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Workplace Diversity Series

Living our values of respect, responsibility, discovery, and excellence

The Workplace Diversity Series provides staff, supervisors and faculty an opportunity to learn about and discuss various workplace diversity issues with colleagues from across campus. Working in a diverse environment brings both opportunities and challenges. By becoming more informed, gaining skills, and having conversations with others, we can improve and enhance our workplace relationships as well as our overall campus environment. We all have a right to work in a place where we feel welcome, included, and appreciated. We also have a responsibility to do our part to create this type of environment for ourselves and others. But it’s not always easy. Attend the Workplace Diversity sessions to get information, ideas, and support in a safe, informative, and collegial environment.

Questions? Contact Marlo Goldstein Hode, Postdoctoral Fellow in Diversity Education and Research, at goldsteinhodem@missouri.edu.

Upcoming Sessions

All sessions are held from noon to 1:30 p.m. and are free. Please feel free to bring your lunch! We ask that you sign up at least 48 hours in advance. Pre-registration is NOT required to attend, but sessions with less than 10 pre-registered participants will be cancelled. Participants who have pre-registered will receive an e-mail reminder about the session or notification in the case of cancellation.

Friday, July 17, 2015
The Power of Words: Inclusive Language at Mizzou

Noon to 1:30 p.m., Student Center 2205 A & B

Words have the power to hurt us, as well as to make us feel empowered and give us a sense of belonging. Since we strive for a culture of inclusion, here at Mizzou it is important that we are conscious of the language that we use in talking about or describing people in terms of their race, ethnicity, socio-economic status, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, ability, etc. However, because language is always evolving and there is not necessarily a ‘one size fits all’ preference of terminology, speaking about people in a respectful way requires a willingness to learn, to ask questions, to make mistakes, and to ask for help. In this session, you will have that opportunity! This facilitated discussion will provide you with currently appropriate terminology as well as the reasoning behind why these terms are generally preferred. This will be a safe space to ask questions, voice concerns, and share your experiences.

Josey Herrera

Presented by Josey Herrera, Chancellors Diversity Initiativeexternal link
Josey Herrera is a media producer for the Chancellor’s Diversity Initiative. Their responsibilities include assisting the media and strategic communications manager, creating multimedia projects about diversity on campus, and finding new ways to engage the university community with inclusivity issues. Josey studied convergence and digital reporting at the Missouri School of Journalism at MU. They also minored in Women's and Gender Studies as well as earned a Multicultural Certificate. Josey is involved with various social justice groups, such as the Proud Tigers Mentorship Program, and independently blogs about food insecurity. They are also a member of the local roller derby league, CoMo Derby Dames. Contact Josey at HerreraJo@missouri.edu.

Amber Cheek

Presented by Amber Cheek, Chancellors Diversity Initiativeexternal link
As the Director of Accessibility, Amber works to ensure the full inclusion of persons with disabilities at Mizzou. She manages workplace accommodations for Mizzou employees, helps ensure accessibility of campus, and works with the Disability Center to represent disability issues to the administration. Amber comes to Mizzou from the Office of Disability Employment Policy at the U.S. Department of Labor in Washington, DC, where she was a Presidential Management Fellow and Co-Director of the Workforce Recruitment Program, a nationwide employment program for persons with disabilities. Amber is experienced in crafting disability policy and public outreach initiatives, and has assisted multiple federal agencies and NGOs in becoming more inclusive of people with disabilities. Amber also has experience working at the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, and is a graduate of the University of Missouri School of Law. Contact Amber at CheekA@missouri.edu.

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