Training and Development: Face to Face

Our division offers the following four face-to-face training courses with more under development.  Do you have ideas for new training? Contact

Register for training: myLearn via Human Resources

Students, faculty, and staff may also contact us to schedule a training on a specific date that your organization, department, or unit prefers. To do so, please contact

Summer 2021 Training Schedule

Summer 2021 Training Flier

Embrace Diversity

Participants will

  • Explore five cultural competency models.
  • Learn of strategies, resources, and opportunities related to each model.
  • Become familiar with UMKC examples and initiatives.

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 on professional judgment and the professional environment
  • Review strategies and resources to further identify unconscious biases and reduce their impacts

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.


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 sit silently 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.


Crucial Conversations

Participants will

  • Be able to identify diversity dimensions and dynamics that impact individuals and workplace climate
  • Be able to recognize signs that indicate dialogue is crucial
  • Be better prepared to engage in crucial conversations having reviewed six skills

Goal: Participants will gain dialogue skills to make better decisions, build relationships and strengthen our institution.


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.


Trainings available through campus partners:

Cultural Simulations

The International Student Affairs Office offers two cultural simulation activities that raise intercultural awareness and are educational in nature:

Barnga is a simulation activity developed for a variety of contexts of intercultural awareness, and enables participants to understand and reconcile cultural differences. This simulation activity requires at least 15 participants and the exercise runs for about one hour, including a de-briefing and group discussion.

Ecotonos is a tool for engaging in problem solving and decision making in a multicultural context. It is based on the recognition of the positive potential of diversity in the problem solving process. This simulation activity requires at least 20 participants and the group exercise runs for about 2 ½ – 3 hours including a de-briefing and group discussion. For more information, contact staff at International Student Affairs.

Multicultural & Leadership Trainings

The Office of Multicultural Student Affairs hosts a series of workshops and activities to increase awareness and appreciation around diversity. Programming is available to academic classes, student organizations, student affairs offices and other campus departments. Topics include but are not limited to Creating Cultural Advocates, Social Justice, Breaking Down Barriers, Multicultural Education, and MSA Leadership Training. To learn more about services and programs, visit the Multicultural Student Affairs.

Safe Space Training

As one component of the UMKC LGBTQIA Resource Center within the Office of Student Involvement, Safe Space Training strives to provide a way for understanding and supportive persons within the university community to prominently identify themselves as allies how are supportive of LGBTQI issues and/or as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, questioning, and intersex (LGBTQI) persons. These students, faculty and staff proudly display a “Safe Space” sign on their doors and in their offices to signify their commitment as a resource and open ear. For dates and more information, visit the LGBTQIA Programs and Services .

Sexual Harassment Training

Required by all employee and offered through UMKC’s Human Resources, Harassment: What it is and How to Stop it informs participants on their responsibility to maintain a harassment free work and learning environment and the resources available should harassment occur. Learn more at Human Resources.

Student Disability Services

UMKC Student Disability Services offer a variety of disability-related training tailored to your unique needs.  Among the training is Disability Forward an introductory training on common disability issues and concerns.  Disability Forward offers insight into the common challenges and misperceptions faced by students with disabilities and proactive ways you can be an effective ally of people with disabilities.  You can find out more about our services on our website.

Student Veteran Resources (SVR)

SVR is the “boots on the ground” advocacy program that aims to assist Student-Veterans and Service Members in their transition from the military and into college life. The program recognizes that, after gaining extraordinary experiences, returning to college is no easy feat. The goal is to build a coalition of faculty, staff, students and advisors, to provide resources that will assist our transitioning service members/ veterans during their re-integration into the University of Missouri- Kansas City’s academic environment. Learn more by contacting Dean of Students Eric Grospitch

Suicide Prevention Training

Recommended by the UMKC Counseling, Health, and Testing Center, is designed to help prevent suicide by teaching you to identify people at risk for suicide, recognize the risk factors, protective factors and warning signs of suicide, and respond to and get help for people at risk. Take the training at

Supervisory Training and Development

As one of a vast array of training and development options through UMKC’s Human Resources, The Supervisory Development Series is designed for newly hired or promoted supervisors and managers who manage staff. By participating in this program supervisors and managers will be equipped with the fundamental skills necessary to become an effective and successful manager or talent. A certificate of completion is awarded to supervisors who complete the eight required courses as well as the required MyLearn courses. For more information on this training or the number of others available, visit the Human Resources.

Violence Prevention & Response Program

The UMKC Violence Prevention and Response Program provides trainings for faculty, staff, students, and departments on issues related to sexual assault, relationship/domestic violence and/or stalking, along with the “Not Anymore” training required of students. Not Anymore is an  interactive online program designed to prevent sexual assault, dating and domestic violence and stalking. To learn more visit UMKC Violence Prevention and Response.

Women’s Center Trainings

The UMKC Women’s Center offers A Window Between Worlds, workshops that use art as a healing tool for survivors of domestic and sexual violence, and other forms of prolonged trauma and stress. A Window Between Worlds helps create a healthier campus environment by giving students opportunities to manage their emotional and psychological well-being through creativity and self-expression.

In addition, Women’s Center staff are available to provide presentations on a number of different gender-related topics. To learn more visit UMKC’s Women’s Center.