Latinx Students, Staff and Faculty take over the Student Union, and more!

By Danielle Martinez, Senior Executive Assistant to Vice Chancellor, Division of Diversity and Inclusion

A whole host of activities took place on Wednesday, March 20th to celebrate Latinx culture at the UMKC Student Union.  Highlights of the event are pictured below.


Students created sidewalk chalk art by writing special messages, as well as their names, on the sidewalk immediately outside of the Union to show pride, including “bienvenidos,” “be proud of your culture,” and “pronounce my name in Spanish.”


Latinx student organizations tabled at the event to discriminate information to students who were interested in joining or supporting their group and their initiatives.







Incredible dance performances by Cuerpo de Baile Areito KC.


Multicultural Student Affairs office handed out delicious paletas from Tropicana and a documentary on the Life of Activist Cesar Chavez was streamed in MSA village.







Mi Gente provided Pan Dulce for guests to enjoy

This event was sponsored by Multicultural Student Affairs, Latin@ Alumni and Students Organization, Avanzando, The Association of Latin American Students (ALAS), the Latino Medical Student Association (LMSA), Latinx and Latin American Studies, and Mi Gente, the Latinx Staff and Faculty Affinity Group.

“This event showcased Latinx culture, filled the Union with energy and spirit. The Latinx high school students who attended left knowing that UMKC is a place for them.” –Dr. Susan Wilson

Within that same week, Latinx students and their families attended a variety of events planned by ALAS, Avanzando, Multicultural Student Affairs and the office of Admissions. The first was Camino a Casa, where Reece Nichols presented in Spanish to educate families on the process of buying a house.  Next, Noche En Familia (Latino Family Evening), where students from the community and their families learned about the admissions process, scholarships, financial aid, and had the opportunity to interact UMKC students, faculty and staff.

Noche en Familia

All of our student organizations, Affinity Group, Latinx Latin American Studies and Avanzando came together to offer a night for prospective students and their families in which they could take part on Bilingual tours and a UMKC Info session in Spanish.

Camino a Casa

Representatives from Reece Nichols presented a workshop on home buying to the Kansas City Community Completely in Spanish.