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Julie Warm
UMKC Civic Engagement Program
215 W. Pershing Road, 5th floor
Kansas City, MO 64108

About Us

Mission Statement

The UMKC Civic Engagement Program helps people gain the skills and knowledge to actively participate in, and influence, democracy. We focus primarily, but not exclusively on women and girls.


Originally affiliated with the Sue Shear Institute for Women in Public Life located at the University of Missouri-St. Louis, the UMKC Civic Engagement Program began in the spring of 2011. Recognizing the long-standing lack of parity at all levels of public policy: executive, judicial and legislative; local, regional, state and federal, a group of women civic leaders asked that UMKC play a part in developing women leaders and helping them engage in civic life.

What is Civic Engagement?

Civic engagement is a concept that encompasses several distinct, yet related actions. Moving from community service to collective action, then political involvement, all work together to improve and strengthen the fabric of our communities.



Julie Warm, Ph.D., has extensive experience in local government, non-profit management and higher education administration. She originally trained as a city planner and city manager and served in those capacities in Ohio, Nevada and Missouri. Her last position was as city manager in Reno, Nev. For more than 20 years, she has worked in academe as a community liaison, administrator and researcher.