Mission & History


The mission of LGBTQIA Programs and Services is to provide Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer, Questioning, Intersex, Asexual, and Ally  (LGBTQIA) students with the support, resources, and education needed to become a full member of the UMKC campus community and the communities where they live.

In conjunction with the mission of the Office of Student Involvement: The mission of the Office of Student Involvement is to engage students in a vibrant campus community through holistic, co-curricular experiences.

In support of this mission the LGBTQIA Programs & Services will help:

  • Create an environment in which better understanding of LGBTQIA issues can take place.
  • Facilitate student development through co-curricular experiences while affirming students’ identities and providing leadership opportunities.
  • Educate campus and our community on LGBTQIA issues of social justice.
  • Build collaboration where none has existed and continue to create new collaboration opportunities.
  • Provide training for students, faculty, staff and community members to create a greater Safe Space network.
  • Assist the University in achieving its retention goals by offering programming and services that promote student success.
  • Develop and sponsor programming that enhances the skills of students and assists in their development as students, scholars and professionals.
  • Serve as a resource for campus, the Greater Kansas City community and colleges and universities across the state of Missouri.

Resource Center History

In 1978, gay students at UMKC filed suit against the university for their right to assemble and become a recognized student organization on campus. In this landmark case, the United States Supreme Court ruled in favor of the UMKC Gay Student Union. LGBT-friendly history has been progressing ever since.

The Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender (LGBT) Office was launched in July 2003 as the LGBT Initiative in order to establish a physical presence for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender individuals at UMKC.

A break-through project of the UMKC Diversity in Action Plan (Project 6), the mission of the LGBT Office is to celebrate and honor the culture, history and accomplishments of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people.

Today our programs have grown to be more inclusive adapting “Q-I-A” (Queer, Questioning, Intersex, Asexual, and Ally) in our name. While it may seem cumbersome at first, the addition of QIA will allow us to be more inclusive in achieving our mission. As part of the Office of Student Involvement, LGBTQIA Programs & Services continues to support our LGBTQIA students, faculty, and staff through LGBTQIA centered trainings, educational workshops and programs, resources in our Rainbow Lounge, and support of our LGBTQIA students.

The LGBTQIA Partnership Committee provides valuable guidance and direction to LGBTQIA Programs & Services.

UMKC is one of 190+ universities in the United States with a professionally staffed LGBTQIA programs or center.