About Us

Chair’s Introduction

Welcome to the UMKC Staff Council!

We are a great collection of individuals from all across the University of Missouri-Kansas City and serve as a resource to staff. It is the hope and mission of this year’s Staff Council that we will increase awareness and engagement with all UMKC staff, support and promote our new Staff Ombudsman position as a positive addition for everyone, and support diversity, equity and inclusion through both campus and community initiatives. We will continue to advocate for increased communication and visibility between staff and the rest of campus, and advocate for the involvement of  staff in important decision-making procedures throughout campus.

We are your voice – your involvement and support are instrumental to achieving our shared goals and creating a campus that reflects our desired culture and climate.

I greatly look forward to the opportunity to work with as many staff members at UMKC as possible, and together, we can make our institution even greater.


Dea Marx


The mission of the UMKC Staff Council is to provide a forum of advocacy and outreach for all UMKC staff employees, to represent staff interests to the UMKC and UM System community and leadership and to provide opportunities for recognition and professional development.


Staff Council serves to promote a positive and collaborative work community. We strive to represent the voice of UMKC staff in university initiatives through education, advocacy, recognition, and outreach.


Staff Council originated in the 1970’s as the Administrative Assembly, an association of exempt staff at the university, which reported to the Director of Human Resources. In the 1980’s, it expanded to include non-exempt staff and became known as Staff Assembly.  In the mid-1990’s it underwent a final name change and became Staff Council.

Over the years, it has reported to the Vice Chancellor of Academic Affairs, and finally to the Chancellor. Created as an avenue toward better rights and benefits for university employees, it has continuously been involved in the ever evolving issues of parking, pay rates, family benefits, educational benefits, and training opportunities.

An equal share of Staff Council’s mission has been to get all employees involved in campus life, campus issues, and to show appreciation in return.