Social Justice Scholars Awards

Social Justice Scholars Awards

Established: 2015

Description:. This award is presented in partnership by Communication Studies, The Chancellor’s Diversity Council, and the Division of Diversity and Inclusion and demonstrates UMKC Strategic Plan Goal 5: Embrace Diversity: To celebrate diversity in all aspects of university life, creating inclusive environments, culturally competent citizens, and globally-oriented curricula and programs; particularly, this award is in the spirit of achieving diversity dimension 3: Responsive Teaching, Research and Experiential Learning in which UMKC strives to provide a diverse learning and life experience to create culturally competent individuals.

Purpose: This speaking award celebrates the work of UMKC’s undergraduate students who exhibit creativity and leadership in their scholastic work also demonstrating an active commitment to promoting social justice and civil rights on our campus and within our greater community.

Eligibility: UMKC students engaged in social justice research or experiences. Previous award recipients ineligible for repeat awards.

Nature of Award:

  • Amount: 1st place; 2nd place; 3rd place; 4th and 5th place + commemorative wall plaque issued annually
  • Sponsors: The Division of Diversity & Inclusion and Communication Studies
  • Number of Awards: 5
  • Terms of Award: One-time, lump-sum, non-renewable award payable to recipient as a taxable stipend. Collective works presented by student groups may qualify and members must evenly split award.

Qualifying Criteria: Recipients demonstrate exemplary efforts to demonstrate active commitment to promoting social justice on our campus and within our greater community. Presentations must be between 10-15 minutes in length, and visual aids are encouraged.

Nomination Process: Candidates are nominated by Faculty, Staff and Students from UMKC including self-nominations. The form can be found here. Direct any questions to

Deadline for Submission of Nominations Materials: May 3, 2019

Selection Process: Scholars will present at the preliminary Scholars Speaking Showcase from 1-4 p.m. on May 9, 2019 and the top five presenters will advance to the final Showcase on Oct. 30th.

Recognition: Scholars will be recognized at the final Social Justice Scholars Speaking Showcase at Educate-Organize-Advocate conference on Oct. 30th, 2019.

General Education 2.0 Goals and Student Learning Outcomes


Goal: UMKC students will communicate effectively orally and in writing.

Student Learning Outcomes for Oral Communication:

  1. Communicate a clear central message
  2. Develop a purposeful organizational pattern
  3. Incorporate materials to support the central message
  4. Use delivery techniques appropriate to the goal and the context
  5. Choose language responsive to the goal and the context

Student Learning Outcomes for Written Communication:

  1. Develop a clear focus
  2. Construct a purposeful organizational scheme appropriate to the rhetorical situation
  3. Identify, analyze, and synthesize credible and relevant sources to support focus
  4. Compose appropriate and relevant content to illustrate mastery of subject
  5. Employ format, style, syntax, and usage appropriate to the rhetorical situation
  6. Utilize appropriate mechanics, grammar, punctuation, and spelling

Quantitative Analysis

Goal: UMKC students will produce, interpret, and present quantitative information.

  1. Select and correctly apply foundational mathematical systems (e.g., arithmetic, algebra, geometry) and/or statistical methods to solve problems
  2. Analyze information presented in mathematical and symbolic forms (e.g., equations, graphs, diagrams, tables)
  3. Draw appropriate conclusions based on mathematical, statistical, or formal analyses, while recognizing the limits of these analyses
  4. Apply mathematical, statistical, and logical methods in order to determine reasonableness of real-world claims

Critical Thinking and Analytic Reasoning

Goal: UMKC students will explore issues, ideas, artifacts, and events from multiple perspectives to formulate an evidence-based opinion or conclusion.

  1. Identify a topic, problem, or issue to be addressed
  2. Locate relevant information representing various points of view
  3. Evaluate alternative points of view
  4. Synthesize diverse points of view
  5. Draw a conclusion that is a logical inference from the evidence

Civic and Urban Engagement

Goal: UMKC Students will explore the role of socially responsible citizens and leaders in a
democratic society and contribute towards the betterment of the community.

  1. Analyze general characteristics of relationships between individuals in personal, communal, cultural, political, or economic contexts
  2. Analyze social problems, beliefs, values, attitudes, and behaviors among individuals, communities, cultures, or markets
  3. Examine the balance between the rights and responsibilities of the individual and the rights and responsibilities of others in an interpersonal, social, cultural, political, or economic context
  4. Evaluate how members of a community, culture, or society both affect and are affected by others, and how one’s own civic participation can make a positive contribution to public life

Culture and Diversity

Goal: UMKC students will draw on a variety of disciplines to examine the factors defining cultural identities, to examine complexities of human cultures, past and present, and to come to an informed sense of self and others.

  1. Analyze the factors that shape their own culture and worldview
  2. Examine how cultural beliefs influence behaviors and practices at the individual, organizational, or societal levels
  3. Assess how their own attitudes, behaviors, beliefs and biases impact their interactions with those different from themselves
  4. Recognize the value of worldviews different from one’s own

Discourse 100:

  • Explore and analyze their own and others values through the use of multiple strategies that engage different sources and perspectives in written and oral discourse.
  • Identify and analyze how cultural context and assumptions play a role in the analysis and production of discourse.

Discourse 200:

  • Interpret and analyze discourse that deals with issues of cultural and/or global diversity in a variety of forms.
  • Identify factors defining cultural identities and analyze how these are employed in a variety of discourse.

Discourse 300:

  • Engage a community problem through multiple forms of discourse.