Women’s Center 40th Anniversary Gala


Join us as we celebrate our 40 years of service to the women and men of UMKC and the Kansas City community!  Founded in 1971 as the Women’s Resource Service in the Division of Continuing Education, the UMKC Women’s Center is one of the oldest campus-based women’s centers in the U.S. and the second oldest in the Midwest.

When:  Friday, April 20, 2012

Where:  River Market Event Place, 140 Walnut Street, KC MO

Time:  7:00 – 10:00 p.m.

Enjoy delicious hors dóeuvres and drinks, bid on incredible items at the silent auction, and celebrate to the music of the Barclay Martin Ensemble., who will premiere a song written in honor of the 40th anniversary.

All proceeds benefit the UMKC Women’s Center’s programs and services.  Individual tickets and sponsorships range from $20 to $5,000.  Click here to register individuals and sponsors online.  For more information, or with questions, contact us the Women’s Center at 816.235.1638 or umkc-womens-center@umkc.edu.

Women’s Center 40th Anniversary Celebration

Join us for Open House / Quilts on the Quad!

Saturday, October 1st  ~ 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Help us kick off our yearlong celebration of the UMKC Women’s Center’s 40th Anniversary. Stop by for some light refreshments, learn about our history and upcoming events, and sample the custom blend coffee created for the 40th Anniversary by The Roasterie.

Then head outside for a unique outdoor art installation featuring over 200 quilts created by local quilt artists and members of the Kansas City Modern Quilt Guild.

Co-sponsored by the Kansas City Modern Quilt Guild and UMKC Campus Facilities. For more information, please contact the Women’s Center at 816.235.1638 or umkc-women’s-center@umkc.edu.

Quilt Camp @ the UMKC Women’s Center

Looking for something to do this summer? Stop by the UMKC Women’s Center and become part of the Women’s Center forever! Under the guidance of local textile artist Nedra Bonds, you will create a 12×12” quilt square that will become part of the Women’s Equity Quilt and permanently installed in the Women’s Center in honor of its 40th Anniversary. No sewing skills necessary. Walk-ins are welcome, but space is limited. Reservations are encouraged.

When: Every Thursday, 1 – 5 p.m.; June 9 – July 28

Where: UMKC Women’s Center, 105 Haag Hall, 5120 Rockhill Road, KCMO

Cost: Free; but donations are welcome to support the Women’s Equity Quilt Project. Donations of $20 ($10 for students) will allow participant to create a second quilt square that they can keep

For more information or to reserve a spot, contact Patsy Campos at umkc-womens-center@umkc.edu or 816-235-1638.

Co-sponsored by the Her Art Project, the Arts Council of Metropolitan Kansas City, and the ArtsKC Fund.

Cross-posted on the UMKC Women’s Center blog.

African Art Exhibit Featuring Talk by WGS Faculty Maude Wahlman

What: An exhibition of rare African art from the collection of Dr. Ray Lake of Kansas City, MO in the Deluce Gallery at Northwest Missouri State University. Additionally, lectures on African Art to be given by Dr. Maude Wahlman and Dr. I Murphy Lewis.

Exhibit: April 4 – April 24, 2011

Dr. Maude Wahlman Lecture

April 4, 2011, 7 p.m.

Olive DeLuce Fine Art Building, room 244 – Exhibit Opening to follow.

Dr. Wahlman is a specialist in African Art. Having received her B.A. in Art from Colorado College, she completed her M.A. in anthropology at Northwestern and her PhD in Art History at Yale University. She is currently director of the Global Arts Initiative at UMKC. Dr. Wahlman joins us to speak on objects from the African art collection of Dr. Ray Lake of Kansas City, MO.

Mantillas y Rebozos: Hispanic Women’s Views on Sexuality

Friday, April 08, 2011

4:00 – 5:00 pm  Reception

5:00 – 6:00 pm  Mantillas y Rebozos

Guadalupe Center

1015 Avenida Cesar E. Chavez, Kansas City, MO 64108

This program is FREE, but registration is required.

Mantillas y Rebozos: Hispanic Women’s Views on Sexuality is designed to encourage participants to look beyond their preconceived notions when considering Hispanic women’s views on sexuality. The program is evocative, anthropologic and geo-political. Linda Dominguez incorporates art and poetry in her discussion of the factors that have helped to shape Hispanic women’s views toward sexuality including history, culture, and religion.

