Four Ways MSA is Here to Serve You!

By: Keichanda Dees-Burnett, Assistant Dean of Students for Student Support & Director of the Office of Multicultural Student Affairs and

Iván Ramírez, Senior Student Services Coordinator of the Office of Multicultural Student Affairs – Avanzando Program

The Office of Multicultural Student Affairs (MSA) excited to welcome new students and the campus community back for another wonderful year! The MSA Office is here to aid in retention of underrepresented student populations and to enhance the overall student experience by creating opportunities for inclusive engagement, cultivating academic success, and encouraging the value of diversity. There are four ways we seek to engage students, faculty, staff, and alumni throughout the year:

  1. Our space is your home away from home! We are located in the Student Union in Room 319 and our space features a lounge and meeting space perfect for interacting with other students, the MSA staff and studying in between classes.
  2. We provide opportunities to nurture leadership, social and cultural development in students. Throughout the year we host the Summer Leadership Institute, the Multicultural Graduate Reception, Leadership Conferences, Diversity workshops and Show Me Success Academic Workshops that features topics on study skills, time management, test-taking strategies and more.
  3. We are the home to two mentoring programs: African Americans Cultivating Excellence (AACE) & Avanzando Latino Mentoring Program. These programs encourage academic success by connecting UMKC students to professional mentors and academic support services that will promote the improvement of academic excellence, persistence, and graduation. The components of each mentoring program include: Academic Support Check-In meetings with the staff, Academic Success Workshops, mentor match, and cohort activities.
  4. Last but not least, we provide advising and support to some of the best student organizations UMKC has to offer! The Multicultural Student Organization Council (MSOC) currently consists of nine multicultural based organizations: The African American Student Union, Latinx Student Union, African Student Association, NAACP Collegiate Chapter, Men of Color Initiative, Sister Circle, Sigma Lambda Gamma Latina National Sorority, Asian Students in America, Muslim Student Association. Each year we partner with the leaders of these organizations to offer exciting, cultural and educational events. We hope to see you at some of these events coming this fall!

Save the Date:
Asian Students in America’s AZ(e)N Time– August 29, 2019,12-4 p.m. (SU- 3rd Floor)
Men of Color Initiative- Open House, August 29, 2019, 5-7 p.m. (SU- room 319)
Latino Family and Alumni Weekend, September 27, 2019 (Location: TBD)
Black Student and Alumni Weekend, October 4-5, 2019 (Location: TBD)
Legacy Summit on African American Leadership, November 8, 2019 (SU, 401)
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Facebook: UMKC Multicultural Student Affairs
Instagram: @MSA_UMKC
Snapchat: @UMKCMSA
Twitter: @MSAatUMKC