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 Co-Chairs

Rhiannon Dickerson: Educate-Organize-Advocate Conference Founder; 2017 EOA Conference Chair; 2018 EOA Conference Chair; 2019 EOA Conference Chair; 2020 Conference Co-Chair

Michelle Smirnova: 2020 Conference Co-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