Affinity Groups (Employee Resource Groups)

Interest and Affinity Groups are self-organized groups of UMKC staff where its members hold common interests. The purpose of Interest and Affinity Groups is threefold: to support…

  1. Professional development for its members
  2. Community engagement and outreach
  3. UMKC’s goals and objectives (e.g. the recruitment and retention of underserved students, faculty, and staff).


How are Affinity Groups formed?
Please read the Affinity Group Guidelines document here.

How do Affinity Groups receive funding?
Please read section III in the Affinity Group Guidelines document here.

What are the current Affinity Groups on campus?

Black Faculty and Staff Affinity Group

LGBTQIA+ Faculty/Staff Association

Mi Gente! For and With Latinxs

  • Chair: Rachel McCommon – 
  • Vice-Chair:  Theresa Torres
  • Secretary:  Melanie Arroyo
  • Social Chair:  Dr. Alberto Villamandos
  • Professional growth and development for its members; Promote outreach efforts and encourage mentorship for Latinx employees at UMKC; Create a safe space to address issues unique to Latinxs at UMKC and the broader community; Work in alliance with community networks to support, advocate for, and give voice to the Latinx population.

Anti Racism White Allies and Advocates

Disability Alliance