Spring 2017 Workplace Diversity Series

Lunch & Learn

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.

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.


Recognizing and Responding to Racism’s Impact on Mental & Physical Health

Wednesday, Feb. 15, 2017
Noon to 1:30 p.m., Memorial Union S110

The mental and physical impact of ongoing exposure to racism and microaggressions is real, but it can often go unrecognized. In order to provide support for yourself and/or others, it is important to recognize some of the physical, cognitive and emotional symptoms that students, colleagues and friends may be experiencing as a result of the racial climate on campus, in our community, and in our society at large. This session will provide information for recognizing symptoms and strategies for self-care as well as showing support for others. This session will also be a safe space to ask questions and share your experiences.

Presented by Dr. Nadia Bethely, MU Counseling Center

Nadia is a psychological resident and the diversity coordinator for the MU Counseling Center. She serves students and helps develop programming and outreach related to diversity and mental health. Nadia also co-facilitates the People of Color group through the MU Counseling Center. She earned her doctorate degree in clinical psychology from the University of Mississippi and recently served as a post-doctoral fellow with a focus on outreach at the University of Colorado-Boulder. Contact Nadia at bethleyn@missouri.edu.

Presented by Renee Powers-Scott, MU Counseling Center
Renee is a licensed professional counselor with more than 25 years of experience. She has worked as a senior counselor at the MU Counseling Center for eight years. She is passionate about helping students develop healthy coping skills to manage their stress. Because the effects of racism and discrimination are real sources of stress, Renee believes it’s vital to increase awareness and address these issues. Renee has emphasized the need for practical self-care and support, particularly for those in the non-majority. Contact Renee at powersscottr@missouri.edu.


Applying the Inclusive Excellence Diversity Framework at Mizzou

Wednesday, March 15, 2017
Noon to 1:30 p.m., Student Center 2206A

Our potential to create knowledge, to innovate, to prepare future leaders, and to develop a workforce that can meet the complex needs of society is contingent upon our ability to integrate diversity and inclusion at every level of institutional operations. In other words, our very mission as an academic institution requires that diversity and inclusion are central to the transformation of our current practices, norms and cultures. To help us achieve this goal, Dr. Kevin McDonald, interim vice chancellor for Inclusion, Diversity & Equity and chief diversity officer for the University of Missouri System, has introduced the nationally acclaimed “Inclusive Excellence Framework.” This framework serves as a guide and a strategic planning tool to enhance the future viability and vitality of our university. Together, we can create a campus environment where everyone can thrive. In this session, participants will learn how to map current initiatives and create new goals, objectives and strategies within the “Inclusive Excellence Framework.”

Presented by Dr. Tara Rae Warne-Griggs, Division of Inclusion, Diversity & Equity

Tara started with the Office of Inclusion, Diversity & Equity in December 2016. Prior to that, she worked for nine years in Institutional Research & Quality Improvement as a research analyst and quality improvement professional. Contact Tara at warnegriggstr@missouri.edu.


LGBTQ in the Workplace: How to Create a More Inclusive Environment

Wednesday, April 12, 2017
Noon to 1:30 p.m., Memorial N103c – Stotler III

As part of LGBTQ Pride month, we are extending programing to faculty and staff to learn how to make the University of Missouri a more welcoming and safe environment for members of the LGBTQ community. Aligned with our goal of Inclusive Excellence, this session will provide participants with an opportunity to: a) gain an increased understanding of gender identities and sexual orientations as they relate to the workplace, b) learn about some of the policies and practices that impact people who identify as LGBTQ c) gain strategies for making classrooms and workplaces more inclusive, and d) explore strategies for strategies for diversity in recruitment.

Presented by Shane Stinson, Guest Relations Coordinator

After graduating with bachelor’s degree in psychology and women's & gender studies in 2015, Shane Stinson is now the Guest Relations Coordinator at the University of Missouri. He is also a member of the university's Student Affairs Inclusion Collective and an activist for authentic and empathetic inclusion on university campuses. Shane’s experience as a transgender man has been covered in both local and national media and has influenced the activism he engaged in during his undergraduate career. He enjoys providing insight on how to better support transgender students and staff within university policies, programs and practices.Contact Shane at Stinsons@missouri.edu.

Presented by Sean Olmstead, MU LGBTQ Resource Center

Sean has served as coordinator of the LGBTQ Resource Center at the University of Missouri since summer 2015. With degrees in business administration and student affairs in higher education, he strives to create higher education environments where both students and professionals can find community and success. Sean has presented locally, regionally and nationally to students, faculty and staff on ways to engage in active allyship toward the LGBTQ Community. Contact Sean at Olmsteads@missouri.edu.