The Office of Multicultural Student Affairs works closely with multicultural students to ensure competency in leadership, social and cultural development. Our office provides direct and indirect advising to assess the effectiveness of each organization and leadership skills of individual leaders.
We support UMKC organizations by:
- Advertising upcoming events and meetings through our listserv and displaying flyers
- Arranging for meeting space within the Office of Multicultural Student Affairs and the Culture House *Click here for usage guidelines and a reservation form.
- Providing one on one advising to executive board leaders and organizations within the Multicultural Student Organization Council (MSOC).
- Attending and participating in various student organization events and meetings
- Providing leadership development opportunities
Multicultural Student Organization Council (MSOC) is the umbrella council for multicultural student organizations advised by Multicultural Student Affairs. The purpose is to provide a platform for multicultural student organizations to work collaboratively to meet each organization’s objectives and foster a sense of community among students of color at the University of Missouri-Kansas City (UMKC).
- The Black Graduate Student Organization – The Black Graduate Student Organization’s mission is to promote unity through purposeful fellowship; to provide mentoring and other academic, professional and social support; to enhance the knowledge and scholarly advancement of current and incoming undergraduate students, graduate students and other members of the University of Missouri-Kansas City community of the African diaspora; and to offer a nurturing environment where the systemic structure and processes relevant to the experience of Black graduate students are critically discussed.
- Sigma Lambda Gamma Sorority, Inc. – One of the largest Latino, multicultural based sororities in the nation. Sigma Lambda Gamma strives to be the premier organization committed to providing a mechanism of empowerment to all women.
- Association of Latino American Students (ALAS) – ALAS provides a base of support for students in terms of social, cultural and academic development. Additionally, the organization strives to be a source of Latino cultural enrichment for the entire student body. We seek to teach respect and appreciation of our cultures to those who may not have the opportunity to experience it.
- Men of Color – Men of Color’s vision is to serve male students through competent mentorship and constructive activities that reflect principled and professional behavior. We uphold ethical leadership practices, healthy, yet disciplined lifestyles, community empowerment, self-respect, emotional well-being and, the goal of college completion.
- National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) – The NAACP informs students of the problems affecting blacks and other minority groups, to advance the economic, educational, social and political status of black people and other minority groups and their harmonious cooperation with other people.
- Sister Circle – Sister Circle’s purpose is to unite as one to demonstrate trust, respect, and cooperation; emphasizing education and professional development; forming a place where women can learn, exchange ideas, and build relationships with other scholars, business women, and co-eds.
- The African-American Student Union (TAASU) – The African-American Student Union’s goals include providing information about African-American culture, acting as a liaison between students and the administration, linking students with positive role models and assisting to eliminate racial tension at UMKC.
National Pan-Hellenic Council (NPHC)
This organization strives to promote an atmosphere of mutual respect and cooperation between black fraternities and sororities at UMKC, to disseminate a better understanding of Black Greek functions and purposes, to support and encourage high academic standards, to maintain smooth and cooperative relationships with other organizations, and to support and encourage viable civic projects in Kansas City.
- Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Inc. – Currently inactive.
- Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity Inc. – Since its founding on Dec. 4, 1906, Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. has supplied voice and vision to the struggle of African-Americans and people of color around the world. Alpha Phi Alpha, the first intercollegiate Greek-letter fraternity established for African Americans, was founded at Cornell University in Ithaca, New York by seven college men who recognized the need for a strong bond of brotherhood among African descendants in this country. The visionary founders, known as the “Jewels” of the Fraternity, and early leaders of the Fraternity succeeded in laying a firm foundation for Alpha Phi Alpha’s principles of scholarship, fellowship, good character, and the uplifting of humanity.
- Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Inc. – Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. is a private, non-profit organization whose purpose is to provide assistance and support through established programs in local communities throughout the world. The sorority was founded in 1913 by 22 students at Howard University. These young women wanted to use their collective strength to promote academic excellence; to provide scholarships; to provide support to the underserved; educate and stimulate participation in the establishment of positive public policy; and to highlight issues and provide solutions for problems in their communities.
- Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity Inc. – Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Incorporated was founded at Howard University in Washington, D.C., on Jan. 9, 1914 by three young African-American male students. The founders, Honorable A. Langston Taylor, Honorable Leonard F. Morse and Honorable Charles I. Brown, wanted to organize a Greek letter fraternity that would truly exemplify the ideals of brotherhood, scholarship and service.
- Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority Inc. – Sigma Gamma Rho was founded on the campus of Butler University on Nov. 12, 1922, by seven school teachers in Indianapolis. The sorority is a non-profit whose aim is to enhance the quality of life within the community. Public service, leadership development and the education of youth are the hallmark of the organization’s programs and activities. Founded in the midst of segregation, Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority, is the only sorority of the four historically African-American sororities that comprise the National Pan-Hellenic Council (NPHC), to be established at a predominantly white campus.
- Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity Inc. – Kappa Alpha Psi was founded on the campus of Indiana University on Jan. 5, 1911. The Fraternity’s fundamental purpose is achievement. Early in this century, African-American students were actively dissuaded from attending college. Formidable obstacles were erected to prevent the few who were enrolled from assimilating into co-curricular campus life. This ostracism characterized Indiana University in 1911, thus causing Elder W. Diggs, Byron K. Armstrong, and eight other black students to form Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, which remains the only Greek letter organization with its first chapter on the university’s campus. The founders sought a formula that would immediately raise the sights of black collegians and stimulate them to accomplishments higher than they might have imagined. Fashioning achievement as its purpose, Kappa Alpha Psi began uniting college men of culture, patriotism and honor in a bond of fraternity.
- Zeta Phi Beta Sorority Inc. – Founded Jan. 16, 1920, Zeta began as an idea conceived by five coeds at Howard University in Washington D.C.: Arizona Cleaver, Myrtle Tyler, Viola Tyler, Fannie Pettie and Pearl Neal. These five women dared to depart from the traditional coalitions for black women and sought to establish a new organization predicated on the precepts of scholarship, service, sisterly love and finer womanhood. It was the ideal of the founders that the sorority would reach college women in all parts of the country who were sorority-minded and desired to follow the founding principles of the organization.
Other Multicultural affiliated student organizations:
- African Student Cultural Organization (ASCO) – The aim of ASCO is to bring African students at UMKC together. It will also assist in the smooth transition and integration of new African students into the UMKC community, inform African students about issues in Africa, organize academic and cultural events that meet the needs of the African students and promote the awareness of African issues and culture, and to cooperate whenever possible, with other campus-based organizations interested in African history and issues.
- Lambda Theta Phi Latin Fraternity, Inc. – Founded in 1975 on December 1st, Lambda Theta Phi Latin Fraternity Inc. is the first Latin Fraternity in the Nation. The fraternity is a brotherhood of strong men devoting their lives to Unity, Respect, Brotherhood, Culture, and Pride. The Lambdas live day to day through their values, ‘Chivalry Above Self.’