Category: Announcements

We Work for Change – event simulcast for students (Oct 3)

By , September 14, 2017 8:17 am

The Women’s Foundation is celebrating their 25th anniversary this year with an event, “We Work for Change,” featuring former UN Ambassador Samantha Power, who will speak about the importance of young people’s (particularly women’s) civic engagement.

The youngest-ever U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations and one of TIME’s “100 Most Influential People,” Samantha Power spent the first half of her career explaining complex geopolitical events – as a Pulitzer Prize-winning author, war correspondent, and Harvard professor – and the last eight years helping to shape these events.

Through a special sponsorship, students can attend a live screening of the event—for free—at the Student Union Theatre on Oct 3rd from 4-6pm.  Students must bring their student ID card to attend the simulcast.

Students RSVP here.

The keynote itself is at the Kauffman Performing Arts Center, which is co-hosted by Leo and Yvette Morton.  Please note that the simulcast is for students only:  community members, faculty, and staff who wish to attend will need to purchase a ticket for the event.





Campus Climate Survey results revealed

By , September 12, 2017 9:28 am

Survey Shows Progress, While Issues Remain

The University of Missouri-Kansas City provides a campus climate that almost 80% of students, faculty and staff rated as “comfortable” or “very comfortable” in an October 2016 survey.

Despite that finding, however, 17% of respondents indicated that they had personally experienced “exclusionary, intimidating, offensive and/or hostile conduct” because of their position at the university or their ethnicity, age, gender or gender identity. That 17% figure is slightly lower than the 20% – 25% result that is typical of studies of similar campuses, according to the consultants who produced the survey.

“While the level of overall satisfaction is welcome news, we recognize that we have work to do to ensure that UMKC offers a truly inclusive campus environment that is grounded in mutual respect, and recognizes and values each person’s needs, abilities and potential,” said Barbara A. Bichelmeyer, Interim Chancellor and Provost.

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Social Justice Book Discussion: They Can’t Kill Us All (Oct 4 and 12)

By , September 12, 2017 9:12 am

Join Scott Curtis, book discussion leader, as we explore the book They Can’t Kill Us All: Ferguson, Baltimore, and a New Era in America’s Racial Justice Movement by Pulitzer Prize winner and Washington Post Reporter Wesley Lowery.

Copies of the book are available at the Miller Nichols Library Circulation Desk.

October 4, 2017 | 3:00 – 4:30 pm
Miller Nichols Library, 1st Floor – iX Theatre


This discussion is part of UMKC’s 11th Annual Social Justice Lecture Series.  The accompanying lecture & book signing with the author will be held on Thursday, October 12, 2017 at 6p.m. in Pierson Auditorium.

Note: Lecture fee is $10. UMKC students attend the lecture for free. Faculty who bring their students also attend free.

Book Summary:

A deeply reported book that brings alive the quest for justice in the deaths of Michael Brown, Tamir Rice, and Freddie Gray, offering both unparalleled insight into the reality of police violence in America and an intimate, moving portrait of those working to end it

Conducting hundreds of interviews during the course of over one year reporting on the ground, Washington Post writer Wesley Lowery traveled from Ferguson, Missouri, to Cleveland, Ohio; Charleston, South Carolina; and Baltimore, Maryland; and then back to Ferguson to uncover life inside the most heavily policed, if otherwise neglected, corners of America today.

In an effort to grasp the magnitude of the repose to Michael Brown’s death and understand the scale of the problem police violence represents, Lowery speaks to Brown’s family and the families of other victims other victims’ families as well as local activists. By posing the question, “What does the loss of any one life mean to the rest of the nation?” Lowery examines the cumulative effect of decades of racially biased policing in segregated neighborhoods with failing schools, crumbling infrastructure and too few jobs.

Studded with moments of joy, and tragedy, They Can’t Kill Us All offers a historically informed look at the standoff between the police and those they are sworn to protect, showing that civil unrest is just one tool of resistance in the broader struggle for justice. As Lowery brings vividly to life, the protests against police killings are also about the black community’s long history on the receiving end of perceived and actual acts of injustice and discrimination. They Can’t Kill Us All grapples with a persistent if also largely unexamined aspect of the otherwise transformative presidency of Barack Obama: the failure to deliver tangible security and opportunity to those Americans most in need of both.

– Amazon Booksellers

UMKC Celebrates Constitution Day on Sept 16, 2017

By , September 7, 2017 11:23 am

UMKC will celebrate Constitution Day on Saturday, September 16, 2017 with an event sponsored by the UMKC School of Law and the Kansas City Youth Court:  Know Your Rights and Learn the Law.

Hosted by local law enforcement and attorneys, the session will focus on how the Bill of Rights applies to individuals as well as our rights and responsibilities and how to interact with police.  Youth, parents, and students are invited to attend.

Lunch is provided:  RSVP at

Please see flyer for event details.

Constitution Day became a recognized federal holiday in 2004, when legislation authored by Senator Robert Byrd was signed into law.  The Act mandates that all educational institutions that receive public funding provide educational programming on the history of the American Constitution on or near September 17th each year.



New Bus Route from UMKC to Crossroads, Downtown and River Market

By , September 6, 2017 11:30 am

RideKC recently introduced a new bus route, giving riders a more direct route to the Crossroads, Downtown and the River Market.

The new 55 Universities-Crossroads route runs right through the middle of the Volker Campus campus and offers more weeknight service. Check out the RideKC website for more bus schedules and times.

Use your UMKC student ID to board any RideKC bus free.

UMKC Dining Services to Open Aug. 18

By , August 16, 2017 4:57 pm

UMKC Dining Services at the UMKC Student Union will be available on Friday, Aug. 18 as we welcome our new residents into the university community.

The hours and venues are as follows:


  • Jazzman’s Café and Bakery will be open from 7:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.
  • Baja Fresh Express will be open from 10:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.
  • Chick-fil-A will be open from 10:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.
  • Mein Bowl will be open from 10:30 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
  • The Dining Hall, located in the Atterbury Student Success Center, will also begin operation Friday, Aug. 18 on a brunch/dinner schedule from 11 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. and 4:30 p.m. – 7 p.m.
  • Smart Market, located in Oak Street Hall, will be open Friday, Aug. 18 from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.

The Student Union is currently operating on the regular schedule of Monday through Saturday, 7 a.m. – 11 p.m.; and Sunday, 11 a.m. – 11 p.m. Exception for Sunday, Aug. 20: The Student Union will open at 10 a.m. on Sunday, Aug. 20 to accommodate the UMKC Bookstore operation and Convocation/Union Fest activities.

The UMKC Bookstore located in the Student Union, will be open from 8 a.m. – 6 p.m. on Friday, Aug. 18; 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 19; and 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. on Sunday, Aug. 20.

All other retail venues (Einstein Brothers Bagels, UMKC Café featuring Starbucks, The Robot Café and the Hospital Hill Café) will begin operating on Monday, Aug. 21.

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