to this increasingly complex work.

At UMSL, there is a collective commitment to develop a deeper understanding, respect, and appreciation for diversity. The Office of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion recognizes the accomplishments and strides we have made here and look forward to continued efforts for many years to come.


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Dr. Tanisha Stevens
Vice Chancellor for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion
(314) 516-5689
smithtn@umsl.edu

Dr. Tanisha Stevens serves as the Vice Chancellor for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, responsible for overseeing inclusive excellence, one of the five Missouri Compacts for Excellence as outlined in the university's strategic plan. As the Chief Diversity Officer (CDO) and member of the Chancellor's Cabinet, Dr. Stevens provides leadership on campus and in the external community on issues related to diversity, equity, and inclusion. Dr. Stevens is committed to creating an inclusive working and learning environment and in ensuring that all students, faculty, staff and community members have a sense of belonging at the institution.

Dr. Stevens works to establish and strengthen collaborative partnerships across the institution to identify diversity, equity and inclusion initiatives that enhance institutional culture and climate. She brings her expertise and vision to identify opportunities for greater alignment and more unified efforts across campus and in the greater St. Louis community. Under her leadership, Dr. Stevens coordinated the campus’ participation and engagement in the Equity Institute sponsored by the University of Southern California's Race and Equity Center, provides institutional representation for the Post-Secondary Equity Network (a collaborative effort of campus/universities committed to examining racial and economic inequities that impact student success) and serves as a liaison to a number of the university's community and corporate partners. She is also credited with organizing UMSL's first Virtual Gathering for Racial Unity in June 2020 and securing the university's continued recognition by Insight into Diversity as a Higher Education Excellence in Diversity (HEED) recipient (2020, 2021, 2022). 

Dr. Stevens earned a Bachelor of Arts with Honors in Psychology from the University of Missouri-Columbia, a masters in Counseling from Saint Louis University and her doctorate in Educational Leadership & Policy Studies from the University of Missouri-St. Louis. 

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Dr. Marlo Goldstein Hode
Senior Manager, Strategic Diversity Initiatives
(314) 516-5669
marlo@umsl.edu

Marlo (aka Dr. Hode) provides professional development, facilitation, leadership, and guidance to help make UMSL an even more welcoming, inclusive, and excellent institution.  She facilitates in-person and online educational opportunities for faculty and staff in topics such as unconscious bias, constructive communication, and cultural competence. She also helps develop and launch strategic initiatives and partnerships across campus to work collaboratively towards achieving UMSL’s Inclusive Excellence goals. Marlo holds a courtesy and adjunct faculty position in the Department of Communication at the University of Missouri - Columbia. As a scholar, she has several publications in peer-reviewed journals and book chapters on various topics including sexual harassment, neurodiversity, racial issues on campus, and the effectiveness of online professional development courses. She also serves on the editorial board of the Journal of Diversity in Higher Education.

Marlo received her BA in Communication from North Carolina State University, an MA in Intercultural Communication from the University of Maryland Baltimore County, an LLM in Dispute Resolution from the University of Missouri School of Law, and a PhD in Organizational Communication with a minor in Educational Leadership and Policy Analysis from the University of Missouri.

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Dana Beteet Daniels
Title IX Coordinator and Chief Equity Officer
(314) 516-4538
dana@umsl.edu

Dana Beteet Daniels currently serves as the Title IX Administrator and Chief Equity Officer of the Title IX and Equity Office at the UMSL. After obtaining her undergraduate degree in Psychology and Sociology from Illinois State University, Dana began her career working in the insurance industry. While working in claims management, she developed her employees in the area of litigation management and represented her company at pre-trial settlement conferences throughout the United States.

She served as the District Director for (former) Missouri State Senator Wayne Goode over 10 years. It was during this time that Dana transitioned into the field of Higher Education, accepting a position in Public Affairs at UMSL in 1999. She later moved into the Office of Equal Opportunity and Diversity where she utilized her skills in resolving campus sexual misconduct and equity complaints.

Dana’s passion for integrity and fairness, as well as her perspicacity and work ethic, have provided her with the foundation essential to serve in her current position. She is a champion for change and recognizes the impact that workplace behaviors can potentially have on others. In her position, Dana oversees all university investigations in response to complaints of Title IX (as well as Title VII) violations involving students, faculty and staff.  Her responsibilities include identifying and implementing training and prevention programs in support of Title IX requirements, to ensure that the campus community is compliant with federal, state and local legislation related to discrimination. In addition, Dana also serves as the designated campus mediator.

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Jessica Swederske
Deputy Title IX Coordinator and Equity Officer
(314) 516-5748
swederskeJ@umsl.edu

Jessica Swederske serves as UMSL’s Deputy Title IX Coordinator & Equity Officer, investigating all reported complaints of discrimination and harassment. Ms. Swederske is committed to creating an environment that allows all students, faculty, and staff to feel safe.

Ms. Swederske completed her undergraduate degree In Psychology at UMSL, as well as her graduate degree in Public Policy Administration. After completing her course work, Ms. Swederske worked for the state of Missouri, as a Probation and Parole Officer, monitoring individuals convicted of sex offenses. It was this position that allowed Ms. Swederske to view fairness and equity from different perspectives.

Ms. Swederske has a passion for working with people, which ultimately led her back to UMSL in 2015.  Ms. Swederske is committed to conducting fair and thorough investigations in order to provide the decision makers with all relevant facts. Furthermore, it is her goal to make sure everyone who comes through her office feels seen and heard.

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Myron Burr
Coordinator, Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Initiatives
mburr@umsl.edu

Myron joined the University of Missouri-St. Louis in the Spring of 2022 and serves as the coordinator for diversity, equity, and inclusion initiatives. Prior to joining the ODEI staff, Myron worked at Lindenwood University as an instructional designer and chair of their DEI Task Force. While at Lindenwood, Myron was instrumental in developing and leading the university’s first Day of Dialogue – an annual campus-wide event where students, faculty, and staff take the opportunity to examine their individual and institutional role in building a shared community. He is passionate about dialogue and creating space for everyone to participate in the conversation around equity and inclusion. Myron is excited to continue the work and collaborate with others across campus to make UMSL a more equitable and inclusive place to learn, live, and work.

 Myron received his BA in Communication from DePauw University and his MA in Higher Education from Lindenwood University.

 

University of Missouri-St. Louis
152 JcPenney North, One University Blvd.
St. Louis MO 63121-4400
Phone: (314) 516-5695 (currently working remotely)
odei@umsl.edu

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