Category: Announcements

UMKC Climate Survey Open

By , October 17, 2016 2:28 pm

climate-popupDon’t Forget to Take the Climate Survey!

The designed to gauge how all members of the community experience the current campus climate via an assessment of Learning, Living and Working at UMKC.

The goals of the survey, dubbed “Each Voice Counts,” are multifold: 1) to better understand the current campus climate for working and learning at UMKC; 2) uncover any challenges facing members of our campus community; and 3) to utilize climate survey data to make improvements that will strengthen the campus environment for all.

The survey and more information about this process the can be found at

In addition, all UMKC stakeholders – students, faculty and staff – will be invited to participate in the development of the post-survey action initiatives.

At the end of the survey, participants can choose to enter their names for prize drawings; prizes include book and housing scholarships, parking passes, event tickets and Visa gift cards valued at up to $500. A complete list of prizes is available at

Because the survey is confidential and hosted on an external site, it must be completed in one sitting. Anyone may fill out a paper version of the survey by contacting the Office of Services for Students with Disabilities. For students with registered disabilities, OSSD may provide additional accommodations to ensure full participation.

The survey is open until November 4, 2016.


Be an Orientation Leader!

By , October 17, 2016 2:03 pm

Attention all UMKC Students!

  • Want to help new students transition to UMKC?
  • Want to share your Roo spirit & introduce new students to our vibrant campus life?
  • Want to hold a fun part-time job in Spring/Summer 2017?


To apply, go to: and click “Apply to be an Orientation Leader”

Application deadline is November 1, 2016


For more information, contact: Kim Kushner, Office of Admissions

Events & New Student Programs Coordinator, (816) 235-5579


Leon Jordan & The Rise of Black Politics in Kansas City

By , October 17, 2016 1:53 pm

leon-jordanThe UMKC Libraries, in partnership with KCUR and the UMKC Friends of the Library, will be exploring the life and work of Leon Jordan as well as his impact on current and future black politics in Kansas City.

Monday, October 24
Miller Nichols Learning Center: Jeannette Nichols Forum
5:30pm Reception, 6pm Event

Leon Jordan was a well-known and highly respected politician and civil rights leader in Kansas City and Missouri. He has often been hailed as one of the most influential African Americans in Kansas City history and, at the time of his death, the state’s most powerful black politician.

As a prominent member of Kansas City society, Jordan’s infamous murder and the mysteries surrounding it rattled the Kansas City community. But his memory and legacy live on to encourage the continued growth of black social and political leaders in Kansas City and beyond.

Be sure to arrive early or stay after the event to visit the Headlines: Leon Jordan in the Media exhibit on the Ground Floor of the Miller Nichols Library, now through October.

This event and exhibit are brought to you as part of the UMKC Friends of the Library portFOLio Series. For more information, contact Nicole Leone at

United Nations Day (Oct 24)

By , October 17, 2016 1:46 pm

Harry S Truman Center


Join Us In Celebration of the Mayor’s United Nations DayMonday October 24, 2016

Join The UMKC Truman Center for a Student Session held at the National Archives at Kansas City, where you can visit one-on-one with Shelly Pitterman, Regional Representative for the USA and the Caribbean for UNHCR, the UN’s refugee agency.  Event begins at 3:30 PM and will conclude at 5:00 PM.

Location: National Archives at Kansas City, 400 W. Pershing Road, Kansas City, MO 64108 (located immediately west of Union Station; parking is free)

Guest Speaker:  Mr. Shelly Pitterman, Regional Representative for the USA and the Caribbean for UNHRC, the UN’s refugee agency.

Mr. Pitterman, the son of Holocaust survivors and refugees, has firsthand knowledge of the unique challenges of refugees, an issue that has captured the world’s attention and directly impacted Kansas City in 2016. Pitterman will discuss the global refugee crisis with the Greater Kansas City community at this student session. He is the UNHCR Regional Representative for the USA and the Caribbean. He joined UNHCR in 1984 and served in Yei, Sudan (1984-1988); Headquarters Geneva on the Somalia Desk (1988-1990); N’zerekore, Guinea (1990-1992); and as the UNHCR Representative in Burundi (1992-1995). During his four year tenure as the Chief of UNHCR’s Resettlement Section, the Annual Tripartite Consultations on Resettlement began.Top of Form

2017-2018 FAFSA Now Available – priority deadline is Feb 1, 2017

By , October 4, 2016 12:19 pm

fafsa-2Don’t miss out on money!  The 2017-2018 FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) is now available!  Every student should submit an application to see what you may qualify for–not only federal loans, but many scholarships and grant programs (FREE money) use the FAFSA to determine need eligibility.

NEW priority deadline is February 1, 2017.  UMKC’s School Code is 002518.

Tip:  When entering tax information into the FAFSA, consider using the IRS Data Retrieval tool.  It’s fast, easy and accurate.

More information:

ElectFest Watch Party Oct 9

By , October 4, 2016 11:45 am

election-debate-watch-partyThe UMKC Department of Political Science and the Associated Students of the University of Missouri at UMKC will host a second presidential debate watch party and voter registration drive of the series, ElectFest ‘16, from 7 to 10 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 9 at Pizza 51, 5060 Oak Street, Kansas City, Mo.

This event is free and open to the public. Those who attend will enjoy free pizza, courtesy of the UMKC Office of Multicultural Student Affairs, and the UMKC Latina/Latino Studies Program, two of 10 ElectFest ‘16 partners. Free parking will be available on levels five and six of the Cherry Street Parking Garage, 5000 Cherry St., Kansas City, Mo.

As part of ElectFest ’16, UMKC volunteers participated in National Voter Registration Day on Sept. 27. They registered new voters and answered questions such as the process for absentee voting. Students also shared their reasons for voting in this year’s election:

“I vote because my vote matters.” – Wayne

“I vote because people say the younger generation chooses not to, and I want to change that.” –Emmanuel

“I vote for my children’s future.” – Christine

The goal of ElectFest ‘16 is to register new voters and engage the UMKC and Kansas City communities in the political process. ElectFest ’16 organizers also invite people to share why they vote on social media and use the hashtag #UMKCVotes. Approximately 250 people attended the first watch party and drive on Sept. 26. They enjoyed free pizza courtesy of the UMKC Women’s Center and the Women’s and Gender Studies Program. For a complete event schedule, visit ElectFest ’16 online. And click here for a complete list of ElectFest ’16 partners.

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