Category: Announcements

A Schedule of Listening Sessions and List of Diversity Resources

By , November 17, 2015 2:56 pm

QuadPlease join us for a continuing series of campus listening sessions for our students, faculty and staff. One was held last week, two are scheduled in December and one will be held in January.

The purpose of these meetings is for our UMKC community to give voice to, and to listen to, perspectives and experiences of diversity, campus climate and recent events at Mizzou in Columbia and throughout the University of Missouri System. To create a safe and welcoming environment, the meetings will be open to UMKC students, faculty and staff only and will not be recorded. The meetings will not be open to the general public or media.

Chancellor Leo E. Morton and Provost Barbara A. Bichelmeyer welcome any and all members of the university community to join in respectful dialogue. Deans, department heads, supervisors and faculty are encouraged to make opportunities for their staff and students to attend one of these meetings. Non-exempt employees should not be required to take time off to participate.

The meeting dates will be:

Tuesday, December 8, 2015 at 6 p.m. in Pierson Auditorium.

Wednesday, December 9, 2015 at 9:30 a.m. in room 5301 at the Health Sciences Building – this will be accessible via technology for students, faculty and staff who are not able to be present on campus.

Thursday, January 28, 2016 at 2 p.m. in the Student Union, room 401.

In addition, a March meeting will be set to report out on progress toward the actions and initiatives that grow out of these listening sessions.

Please know there are many campus resources you can contact for more information about diversity at UMKC:


Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental and Related Disabilities (LEND)

Office of Service for Students with Disabilities

University Center for Excellence In Developmental Disabilities (UCEDD)

Missouri Developmental Disability Resource Center (MODDRC)


Center on Aging Studies Without Walls

Gerontology Program

Institute for Human Development



Financial Aid and Scholarships

Kangaroo Pantry

UMKC’s Career Services

Worker Education and Labor Studies (WELS) Program

International Academic Programs

Scholarships for Minority and Underrepresented Students


African-American History and Culture House

African Students Culture Organization


Association of Latin American Students (ALAS)

Black Graduate Student Organization (BGSO)

Chinese Scholars and Student Association

El Club Espanol

Hispanic Law Association

Indian Students Association

International Academic Programs

International Student Affairs Office (ISAO)

Latina/Latino Studies Program

Multicultural Student Affairs

Multicultural Students Organization Council (MSOC)

Saudi Student Union

Students of Indigenous Origins

The African American Student Union (TAASU)

The Black Studies Program

UMKC Hispanic Advisory Board

Association for India’s Development


Women’s Center

Women’s & Gender Studies


Gay and Lesbian Archive of Mid-America

LGBTQIA Programs & Services



UMKC Veteran Students Resource Page

Student Veterans Organization at UMKC


Christian Medical and Dental Association

Christians on Campus

Fellowship of Christian Athletes (FCA)

Impact Student Ministries

Muslim Students Association

The Religious Studies Program

Additional UMKC resources


Office of Affirmative Action


Counseling, Health and Testing Center

Division of Diversity and Inclusion

Ethics and Compliance Hotline

Faculty Ombudsperson

Fraternity & Sorority Affairs

Human Resources

Institute for Human Development

Office of Diversity & Community Partnership – School of Medicine

Division of Student Affairs and Enrollment Management

Office of Student Involvement

Staff Council

Student Health and Wellness Center

Student Organizations

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Minority Student Affairs

Multicultural Student Affairs

Student Financial Aid

Office of Student Affairs

Chancellor and Provost to Host Town Hall Discussion

By , November 10, 2015 10:07 am

QuadChancellor Leo E. Morton and Provost Barbara A. Bichelmeyer will host a Town Hall listening session for students, faculty and staff Wednesday morning.

The session, to be held at 9 a.m. in Room 401 of the Student Union, is designed to give members of the university community an opportunity to share their thoughts about how to ensure that UMKC is a place where all students, faculty and staff feel respected and valued. As a campus that values diversity, how can UMKC best support its many stakeholders and ensure that we provide a civil, welcoming place to learn and work? What ideas, guidance or concerns should be heard by the Chancellor and the Provost?

