Diversity Ambassadors

In the 2016 Climate Study and Listening Sessions, students made it clear that they really wanted more opportunities to talk about diversity with their peers. The Diversity Ambassadors initiative was created to meet this need. The Diversity Ambassadors are UMKC students trained in diversity peer education looking to work with student organizations to meet the needs of our community by holding diversity dialogue sessions.

Session topics that may be requested are:

  • Embrace Diversity (an Introduction to Diversity)
  • The Science of Unconscious Bias
  • Understanding Our Privilege and its Impact
  • Communicating Respectfully in a Diverse World
  • Customizable options are also available upon request

Sessions are completely free and we are willing to come to wherever the organization would like to meet on campus.

Click here to request a Diversity Ambassador session.

Interested in becoming a Diversity Ambassador? See our hiring page!

Questions? Contact us at diversityandinclusion@umkc.edu or call 816-235-6704.

Session Topic Descriptions

Embrace Diversity
Participants will:

  • Have a foundational understanding of common terminology related to diversity and inclusion
  • Deepen our understanding of our cultural selves
  • Develop strategies to support our own and our communities cultural competency for a stronger community

Goal: Participants will better understand UMKC diversity and inclusion efforts and be encouraged to commit to at least one action step to continue to explore diversity and to increase cultural competencies for a more inclusive UMKC.

The Science of Unconscious Bias & Its Professional Implications
Participants will:

  • Learn about unconscious bias
  • Discuss implications for judgment and the environment climate/culture
  • Review strategies and resources to further identify unconscious biases and reduce their impact

Goal: Participants will have an increased capacity to recognize biases and prevent or reduce unintended consequences in order to create a more inclusive campus and climate.

Understanding Our Privilege and its Impact
Participants will:

  • Learn how to define privilege and power
  • Learn how to identify their own privilege and the power and privileges that exist generally
  • Explore how privilege and the power structures impact themselves, others and society

Goal: Participants will have an increased understanding of how privilege impacts our individual, institutional and structural systems and learn how to advocate and support those who do not hold power and privilege.

Communicating Respectfully in a Diverse World
Participants will:

  • Understand the impact of stereotypes and bias statements, even when casually said
  • Identify the most common reasons people remain silent in the face of bias and stereotypes
  • Explore skills for speaking up against stereotypes and bias without blame or guilt

Goal: Participants will enhance communication skills for promoting inclusion and respect in the workplace.