COVID-19 Weekly Update (6/9)

June 10, 2020



(This message was originally sent on June 9, 2020. It is being published here for preservation.)

Dear Department Chairs, Associate Deans, Deans, Vice-Chancellors and colleagues:

Thanks to everyone who shared suggestions with me on the actions you are taking to combat bias, and create a culture of inclusion within your individual units. I am grateful to be able to learn about unique things being done in so many departments. We are working to compile this list into a document that can be shared, and that will be useful to all of us. My goal is for all of us to learn from each other. Included in this week’s updates is a list of useful resources shared by our colleagues at IDE.

Planning for Fall 2020

All Chairs have received a spreadsheet from their Associate Deans so that they can input changes to the Fall 2020 schedule. These are due back to the Associate Deans by Thursday, June 11.

Resources from IDE

• For anyone wanting to read more about preconceived notions and stereotypes in order to build a more inclusive workspace, the Office of Inclusive Engagement has created a self-guided curriculum to read and explore over 10 days:
https://diversity.missouri.edu/education-development/self-guided-curriculum-race-racism-and-the-american-experience/
• Curated lists of resources on identity education, arranged by media type:
https://diversity.missouri.edu/education-development/resources-for-identity-education/
• Suggestions on facilitating discussions with a group:
https://diversity.missouri.edu/education-development/resources-for-identity-education/facilitating-discussions/
• IDE Summer Express Training is full and has a wait list, but online training for faculty/staff is available through UMSL and UMKC:
https://diversity.missouri.edu/program/summer-2020-educational-and-professional-development-series/

Health and Well-Being Resources

• University employees can access the Employee Assistance Program (EAP), which provides counseling services and occupational stress programs.
• Employees may also choose to connect with a provider from the comfort of their homes with the behavioral health services available through university insurance.
• You may also check your health care benefits.
• Visit United Health Care’s Taking Care of Yourself or call the 24/7 Optum Wellness Emotional Support Line at 866-342-6892.

Thank you for all you do.

Sincerely,

Latha Ramchand