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Creating Our Culture of Equity, Diversity and Inclusion

Next Livestream Series Conversation:
Tuesday, March 21, 2023,
10-10:45 a.m. — Online panel discussion;
10:45–11 a.m. — Regional discussion

Topic: Ageism, Age Diversity and the Multi-generational Workforce
With five generations spanning the current workforce, we should seek to understand societal biases and prevent discrimination based on age to maintain a positive and successful working environment. Join MU Extension guests for a discussion about Ageism, Age Diversity and the Multi-generational Workforce.

A Conversation Leading to Inclusive Plans (CLIP) PDF outline to guide follow-up regional discussions will be available soon.

2023 Season

This year's six conversations about equity, diversity and inclusion issues take place every other month during regularly scheduled third Tuesday meetings. Join host Sawiyyah (Chiquita) Chanay, education director, MU Extension Community Health and Engagement Outreach, and colleagues across the state. All MU Extension faculty and staff are invited and encouraged to attend!

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.

November 15, 2022: What do the holidays mean to all of us
The Nov. 15 “What do ‘the holidays’ mean to all us?” conversation explores the history and variety of cultural and religious observances, attitudes, customs and traditions around the holidays and best practices for how to honor, acknowledge and respect all. East Central Regional Director Matt Herring, Associate Director of HR Kim LeCompte, Greene County labor and workforce development specialist Amy Patillo, and EDIC member Candace Rodman, a nutrition and health specialist in Randolph County, discuss how to foster great understanding and respect for that diversity now and throughout the year.
Resources: Conversations Leading to Inclusive Plans (CLIP) outline to guide local conversations about the holidays (PDF)

September 20, 2022: National Hispanic Heritage Month
National Hispanic Heritage Month, Sept. 15-Oct. 15, is a way to highlight and learn more about this rich and diverse history and culture while building MU Extension’s partnerships and engagement with Latino communities in Missouri and learning about resources to support those efforts. Guests are: Estrella Carmona, county engagement specialist, nutrition and health education, Ste. Genevieve County; EDIC member Gerardo Martinez, UMKC Alianzas coordinator and director of intercultural engagement and inclusion; and Kassandra (Kassie) Maturino, field specialist, Community Health and Engagement Outreach. Resources: Resources to support work with Latinx communities. Conversations Leading to Inclusive Plans (CLIP) outline to guide conversations about National Hispanic Heritage Month.

July 19, 2022: Disability Awareness 101
In End the Awkward: Disability Awareness 101, Amber Cheek, director of accessibility and ADA coordinator with the MU Office of Accessibility and ADA, helps us explore: (at 39:49) four effective guideposts for creating disability inclusion; the full scope of ability, accessibility and inclusivity issues and opportunities; how disability-related language has evolved — and is still evolving; and resources that support inclusion.

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