Program & Schedule

8 am
9 am
10 am
11 am
12 pm
1 pm
2 pm
3 pm
4 pm
Pierson Auditorium
Pierson Auditorium
Breakfast & Keynote: Carol Anderson

Professor Carol Anderson from Emory University will provide a keynote lecture on her forthcoming book, One Person, No Vote which chronicles the disenfranchisement of African American voters.

Stand Up, Fight Back: Community Organizers for Racial and Economic Justice
9:00 am - 10:15 am

Local organizers will share their experiences creating community and building coalitions. Panelists will discuss their challenges and triumphs, ways to engage in self-care, to maintain resilience and momentum, the potential pitfalls of working with allies who are not necessarily part of the affected community, as well as a look behind-the-scenes.

Presenters: Rhiannon Dickerson (moderator), Diana Martinez (Advocates for Immigrant Rights and Reconciliation), Terrence Wise (StandUp KC), Marcus Winn (MORE2), Diane Burkholder (One Struggle KC) Alex Perez (KSMODA member), and other local organizers

Panel Discussion on UMKC School of Law’s Wrongful Convictions Clinic and the Midwest Innocence Project
10:30 am - 11:45 am

This panel discussion will highlight the work of the Wrongful Convictions Clinic and the Midwest Innocence Project. The panel will feature attorneys, law professors, law students, and individuals who have served time in prison for crimes they did not commit. In addition to raising awareness about the prevalence of wrongful convictions and their disproportionate impact on communities of color, the discussion will inform individuals who are considering social justice law as a profession. Success in this challenging field requires culturally competent, multidisciplinary teams.

Presenters: UMKC Professor of Law Mikah Thompson, UMKC Professor of Law Sean O’Brien , UMKC Clinical Professor of Law Lindsay Runnels, UMKC law graduate and former Wrongful Convictions Clinic student Kenae Grigsby, Lamonte McIntyre, Wrongful Convictions Clinic Client and Exoneree

Lunch & Civic Connections Fair
12:00 pm - 1:15 pm

Enjoy lunch!
Civic Connections Fair
In light of recent events around social justice and human rights in America, UMKC students have expressed a strong interest in becoming more involved in their local community; because of this, UMKC administration is inviting several community organizations that focus on Education, Women and Children, Social Justice, and Healthcare Access. Come meet representatives from various local organizations and to discover new service opportunities. Be prepared to ask questions, take notes, and make new friends!
More Information Here

Civic Connections Fair

Come meet representatives from various local organizations and to discover new service opportunities. Be prepared to ask questions, take notes, and make new friends!
In light of recent events around social justice and human rights in America, UMKC students have expressed a strong interest in becoming more involved in their local community; because of this, UMKC administration is inviting several community organizations that focus on Education, Women and Children, Social Justice, and Healthcare Access.
More Information Here

Mayoral Candidate Forum
2:45 pm - 4:00 pm

Sponsored by UMKC Student Democrats

Mayoral Candidates Rita Berry, Alissia Canady, Phil Glynn, Quinton Lucas, Scott Taylor, Jermaine Reed, and Scott Wagner will share their vision for Kansas City. They’ll respond to a set of questions around the following themes: housing, education, crime, economic development, and how to best serve the diverse metropolitan area. We will have a Q & A with audience questions during the final 15 minutes of the forum.

Room 236
Room 236
Seeing is Believing: The Role of Media in Activism
10:30 am - 11:45 am

An exploration of the various ways that media has been used historically (and in a contemporary sense) by activists to rally people to their cause. Using photographs, film, and social media posts, we will discuss media in an ever-changing world where now we are all plugged in (but sometimes how this tends to distract, detract, and desensitize the intended audience).

Presenter: Dr. Rebecca Davis

Open Educational Resources as a Social Justice Issue
1:15 pm - 2:30 pm

Open Educational Resources (OER) are materials that are not only freely available to access and use. These resources come with permissions that allow you to edit, revise, re-mix, mash-up, and create new materials from them. Using existing (and creating new) OER provides faculty with a market-disruptive opportunity to retake control over materials used in the curriculum from for-profit publishers. Faculty can produce more effective teaching materials by literally selecting the best pedagogical practices and techniques from a variety of different OER, and by incorporating more diverse content, viewpoints, and analyses that reflect the needs of our community. All this, while also reducing student expenses on textbooks and course materials that pose an economic barrier to their course success and retention at the university. This session will provide an overview of OER and an exploration of how OER can help address inequities in education. OER are free to use for anyone, so students and the community at-large will benefit from a greater awareness of the existence of resources they can access to help achieve educational goals.

Presenters: UMKC Librarians Scott Curtis and Jen Salvo-Eaton

Room 237
Room 237
Inclusive Diversity: Immigration and American Exceptionalism
9:00 am - 10:15 am

The session suggests strategies for engaging with students, staff, and faculty who were not born in the USA so that their experiences become a core part of our conversations about diversity and inclusion. Immigrants bring perspectives to the table that make valuable contributions to our discussion of civic and community engagement. The panel uses specific examples from UMKC and the Kansas City community to demonstrate how immigrants strengthen and complexify American culture.

