Students, faculty and staff from UMKC will be partnering with the Kansas City chapter of the Human Rights Campaign on a Day of Service for the Martin Luther King Jr. Holiday on Jan. 18.
This effort will provide sack lunches and personal care packages for homeless people; donations in advance are encouraged.
The UMKC campus will be closed for the holiday, but the partnership is designed to give the UMKC community an opportunity to “take the day on, not off.” The local effort is part of a nationwide volunteer effort led by the Human Rights Campaign, with activities in 20 cities.
In each of the communities, HRC and local partners are working together to address the challenge of LGBT youth homelessness. According to a study by the Williams Institute, The Palette Fund, and the True Colors Fund, LGBT youth make up to 40 percent of homeless and at-risk youth. Also, according to a study by Center for American Progress, LGBT youth are eight times more likely to commit suicide if rejected by family members.
In Kansas City, UMKC volunteers and other community members will assemble sack lunches and personal care packages for distribution to homeless people, working with Neighbor 2 Neighbor, an organization that provides food 365 days a year to anyone in need in the Kansas City area. The volunteer effort will run from noon to 3 p.m. Jan. 18 at the Mary Kelly Center, 2803 E. 51st St. Pizza will be served to the volunteers. Volunteers, from UMKC or throughout the community, can sign up for the event at www.hrc.org/mlkkansascity.
The project is also collecting donations of food and personal care items in advance of the holiday event. People can purchase items through an Amazon Wish List at https://www.amazon.com/gp/registry/wishlist/8KYFG4CRI8RG/ref=cm_sw_su_w or drop off donations at Neighbor 2 Neighbor through Jan. 15 at 500 W. 40th St., Kansas City, Mo., during the following hours:
- Monday – Friday: 8:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. & 6:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.
- Saturday: 8:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
- Sunday: 12:30 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.
Need a break from studying this week for finals? Check out Stress Less Fest–starting today with a Holiday Hustle at Swinney Recreation Center (interval training to get your heart pumping for a good reason). Other events include a healing arts workshop, massages, cuddling with puppies, Wind Down Wednesday, and the popular Late Night Breakfast. Click on the poster for more details.
Also note — extended hours at the Union and the Miller Nichols Library to meet your late-night study needs.
Good luck and don’t forget to take care of yourself!
Registration is open for the “Walk a Mile in Her Shoes” fundraiser on Thursday, Sept. 17, 2015. “Walk a Mile in Her Shoes” asks men to walk a mile in women’s high-heeled shoes.
Walking in women’s shoes helps men better understand and appreciate women’s experiences, thus changing perspectives, helping improve gender relationships and decreasing the potential for violence.
The march will be at the University Playhouse, 51st Street and Holmes Street. The event will kick off at 5:30 p.m., the march will start at 6 p.m. and the meal will be at 6:30 p.m. All proceeds benefit the UMKC Women’s Center and the UMKC Violence Prevention and Response Program.
Registration is required here.
For more information, contact the UMKC Women’s Center at 816-235-1638.
As part of Welcome Week 2015 activities, UMKC and Sporting Kansas City are launching a month-long, enter-to-win sweepstakes, which will run during the month of August. Sporting KC fans can enter to win online. Multiple entries will be awarded for fans who share the contest on Twitter and Facebook as well as those fans who follow @UMKansasCity on Twitter.
The Rally with the Roos sweepstakes is a prize package for 10 lucky Sporting Kansas City supporters! The winners receives the following:
- Two tickets to UMKC night on Sept. 27 vs. Seattle Sounders
- One VIP Parking Pass
- $10 food and beverage voucher
- One autographed soccer ball
- Two Rally with the Roos T-Shirts
The sweepstakes ends on Aug. 31 and the winners will be randomly selected the first week of September. Follow @UMKansasCity and @SportingKC on Twitter for all the latest on the sweepstakes. For the official promotion rules, click here.
Think getting ready for finals is all work and no play? A little stress is good, but taking a break is better–check out the events designed to help you Stress Less!
The Fest kicks off on Thursday with free Roasterie Coffee for Sporting KC, cuddling up with Therapy Dogs, and Late Night Breakfast!
Click on the posters for more details!
Members of the UMKC and Kansas City communities are invited to get a first look at potential design concepts for UMKC’s Free Enterprise Center on Friday, May 6, courtesy of students and faculty from the Department of Architecture, Urban Planning and Design.
Students in the Architectural Design Studio II class, led by professors John Eck, RA, and Ted Seligson, FAIA, developed concepts for the center as their final project for the semester. Their drawings and models will be juried from 1:30 to 5 p.m. May 6 in Room 101 of Katz Hall. The student presentations will include 3-D models, location plans, floor plans and building sections illustrating double-height spaces, overlooks and daylighting strategies.
UMKC’s Free Enterprise Center, a new building planned for the corner of Brookside and Volker boulevards, will be designed to be the new gateway to the UMKC Volker Campus. According to the faculty assignment to the students, “At the nexus of these two boulevards and in clear view of the historic Country Club Plaza District, the architecture of the building must react to and leverage the historic integrity of the existing site and surroundings. The opportunity presented by the visibility of the site allows the activity within the facility to be put on display, to be a showcase for UMKC, and to be a visible hub of entrepreneurial creativity.”
The Free Enterprise Center will house programs associated with UMKC’s School of Computing and Engineering, the Henry W. Bloch School of Management and the UMKC Innovation Center. It will be a resource for K-12 outreach, higher education institutions, prototype manufacturing, start-up and technology transfer, advising, and student team collaboration, specifically becoming the home of the student organization ENACTUS.