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Images from the 2018 EOA conference.

About the Conference

Educate-Organize-Advocate is UMKC’s social justice conference for students, faculty, staff, and the Kansas City-area community. This conference will provide our community with the tools necessary to engage in meaningful dialogue over challenging topics; to increase advocacy for self and others; to integrate cultural competence, emancipatory pedagogy, and diversity not only into curriculum, but into our everyday lives as civically engaged members of an urban community.

Conference Learning Objectives:

Raise awareness

  • of one’s own identity, and culture as well as cultures and identities that differ from one’s own; of the inequity of privileges across race, religion, spirituality, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, age, ability, and socioeconomic class, and citizenship status;
  • of one’s own biases and to prevent or reduce unintended consequences of biases; of conditions of historically oppressed groups (i.e., peoples of color, immigrants, low-income groups)

Develop skills

  • to communicate effectively and to act as advocates for themselves and others;
  • to effectively engage with a multiplicity of perspectives and diverse audiences;
  • to explore skills for speaking up against stereotypes or bias and respond in such a way that invites dialogue.

Plan for action

  • to acquire the skills to actively engage in meaningful community and civic work related to social justice;
  • to better serve the needs of diverse students by integrating equity, diversity, and inclusivity into our support services, advising, syllabi, curriculum, and class discussions and projects.

Planning Committee

Conference Chair

Rhiannon Dickerson: Educate-Organize-Advocate Conference Founder; 2017 EOA Conference Chair; 2018 EOA Conference Chair; 2019 EOA Conference Chair

Committee Members

  • Kamariah Al-Amin, Student
  • Ryan Cutcher, student in Master of Science in Criminal Justice and Criminology
  • Lona Davenport, Diversity Program Coordinator
  • Keichanda Dees-Burnett, Director Multicultural Student Affairs
  • Sandra I. Enríquez, Assistant Professor of History
  • Kari Jo Freudigmann, Assistant Director of LGBTQIA Programs & Services
  • Dr. Janet Garcia-Hallett, Assistant Professor in Criminal Justice and Criminology
  • Justice Horn, Student Government Association, President
  • Dr. Clara Irazabal-Zurita Director of Latinx and Latin American Studies
  • Dr. Toya Like, Associate Professor of Criminal Justice and Criminology
  • Hannah Kaye Carter, Student
  • Dr. Makini King, Director of Diversity and Inclusion
  • Loretta Klamm, Adviser School of Biological Sciences
  • Danielle Martinez, Executive Assistant Diversity and Inclusion
  • Miriam Masqood, Student Government Association, Vice-President
  • Dr. Lori Sexton, Associate Professor in Criminal Justice and Criminology
  • Erica Stone, Instructor and Chair of Organizing for Action
  • Professor Mikah Thompson, Director of Affirmative Action and Title IX Coordinator
  • Arzie Umali, Assistant Director of the Women’s Center
  • Dani Wellemeyer, Head of Outreach and Engagement, UMKC Libraries