Prior to the resignation Monday of University of Missouri President Tim Wolfe, leaders of student, faculty and staff groups joined with members of UMKC’s senior leadership team to issue a joint statement. In the statement, the group expressed their commitment to making UMKC a place where all students, staff, and faculty feel their voices can be heard.

After Wolfe announced his resignation, Morton said, “I respect Tim’s decision and I hope that people throughout the university, and the community, take to heart his comments about the need for listening and healing.”

Go Nuts for the Royals!

By , November 3, 2015 9:15 am

UMKC-Snack-AttackWant the opportunity to win Kansas City Royals gear and support the UMKC Kangaroo Pantry? On Thursday, Nov. 5, from 11:30 a.m. – 1 p.m. in both the Student Union and Atterbury Student Success Center Dining Hall the #PeanutPower Snack Attack Celebration will be in full swing! Stop by to receive free trail mix, celebrate the Royals and potentially win some Royals gear.

The Snack Attack Challenge, presented by the National Peanut Board, will reward the school that generates the most conversation about it on Twitter and Instagram using the #PeanutPower and #UMKC hash tags until Nov. 6. The school with the most and best quality Twitter and Instagram posts will be declared the Snack Attack Competition Champion and will win $2,500 to fuel their community outreach efforts.

Help the Kangaroo Pantry spread the word of #PeanutPower at #UMKC by attending the celebration and sharing your own pictures and messages on Twitter and Instagram. You can also join the fun by wearing your Kansas City Royals attire to the celebration Nov. 5.

U.S. Department of State Visit Day

By , October 26, 2015 9:17 am

State Department flyer 2015Interested in what it takes to be a diplomat and work in a foreign office?


Robert Andrew, the Diplomat-in-Residence from the U.S. Department of State, will be visiting UMKC on Tuesday, October 27.  His schedule will allow for several presentations listed below.



U.S. State Dept. Careers Presentation– 9am-10am, Atterbury Student Success Center Room 237

  • Informative discussion on the various career opportunities offered by the U.S. State Department

Coffee with a Diplomat– 1pm-2pm, Atterbury Student Success Center Room 237

  • “Ask a Diplomat” about careers in the U.S. Department of State

Coffee with a Diplomat– 4pm-5pm, Atterbury Student Success Center Room 237

  • “Ask a Diplomat” about careers in the U.S. Department of State

Foreign Service Oral Assessment Info Session5pm-7pm, Atterbury Student Success Center Room 222

  • Information in preparing for the Foreign Officer Test and the Qualification Evaluations Panel

Construction Update: Bixby Lane Closure

By , October 23, 2015 12:54 pm

Construction UpdateBixby Lane will close to vehicular traffic beginning October 27 and will reopen sometime around November 19 so that we can rework the concrete walk on the north side of the oval drive.  We will be able maintain all pedestrian access around this space for those going to and from the west side of campus.

Bixby Lane is the one-way street exiting the parking lot shared by the Performing Arts Center and the Atterbury Student Success Center.  It directs traffic onto Cherry Street near the parking structure.

Social Justice Lecture with Dr. Steve Perry

By , October 23, 2015 11:41 am

Social Justice LectureThe Diversity & Inclusion 9th annual Social Justice lecture features Dr. Steve Perry, MSW, Ed.D.

The goal of the Social Justice Series is to spark relevant dialogue around social justice issues and a commitment to civil rights for everyone, including students.  This year’s speaker can ignite that conversation.

“… the elements that will make running effective schools possible in the new millennium: great teachers and great lesson plans, committed principals, a lengthened school calendar, the use of technology and an updated curriculum …” Steve Perry

The above excerpt is from Perry’s book, “Push Has Come to Shove: Getting Our Kids the Education They Deserve – Even If It Means Picking a Fight.” Perry, Ed.D., will speak at 6 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 28 in Pierson Auditorium, followed by a book signing.

Register Now for October 28, 2015 at 6pm

Please note:  we have reached our capacity for Pierson Auditorium (600). However, we welcome you to still please join us by registering.  Upon arrival we will direct folks to a number of classrooms next to Pierson or Miller Nichols Library to view a live stream of Dr. Perry.  All, of course, are welcome to Pierson for the 7pm book signing.  Follow @DrStevePerry to alternatively watch a live broadcast of the lecture from the app PERISCOPE.  Dr. Perry will be live streaming using the new APP PERISCOPE.

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