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In order to build a welcoming and inclusive campus environment and to fulfill our educational and strategic mission as a global university, the Office of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (ODEI) offers signature & co-sponsored events, professional development programs, learning-on-demand resources, and training by request.  

ODEI Signature Events
Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday Observance
Since the inaugural Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday Observance at UMSL on January 18, 1988, our campus community has celebrated the life, legacy and message of Dr. King with prolific speakers, inspiring music, song and dance, and the presentation of scholarships. We invite you to explore past events and join us for future observances each January. Learn more.

Women Trailblazer Award Ceremony
For more than two decades, the University of Missouri–St. Louis Trailblazer Ceremony has honored, celebrated and uplifted the achievements of exceptional women who have paved the way for others both on campus and throughout the entire St. Louis region. The university honors the exceptional women who continue to "blaze trails." Learn more.
Learning-on-Demand Resources 

ODEI offers a curated set of online resources on a variety of DEI topics on our blog (open to all) and on Percipio (campus log-in required). 

Diversity 101: DEI in the Academic Workplace

(Next session: TBD)

This course is designed to help participants develop the awareness, knowledge, and skills for providing leadership around diversity and inclusion issues; working more effectively with people from backgrounds different than your own; and for making our campus more welcoming and inclusive for everyone. In collaboration with MU Extension, this fully online course is now open to all UM System employees. For more information, contact Dr. Dwayne James.

Chancellor's Certificate in Advancing DEI in the Workplace 

(Next session: Spring 2024, dates TBD)

The Chancellor’s Certificate in Workplace Diversity, Equity & Inclusion (DEI) is a highly interactive, cohort-based, online professional development program that explores the concepts of diversity, equity, and inclusion in the workplace. This non-credit bearing program is open to all professionals in the Greater Saint Louis community. Sign up to receive information when dates and registration become available.  

The Cap-A.B.L.E. Workshop Series

The Office of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion invites you to participate in the Cap – A.B.L.E. Workshop Series. The Cap – A.B.L.E. Workshop Series is a new programmatic approach in exploring issues of diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) inside of higher education. The series is built around the principles of intergroup dialogue – active and engaged learning environment, facilitated discussions, and an intergroup focus. Throughout the series, participants will: (1) examine the organizational structures and social foundations of higher education, (2) define and recognize the importance of DEI to the academic enterprise, (3) practice fostering and facilitating conversations around DEI, and (4) create an action plan for enacting change. More information

Training by Request

If you would like to schedule a diversity, equity, and inclusion training for your team or department, please contact Dr. Marlo Goldstein Hode. 

Intercultural Development Inventory 

To help reach our Inclusive Excellence goals related to Student Access & Success, Education & Scholarship, and Campus Climate and Intergroup relations, and Community Engagement it is essential that all members of our campus community develop intercultural competency.  To support this growth, the ODEI offers the Intercultural Development Inventory ® (IDI). Learn more.

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