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To promote the professional development of the students, faculty, and staff of the University of Missouri-St. Louis, the Office of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (ODEI) offers the university community a number of formal and informal educational opportunities including workshops on topics including sexual harassment, disability awareness, cultural competency and diversity, and academic search procedures.

This workshop is designed to give participants the opportunity to explore the many differences within human cultures that enhance the workplace. Participants will learn to:

  • Recognize the value of cultural competency/diversity
  • Identify their opinions and feelings about cultural competency
  • Expand individual appreciation of differences
  • Identify potential areas of conflict
  • Discover techniques to increase acceptance of others
  • Manage interpersonal relationships in the workplace more successfully

Contact Deborah Burris at 314-516-5695 or to arrange for a workshop.

The ODEI can help you develop an affirmative action plans/processes in accordance to the university's Equal Employment/Educational Opportunity Policy and Statement of Nondiscrimination. Contact the Office of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion for more information.

Online training in this area is offered by the UM System. Learn how to access UM System online training for Preventing Sexual Harassment or Preventing Employment Discrimination.

In addition to the online course, we can design a custom workshop for your department to help participants develop an awareness of behaviors that could potentially violate the University's Sexual Harassment Policy in both the workplace and classroom. To request a special session for your class/department, contact the Title IX Coordinator.

Course will include:

  • Reviewing incidence data of sexual harassment on college campuses
  • Defining sexual harassment
  • Identifying behaviors that may constitute sexual harassment
  • Increasing knowledge of sexual harassment law and the University of Missouri Policy and Procedures on Sexual Harassment
  • Analyzing the impact of sexual harassment on those involved
  • Learning constructive confronting techniques

This workshop offers insights into providing accommodations for students, faculty and staff with disabilities.

  • What is a "disability"?
  • What is a "reasonable accommodation"?
  • What should an employee do if they think they need a reasonable accommodation?
  • What should a manager do if an employee asks for a reasonable accommodation?
  • How does a student request academic adjustments/accommodations?

To schedule a workshop, contact Deborah Burris at 314-516-5695 or

This workshop offers instructions in the use of the ODEI Hiring Plan forms and laws pertaining to hiring. It is designed to assist users in preparing and implementing unit plans in a more efficient and effective way to enhance the success of the search process. In this session, members of search committees explore ways to make the maximum use of limited recruitment budgets while using affirmative action and equal opportunity techniques.

Participants will learn ways to enhance their position postings, interview process and documentation procedures. Search chairs should contact Deborah Burris at 314-516-5695 or to arrange for the briefing.