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.