Linda Dominguez, RN-C, NP

Linda is a nurse practitioner in the private gynecology practice at Southwest Women’s Health in Albuquerque. In the past she was the Assistant Medical Director at Planned Parenthood of New Mexico for over 19 years.  She has served as an officer of the following national organizations:

  • Association of Reproductive Health Professionals (ARHP), Chair
  • Alan Guttmacher Institute, 2nd Vice-Chair
  • National Association of Nurse Practitioners in Reproductive Health (NPWH), Past Chair
  • National Family Planning and Reproductive Health Association (NFPRHA), Board Member

Linda speaks nationally on women’s health topics as well as minority issues in healthcare. She is currently featured on the online “Sex and a Healthier You” consumer education website. Linda understands how powerful the arena of health, nursing and medicine can be for the community. She strives to help the individual to understand how profound changes can occur when they recognize in themselves the potential for wellness.

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Upcoming Events

March is Women’s History Month!  UMKC’s Women’s & Gender Studies Program, Women’s Center, and other groups are putting on a host of events to celebrate. Here’s a list of events scheduled March 1-12. For events later in the month, check out the Women’s Center’s event calendar.

  • Book Display: Gender and 19th Century German Literature. March 1-March 31, Miller Nichols Library, 800 E. 51st St.  Check out the display of books on historical fiction for girls and boys in 19th century Germany. Co-sponsored by University Libraries and Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures.
  • Brownbag Book Discussion: The Handmaid’s Tale. Friday, March 4, 11 a.m. – 1 p.m., Women’s Center, 105 Haag Hall, 5120 Rockhill Rd.  Bring your lunch and join the discussion on the Margaret Atwood’s The Handmaid’s Tale. For more information, visit http://www.kclibrary.org/reading2011. Co-sponsored by the Kansas City Public Library
  • Quilting Workshop with Nedra Bonds. Saturday, March 5, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. University Center, Room 106, 5000 Holmes St. Attend one or both of these workshops (see April 9) and receive expert guidance from local quilt artist Nedra Bonds. Fee: $35 for one workshop; $60 for both, includes fabric and supplies.  Registration required.  Contact umkc-womens-center@umkc.edu or 816-253-1638 for more information. Sponsored by the Her Art Project, the Arts Council of Metropolitan Kansas City, and the Arts KC Fund.
  • Everybody is Beautiful Week. Monday – Friday, March 7 – 11. Learn about body image, eating disorders and how the media affects our self-perceptions. Visit www.umkc.edu/womenc for details. Sponsored by the Body Image Committee.
  • What Did Anne Boleyn Really Look Like? Lessons from History on Representation, Beauty, and the Body. Monday, March 7, 6 p.m. reception, 6:30 p.m. lecture, Truman Forum at the Kansas City Public Library, Plaza Branch, 4801 Main St. Susan Bordo looks at historical portraits of Anne Boleyn and considers the social meaning and physical realities behind her fabled beauty. Co-Sponsored by the Body Image Committee and the Kansas City Public Library.
  • Rock Who You Are Fashion Show. Tuesday, March 8, 6 – 8 p.m., UMKC Student Union, Multipurpose Room, 5100 Cherry St. This fashion show features UMKC studentspromoting positive body image. Enjoy door prizes and light refreshments. Sponsored by the Body Image Committee.
  • The Thirty Years’ War for Children: Narrating Conflict for German Girls and Boys in the Nineteenth Century. Friday, March 11, 12 – 1 p.m., Miller Nichols Library, Room 303, 800 E. 51st. St. Jennifer Askey, Associate Professor of German at Kansas State University will lecture on the work of Oskar Höcker and Brigitte Augusti, who wrote historical fiction for German children in the last decades of the 19th century. Co-sponsored by Women’s & Gender Studies, German Studies, and University Libraries.
  • Women Doll Artists and Entrepreneurs. Saturday, March 12, 1:30 p.m., Toy and Miniature Museum, 5253 Oak St. Mary Wheeler, collections coordinator at the Toy and Miniature Museum will talk about a sampling of doll artists and entrepreneurs represented in the Museum’s collection. This lecture is free with museum admission: adults, $7; seniors and students over 12 years old, $6; children 5 to 12 years old, $5; children under 5, free. UMKC students, staff and faculty are free with UMKC ID. Sponsored by the Her Art Project and the Toy and Miniature Museum.