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Fall Diversity & Inclusion Day

Fall Diversity & Inclusion Professional Development Day

"Managing Diversity and inclusion in Turbulent Times"

Friday, October 12, 2018

Southeast Missouri State University

The Missouri Diversity Officers in Higher Education (MODOHE) will convene for our Fall Diversity and Inclusion Professional Development Day this October. The meeting will take place in the Summit Lounge of the J.C. Penney Conference Center, located on the University of Missouri–St. Louis campus.

Participants will have the opportunity to:

  • Engage in professional development experiences and learn about best practices, strategies, and programs centered on diversity and inclusion;
  • Develop professional networks with colleagues locally and statewide; and
  • Connect with a professional organization which focuses on the advancement of diversity and inclusion and supports chief diversity officers and other diversity professionals in navigating the ever changing landscape of climate on our campuses, within Missouri and nationally.

Program Information and Schedules of Events

Program Agenda

The current schedule can be downloaded here.

NOTE: We ask that you attend the entire day, the event will be outcome driven and your participation is important.

Please peruse the program schedule of events in advance. Concurrent Sessions and Roundtable Discussions are designed to be participatory in nature, so we hope that you will engage the presenters with your expertise and knowledge.

Key Note Speaker: Dr. Benjamin Ola. Akande

Benjamin Ola. Akande, Ph.D. is Senior Adviser to the Chancellor and Director of the Africa Initiative at Washington University in St. Louis. As a Nigerian born American, he was appointed by Chancellor Mark S. Wrighton in March 2018 to strengthen and expand the University’s efforts in Africa. He assists in developing and implementing strategy in bringing people together to identify ways to expand and enhance activities that will be rewarding to students and faculty, and build on initiatives in Africa

Networking Dinner

Thursday, October 11, 2018

6:00–8:00 p.m.

Bar Louie

Join diversity colleagues and friends for an evening of dinner, networking and fun at one of the local restaurants. For planning purposes, please indicate your plans to attend in your online registration document. Each attendee will be responsible for their own meal. Bar Louie is located at:

1650 Beale St #180 St Charles, MO 63303

More Information

Chief diversity officers, directors, managers and others responsible for diversity and inclusion efforts in higher education from colleges and universities across the state of Missouri.

There are several hotel options near the University of Missouri–St. Louis. UMSL is conveniently located close to the Lambert Airport, which offers hotel transportation shuttles as well as car rentals and access to St. Louis’ rapid transit systems. A list of local hotels can be found here.

The University of Missouri–St. Louis north campus is located approximately 10 minutes east of St. Louis Lambert International Airport. The MetroLink red line runs from the airport to Scott Airforce Base in Illinois. The UMSL North Station would be the closest station to the J. C. Penney Bldg.

If traveling by car, the campus is located on the Hwy 70 route between Hanley Rd. (exit 239) just west of the campus and University Blvd. (exit 240) just east of the campus.

Campus map and directons can be found here.

A list of Cape Girardeau area attractions, including family friendly destinations, can be found here.

Complimentary parking permits will be emailed to each registered attendee at the address provided during registration. Attendees may park in Lots A and B and the north garage. Accessible parking is available in Lot B. Please refer to the campus map for more information..

All attendees are asked to register here by October 9, 2018. There is no registration fee. Costs for the meeting have been covered by sponsors.

Check-in will begin at 8:30 a.m. in the Summit Lounge. The opening session will begin promptly at 9:00 a.m.

Complimentary meals will be provided for registrants and will include: a continental breakfast, lunch and an afternoon snack. Please indicate any dietary restrictions during the online registration process to insure accommodation.

Dress for this event is business casual. THe forcast calls for partly cloudy with highs in the mid to upper 70s. Please dress appropriately, and be mindful as the rooms can be chilly depending on the weather.

Please indicate any accommodation needs during the on-line registration process. Handicapped parking spaces are available in the parking lot A. See campus map for more info.

Wireless internet access will be available. Instructions will be given to all attendees on the day of the meeting.

As part of the event, we are encouraging you to bring your institutional swag, as we will be giving out swag all day long. Please provide your items at check in.

Note from the planning committee

We have been working diligently to provide you with the best experience possible and we look forward to seeing you at our Fall Diversity and Inclusion Professional Development Day at the University of Missouri St. Louis.

If you have any questions regarding registration, please contact Robert N. Page Jr. at

General questions can be sent to any one of the committee members listed below.

We look forward to seeing you on Friday, October 12th!


Your MODOHE Planning Committee



Academic Hall 010-011

Office of Institutional Equity & Diversity
One University Plaza, MS 3375
Cape Girardeau, Missouri 63701