Avanzando is the result of a partnership established between the Hispanic Development Fund (HDF) and the UMKC Division of Diversity and Inclusion (D&I). Implemented in August 2011 with 27 participants, the Avanzando Program is designed to support all Latino Students on campus as well as HDF and Agapito Mendoza Scholarship recipients with individualized support in reaching their academic and career pursuits. With over one hundred forty five scholars to date, Avanzando is continuing to grow.

Program goals include:

1. Increasing scholar retention
2. Improving graduation rates and
3. Assist in successful transitions of students into graduate school and/or career positions

Program components include:

  • Academic support
  • Mentoring
  • Support cultural identity development
  • Enhanced access to resources & networks.

Each Avanzando scholar is matched with a campus or community mentor who possesses qualities relevant to scholars’ goals and career interests. Mentors and mentees meet regularly throughout their academic careers to develop positive relationships and explore opportunities both within and outside of UMKC. Additional program components include personalized academic support, enhanced access to campus and community resources, opportunities for undergraduate research, academic and career-oriented workshops throughout the year, as well as the following formal annual events:

The Office of Multicultural Student Affairs gratefully acknowledges the Patricia and John Morgan Academic Advancement Fund and the W.K. Kellogg Foundation Trustee Donor-Advised Fund for their financial support of Avanzando programming.

Avanzando Summer Enrichment Program

This week-long summer program, typically held in early August, is designed for Scholars to meet other Latino students and Latino faculty and to engage in fun, hands-on learning and community service activities. Offered to new and returning Avanzando Scholars, this program helps students get a head start on the academic year with focus on:

  • Writing & math skills enhancement
  • Test-taking and study skills
  • Utilizing the library and other campus resources for academic success
  • College survival tips and self-care
  • Leadership development
  • Embracing Latino identity and the significant contributions Latino’s make to our campus, community and world

Avanzando Fall Reception

Held in late August or Early September, scholars and their families are invited to kick-off the fall semester with campus and community leaders. New scholars are introduced to their mentors and returning scholars and mentors reconnect in preparation for the new academic year.

Avanzando Latino Leadership Summit

Latino students from Kansas City and the Midwest region! Through engaging, interactive workshops, high school and college students explore current social justice issues impacting Latino families and gain leadership skills to effect change on campus and in the community.

Avanzando End of the Year Fiesta

The Fiesta recognizes our  accomplishments throughout the year. Scholars, families, mentors and community partners attend this event held in late April.

Questions?

Contact Ivan Ramirez at ramirezii@umkc.edu or (816)235-6706

Avanzando Brochure – English

Avanzando Brochure – Spanish