Category: Student Involvement

Celebrate Latina/Latino Heritage Month

By , October 7, 2014 8:42 am

LatinoLatina-BlogImageCelebrate Latina/Latino Heritage Month!

Join the UMKC Libraries, the Multicultural Student Affairs Office, and Latina/Latino Studies Program for programs and events to celebrate this rich cultural heritage.

Start the month with a panel discussion with UMKC professors Dr. Theresa Torres, Dr. Miguel Carranza, and Stuart Hinds on Oct 9th at Noon in Room 151 of the new Learning Center at Miller Nichols Library.

Discussion points will include Dr. Torres’ book The Paradox of Latina Religious Leadership in the Catholic Church: Las Guadalupanas of Kansas City, Julian Samora, the first Latino Sociologist with a PhD in the US, and library resources that explore Latino History.

This event is a partnership between UMKC Libraries and the Latina/Latino Studies Program.  For questions please contact Tom Burns at or 816-235-1875.

Multicultural Student Affairs (MSA) is located in the Student Union, 3rd floor and can be reached at 816-235-1109.  Events include:

  • Latino Professionals Panel Discussion on October 8th in the Admin Center Plaza Room at 6pm
  • free Cafe Con Pan on October 15 at MSA from noon-4pm
  • Latino Student Mixer on October 30th at Pierson Auditorium starting 6pm
  • Who Am I? Latino Identity on November 5th in the SGA Chambers at 6pm

Volunteer to make a difference in a child’s life

By , October 7, 2014 8:40 am

JumpstartDo you believe every child has the potential to succeed?  So do we.  Join Jumpstart — a national service movement — and make a difference in your community, your country, and in a child’s life.

At Jumpstart, you’ll join a national network engaging thousands of college students working with preschool children who need your help…and you just might change some lives—including your own!


Jumpstart Corps Members:

  • Serve 8-12 hours per week for a full school year in preschool classrooms right here in Kansas City
  • Help children develop language and literacy skills vital to success in school and life
  • Connect with a team of 4,300 Corps members committed to social change
  • Receive professional training in leadership, early childhood education, and civic engagement
  • Have the opportunity to join AmeriCorps and earn an education award of $1,195 to pay for tuition, loans, or books (upon completion of a 300-hour service term)
  • Develop leadership skills and gain valuable experience to prepare for life after college

Interested to know more?  Contact Sarah Reape at 816-235-6021 or  Or apply online at:

Black Studies Series Provides Perspective on Sports and the Media

By , October 6, 2014 4:14 pm

New_BlackStudies_NEWERThe Black Studies Program Open House series (Oct 13-16)  is focusing on a topic that has recently dominated the news.

Given the relentless news coverage of the NFL domestic violence allegations, the series – “Discovering the Intersection of Race, Gender and Sports Life in American Culture” – is a timely topic.

Since 2010, the Black Studies Program has offered an annual open house to educate students, faculty and community members about the program, and this year they chose to expand the open house to provide an opportunity to educate and engage more people in the community.

Black Studies partnered with the UMKC Libraries and the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum to expand their outreach. Ultimately, the goal is to inform the audience about Black Studies as a discipline, which can provide a perspective on current events.

The events are free and open to the public.

The program details are below:

Monday, Oct. 13

Glenn North, spoken word artist

6 p.m. reception; 7-8 p.m. presentation

Black Studies Program building, 5305 Holmes St.

Tuesday, Oct. 14

Carla Wilson, UMKC athletic director, and Kenneth D. Ferguson, associate professor, School of Law

“Dialogue between Experts” in the fields of athletics and sports law

6 p.m. reception; 7:30 p.m. presentation

UMKC School of Education, Room 115

Wednesday, Oct. 15

Dr. Ray Doswell, vice president, Negro Leagues Baseball Museum

6 p.m. reception; 7 p.m. presentation

Black Studies Program building, 5305 Holmes St.

Thursday, Oct. 16

Dr. James L. Conyers, author and professor

“Race in American Sports Essays”

6 p.m. reception; 6:30 presentation

Negro Leagues Baseball Museum, 1616 E. 18th St., Kansas City, Mo.

Kick-off Founders’ Week with UMKC Family Weekend

By , September 16, 2014 1:35 pm

UMKC family weekendWe are excited to welcome families back to campus this Fall!  Family Weekend is a wonderful opportunity for families to connect with their students, experience UMKC campus life, and explore the Kansas City community.

No formal agenda is set for Family Weekend, but there are events occurring both on and off campus that suit a variety of family interests, including a KC Sporting game, community service event, Block Party, Regalia Run (and Kangaroo Kids’ Hop!), campus tours, and UMKC Volleyball game.

Register online at the Family Programs Website!  Enjoy a great weekend at UMKC–and don’t forget the celebration continues with UMKC Founders’ Week!

For more information, questions, or comments about Family Weekend, please contact  Visitors with special needs or requests can write ahead to to make arrangements.  Some events require pre-registration and tickets (visit the website to register and purchase tickets).


Celebrate Constitution Day on Sept 17

By , September 9, 2014 10:33 am

Constitution Day 2014How much do you remember from your civics and American government courses?  Test your knowledge in honor of Constitution Day!

Please join the UMKC School of Law for a trivia competition over the lunch hour on September 17, 2014 in the law school’s student lounge.  The event is hosted by the American Constitution Society and the Black Law Student Association.

Also in honor of Constitution Day, UMKC Law students are volunteering to teach a civics class at a local middle school to share their passion for the Constitution and Constitutional law.

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 Trans+ and Allies Groups

By , September 2, 2014 5:16 pm

Trans AlliesUMKC values diversity and inclusiveness and is committed to being a welcoming environment that supports the success of all students.

Trans+ Young Adult Social Group is a trans-exclusive space for trans+ identifying college students and young adults age 18-30 to discuss topics relevant to the experience of being a trans+ young adult.  The group meets on Monday nights from 7-9pm in the Rainbow Lounge at UMKC.

We have also started an exciting, new all-inclusive Trans+Allies group this semester that is open to trans+ individuals of all ages, friends, family, community members, students, and anyone who identifies as an ally.  The group meets the first Thursday of each month in the Student Union room 302 from 6-8pm starting September 4th.  This would be a great group for ally students, family members and friends of trans+ individuals, as well as trans+ individuals who are unavailable on Monday nights or do not meet the age restriction for the college student/young adult group.

For more information, contact Alexandra Ross or Michelle Farrell at or Jonathan Pryor, coordinator of UMKC LGBTQIA Programs & Services, at

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