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Hello Faculty, Staff, and Students!

Congratulation you have made it this far in the semester! As the end of the semester nears and holiday season approaches, don't forget to take the time to seek and provide support to each other as well as prioritize your overall wellness.

For this month's issue, we will learn about ways you can provide inputs for DEI 2.0, the upcoming Native American Heritage Month Events, along with other DEI events & resources. If you have any questions feel free to contact us

UMSI'S Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion Office (DEIO)

DEI 2.0 Engagement Sessions

Text stating: We Want Your Insights. There's an image of a magnifying glass inside of a light blub on top of the word insights.

Students please RSVP for an upcoming DEI 2.0 Engagement Session!

Make a Difference at UMSI! Share your thoughts, ideas, and concerns to help shape our DEI 2.0 Planning Process! For background on what UMSI accomplished in DEI 1.0, check out this website.

Ways to Engage:

  1. Attend an in-person or Zoom session (dates below). Food provided! RSVP strongly encouraged but not required, requested for food and space planning purposes (you are not required to RSVP to attend)
  2. Add feedback asynchronously and anonymously through this  Google Form
  3. Start a conversation/add thoughts or reflections via Slack channel (please check your emails and Slack for the respective links to your asynchronous online discussions)
  4. Sign up for an appointment to speak 1:1 with a  DEI Office staff to share ideas and/or concerns. Book Here!

Examples of the types of feedback you might provide: 

  • What classroom practices make you feel most engaged and able to fully contribute to the discussion?
  • What makes working in a group go well; where every person is able to be heard, seen and their contributions valued? 
  • When do you feel able to share challenges, ask questions or request accommodations due to a disability or personal circumstances (caregiving responsibilities, mental health, personal emergency)? 
  • What makes UMSI a fun place to work, learn, teach?
  • Share concerns and/or challenges you have faced while at UMSI related to inclusion, equity, or diversity that need to be addressed.
BSI Engagement Session
Monday, December 5-- 11:00-12:30 pm 

Location: 2435 North Quad
Food Provided 

MADS Engagement Session
Thursday, December 1-- 6:00pm - 7:30pm

Location: On Zoom 
Zoom Link: coming soon...
MHI/MSI Engagement Session
Friday, December 2nd | 3:00-4:30 pm 

Location:  The Collegian
Food Provided

PhD Engagement Session
Tuesday, December 6 | 1:00pm - 2:30pm 

Location: UMSI Engagement Center
Food Provided


Native American Heritage Month is all about acknowledging the contributions of Americans who are descendants of Native America Nations and their ancestors. In November we are reminded to honor the many cultural heritage, history, art, traditions. Learn more.
The Multi-Ethnic Student Affairs office and Native American Student Association Present:

Native American Heritage Month Closing Celebration
Keynote Talk with Dr. Stephanie Fryberg 
Join us at the closing event of Native American Heritage Month where we will celebrate a month long of amazing events including a talk with Dr. Stephanie Fryberg on how the omission and invisibility of Native peoples constitutes the modern form of bias that our people experience. The event will include a community meal, we hope to see you there!

When: Wednesday, November 30 | 6:00–8:00 p.m.
Location: Michigan Union Pendleton Room

To learn more about Native American Heritage Month, please visit Native American Heritage Month at U-M.
Happy Thanksgiving!

As we take time off during this Thanksgiving Break, let's be mindful that Thanksgiving means something different for everyone. Check this article out to reflect and "Re-Think Thanksgiving."


Two white women with long curled black hair standing side by side. The woman on the left is wearing a no sleeve white blouse and the woman on the right is wearing v-neck white blouse. Text read Wallace House Presents. Special Screening of feature film "She Said" with reporters Jodi Kantor and Megan Twohey. Location: Michigan Theater. Date: Monday, Nov 28th at 5:30pm
Wallace House Presents:
The feature film “She Said,” and a conversation with Jodi Kantor and Megan Twohey
- Watch the feature film "She Said," based on their book of the same name, and meet the reporters behind the groundbreaking expose at an in-per conversation immediately following the movie screening. Learn more.
University of Washington's DO-IT is hosting a webinar:
Blocked entry: how block-based programming is inaccessible and what could be done about it
Monday, November 30, 2022
10am - 11am Pacific/1-2 pm Eastern

This webinar will dive into "the issues with blocks and screen readers and discuss some previous work on screen readers and programming (both blocks and text).  Then [it] will introduce frame-based programming and explain how its core design should provide better support for screen-readers than block-based programming.  Finally [it] will discuss the challenges of actually achieving this and highlight [their] planned future work in this area."
Registration is needed!
Automatic captions will be used. We plan to use automatic captions. To request sign language interpreters or CART captioning, email

Opportunities for Students

Attend the Michigan State University In-Person Spring 2023 Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Symposium on February 1, 2023, from 3-8pm EST at the Breslin Student Events Center!

This is an In-Person Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Symposium! This event is an all-majors fair designed to create additional exposure and career opportunities for all students with the goal of diversifying the workforce. 


What are office hours?

Office hours are opportunities for the UMSI community to connect with UMSI’s Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Office staff. 

What kind of topics can we discuss during office hours? 

Feel free to talk to us about ANYTHING!
Here is a brief list of things people come to us for:
  • If you face any issues related to diversity, equity, and/or inclusion, this includes topics like bias/racism or accessibility issues. 
  • You have concerns about the school climate.
  • There is an exciting event or program you'd like to bring to UMSI that serves marginalized identities, highlights cross-cultural perspectives, and/or has a focus on equity. 
  • You'd like more information about the DEI Funding and assistance with the application process.

Who has office hours?

  • Judy Schabel - Assistant Dean for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion 
  • Devon Keen - Director of Inclusion, Equity, and Outreach
  • Sandra Lopez - Outreach Coordinator 
  • Dushyanth Aluwihare - Committee Graduate Student Staff Assistant  
  • Samartha Okyne - Office Graduate Student Staff Assistant

How can I sign up for office hours?

You can sign-up for office hours by visiting our 
DEIO Appointment Calendar


Do you want to host a DEI-related speaker, travel to a conference, or start a project at UMSI?  Well, these events could be funded by UMSI’s Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Office and DEI Committee!


The UMSI DEI Funding may be used for:

  • Speaker or facilitator fees/honorariums
  • Conference or webinar attendance or other training opportunities to support individual learning and professional development 
  • Conference attendance to support networking and career development focusing on members of underrepresented groups or identities
  • Refreshments or meals
  • Supplies, materials, resources, or equipment
  • Other expenses that support the stated activity

Request Process

Funding requests should be made well in advance, ideally 4-6 weeks before your activity or event will take place. DEIO Staff will review funding requests and decide in consultation with the DEI Committee. The committee will provide an initial response within 7 days and a decision within 14 days of receiving the request. for more information check out the website .


If you have questions or concerns about your request, please email


The UMSI Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion Office (DEIO) wants to connect UMSI students with outreach opportunities to spread awareness of the field of Information Science to underrepresented and diverse students. This includes
K-12 outreach and collaborations with campus partners.  Please complete this interest form if you are interested in being notified of and participating in future outreach opportunities.

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