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Creating Our Culture of Equity, Diversity and Inclusion

Next Livestream Series Conversation:
Tuesday, July 19, 2022, 10 a.m.


2021-2022 Season

This year’s six conversations about equity, diversity and inclusion issues take place during regularly scheduled third Tuesday meetings. All MU Extension faculty and staff are invited and encouraged to attend — not just those who regularly attend the third Tuesday meetings.

Past Conversations

Fireside Conversations provide an open, safe and trusting forum for dialogue, sharing and learning around Equity, Diversity and Inclusion issues, education and training. These sessions are a way for us to engage across MU Extension to strengthen our competencies and understanding of how to keep EDI central in our lives and work.

May 17, 2022: Accessibility and Inclusivity
Creating accessible and inclusive materials, programs, events and environments where all — regardless of ability — feel welcome and included in MU Extension learning and partnership opportunities. Resources: Accessibility Resources

Mar. 15, 2022: Inclusive Language, Part 2
We continue last session’s “Demonstrating Respect and Dignity Through Inclusive Language” discussion on the many ways that we can be inclusive and respectful to people. We discuss microaggressions and stereotypes around race, gender, size, shape, age, sexual orientation and more. Resources: Microaggressions Resources

Jan. 18, 2022: Inclusive Language, Part 1
Inclusive language is not about being “politically correct.” It’s about dignity and respect. The “why” is as important as knowing the “what.” UMSL colleagues facilitate a discussion about inclusive language fundamentals and insights, “Demonstrating Respect and Dignity Through Inclusive Language.” We focus on inclusive language, specifically using pronouns and gender affirming language, as well as talking about in-groups and out-groups and the importance of recognizing the difference.

Nov. 16, 2021: Equitable Access
Let’s keep moving far beyond “compliance.” Join extension colleagues for tips, strategies and examples to help identify new audiences, different demographics and social determinants and find new ways to extend our work and provide equitable access to resources and education.

Sept. 21, 2021: Reframing our Goals
During this first conversation, we reviewed our MU Extension EDI strategic plan and goals. Presentation slides: Reframing Goals, Demographics talk