Presenters: Stephen Dilks ; Abdulmajeed Baba Ahmed, SGA President ; Diana Tamer, Clinical Professor of Pharmacy.

Education Advocacy and Social Justice
10:30 am - 11:45 am

The Secretary of Education under President Obama, Arne Duncan, in an October 2010 speech at Harvard, called on students there to serve a greater mission than themselves through education. “Education reform is a daily fight for social justice,” he said. Locally, parents, teachers, and community members have taken up that call, particularly in the wake of threats to public education funding which greatly affect quality and equity in public schools. In this session, representatives from local education advocacy groups will engage in a panel discussion about: how their groups formed, how they have each carved out a niche in advocating for public education, how they work to address inequity in education and fight for social justice, their successes and challenges, and how people in the KC metropolitan area can get involved. The presenter/primary contact will act as discussion facilitator for the panel. The panel will be asked to respond to questions and organic discussion between panel participants is anticipated. The audience will be given an opportunity to ask questions to any member of the panel.

Presenters: Jen Salvo Eaton, Moderator; Representatives from 5 education advocacy groups: Education First Shawnee Mission, Stand Up Blue Valley, Game on for Kansas Schools, Save the Children Action Network, Show Me KC Schools.

A Conversation about Change: Developing a Cultural Paradigm Shift
1:15 pm - 2:30 pm

This workshop designed to explore how inclusivity can create a more productive and welcoming work environment. This engaging and interactive workshop will provide participants an opportunity to think about the role each one plays in fostering a more inclusive work environment and what diversity means for us as students, staff and faculty. The core question will be asked, “what obligation do we have towards diverse like thinking and creating change.”

Presenter: Eric Thompson, Metropolitan Community College Dean of Student Development, Metropolitan Community College-Penn Valley

Room 238
Room 238
Higher Education and the Handling of Sexual Assault
9:00 am - 10:15 am

Sexual assault impacts college campuses across the nation and every university struggles with ways to combat the problem and give justice to the victims. Victoria McMahan-Parra, a graduate student with the Department of Criminal Justice and Criminology, will be joined by local youth activists to discuss UMKC’s history of handling sexual assault. They will discuss failures of not just UMKC but all universities to bring justice to victims, and invite the audience to discuss how universities can overhaul how they support victims of sexual assault.

Presenters: Victoria McMahan and other student leaders.

Teaching and Learning in Troubled Political Times
10:30 am - 11:45 am

An interactive session in which faculty and students can discuss the struggles and challenges of teaching/learning about pressing social issues in the current political climate. A panel will briefly discuss their own struggles/challenges with this issue, and engage the audience in a discussion of how to navigate this terrain. Not limited to predetermined topics, this session will encourage a fruitful dialogue about issues as wide-ranging as: what "counts" as politics and political viewpoints, and the place of politics in the classroom; civility, academic freedom and safe spaces; and inclusion and exclusion, broadly construed.

Presenters: UMKC Professors Lori Sexton, Toya Like, Janet Garcia-Hallett

Diversity Ambassadors Sessions
1:15 pm - 2:30 pm

Communicating Respectfully in a Diverse World

  • Understand the impact of stereotypes and bias statements, even when casually said
  • Identify the most common reasons people sit silent 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.
Presenters: Andy Chapel & Mackenzie Guinn

MNL 325
MNL 325
Student Activism Panel
9:00 am - 10:15 am

In light of recent events, we have seen strong student activism in all parts of the world voicing their concerns and taking a stand to influence the change that needs to happen now. Again and again students have played a large role in activism throughout history, but how did student activism progress in America? Take a ride with us through history as we learn more about the progression of student activism and engage with our own student activism panel about how to channel your emotions to take the proper action. Our student activist will be discussing various topics including their involvement on campus and in the Kansas City community, University and Community College concerns and issues, institutionalized problems in our society, intersectionality in activism, among other topics.

Student Presenters: Nabil Abas, Angelique Long, Brandon Xavier, Angela Xiong, Gabriela Lopez-Gardner
Moderator: Humberto Gonzalez, UMKC Assistant Director of Student Support Services.

SGA Listening Session
10:30 am - 11:45 am

Presenters: Moderator: Jaelon Brooks. Panelists: SGA President, Abdulmajeed Baba Ahmed; SGA Vice-President, David Fulks; Senators Anisha Ghimire, Emma Weiler, Renaas Omer, Kara Setari, & Kyle Liggins; ASUM members Brandon Henderson and Michael Jenkins

Anti-Fascism in the Trump Era
1:15 pm - 2:30 pm

Discussions on what fascism is and how it has presented itself during history, and how fascism changes to fit the specific conditions of that country. Students, faculty, and community members will discuss how to effectively combat the rise of fascism through organizing, education, and agitation. The panel will touch on LGBTQIA and disability issues as well.

Presenters: Anti-fascist organizers from the Kansas City area

Past Programs

2017 EOA Program and Schedule