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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, and staff. 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; 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; and for our faculty and staff 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

  • Lona Davenport, Diversity Program Coordinator
  • Keichanda Dees-Burnett, Director Multicultural Student Affairs
  • Janet Dexter, Civic Connections Fair Coordinator
  • Rhiannon Dickerson, Lecturer Communications Studies and Chair of Educate-Organize-Advocate
  • Dr. Clara Irazabal-Zurita Director of Latinx and Latin American Studies
  • Dr. Toya Like, Assistant Professor of Criminal Justice and Criminology
  • Victoria McMahan, Graduate Student
  • Dr. Makini King, Director of Diversity and Inclusion
  • Loretta Klamm, Adviser School of Biological Sciences
  • Danielle Martinez, Executive Assistant Diversity and Inclusion
  • Dr. Lori Sexton, Assistant 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
  • Jess Williams, Outreach and Engagement, UMKC Libraries
  • Sean McCue, Graphic Designer, UMKC Libraries
  • Abdulmajeed Baba Ahmed, SGA President 2018-2019
  • David Fulks, SGA VP 2018-2019
  • Angee Xiong, Social Media Chair
  • Katie White, Metropolitan Community College Representative
  • Jessica Calderon, Metropolitan Community College Program Specialist