Update: Time and Room Change for Dec. 9 Listening Session

By , December 1, 2015 9:44 am

QuadPlease join us for a continuing series of campus listening sessions for our UMKC community to give voice to, and to listen to, perspectives and experiences of diversity, campus climate. To create a safe and welcoming environment, the meetings will be open to UMKC students, faculty and staff only and will not be recorded. The meetings will not be open to the general public or media.

Chancellor Leo E. Morton and Provost Barbara A. Bichelmeyer welcome all members of the university community to join in respectful dialogue.

The meeting dates will be:

Tuesday, December 8, 2015 at 6 p.m. in Pierson Auditorium.

New location and time:  Wednesday, December 9, 2015 at 4 p.m. in room 3301 at the Health Sciences Building – this will be accessible via technology for students, faculty and staff who are not able to be present on campus.

New date:  Wednesday, January 27, 2016 at 2 p.m. in the Student Union, room 401.

In addition, a March meeting will be set to report out on progress toward the actions and initiatives that grow out of these listening sessions.


Please know there are many campus resources you can contact for more information about diversity at UMKC:


Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental and Related Disabilities (LEND)

Office of Service for Students with Disabilities

University Center for Excellence In Developmental Disabilities (UCEDD)

Missouri Developmental Disability Resource Center (MODDRC)


Center on Aging Studies Without Walls

Gerontology Program

Institute for Human Development



Financial Aid and Scholarships

Kangaroo Pantry

UMKC’s Career Services

Worker Education and Labor Studies (WELS) Program

International Academic Programs

Scholarships for Minority and Underrepresented Students


African-American History and Culture House

African Students Culture Organization


Association of Latin American Students (ALAS)

Black Graduate Student Organization (BGSO)

Chinese Scholars and Student Association

El Club Espanol

Hispanic Law Association

Indian Students Association

International Academic Programs

International Student Affairs Office (ISAO)

Latina/Latino Studies Program

Multicultural Student Affairs

Multicultural Students Organization Council (MSOC)

Saudi Student Union

Students of Indigenous Origins

The African American Student Union (TAASU)

The Black Studies Program

UMKC Hispanic Advisory Board

Association for India’s Development


Women’s Center

Women’s & Gender Studies


Gay and Lesbian Archive of Mid-America

LGBTQIA Programs & Services



UMKC Veteran Students Resource Page

Student Veterans Organization at UMKC


Christian Medical and Dental Association

Christians on Campus

Fellowship of Christian Athletes (FCA)

Impact Student Ministries

Muslim Students Association

The Religious Studies Program

Additional UMKC resources


Office of Affirmative Action


Counseling, Health and Testing Center

Division of Diversity and Inclusion

Ethics and Compliance Hotline

Faculty Ombudsperson

Fraternity & Sorority Affairs

Human Resources

Institute for Human Development

Office of Diversity & Community Partnership – School of Medicine

Division of Student Affairs and Enrollment Management

Office of Student Involvement

Staff Council

Student Health and Wellness Center

Student Organizations

Title iX

Minority Student Affairs

Multicultural Student Affairs

Student Financial Aid

Office of Student Affairs

Kangaroo Pantry has #PeanutPower

By , December 1, 2015 9:37 am

UMKC-Snack-AttackThe Kangaroo Pantry at UMKC recently placed third in the #PeanutPower Snack Attack Challenge sponsored by the National Peanut Board. The award comes with a $500 donation and 1,000 units of peanut butter to help support the Kangaroo Pantry.

The contest challenged college service centers from around the U.S. to host a Snack Attack party and generate engagement and excitement about the power of peanuts through Twitter and Instagram using #peanutpower. The Kangaroo Pantry received #peanutenvy swag, a 25-pound bag of shelled peanuts and a $200 gift card to create a unique Peanut Power trail mix that was handed out at the party.

“We are incredibly grateful to everyone who participated in the competition on campus,” said Angela Cottrell, director of UMKC Office of Student Involvement. “The Kangaroo Pantry client count grows every day and this additional prize money will allow us to keep the pantry stocked for the next few weeks. We hope that our ‘Roo family will continue to help donate financially or provide us with some of our most needed items.”

The 3-Minute Thesis

By , December 1, 2015 9:32 am

3 min thesisOften, it is difficult to impart the significance and value of research studies and graduate education to the public at large – and to policymakers in particular.

Recently, the U.S. Council of Graduate Schools has encouraged the establishment of a new program, referred to as the Three Minute Thesis, to address this issue. This program, adopted by other major universities worldwide, originated from the University of Queensland in Australia and is being brought to UMKC by the School of Graduate Studies.

The major goal of the program is enhanced oral communication. Essentially the Three Minute Thesis is a three-minute-maximum oral summary of a student’s dissertation or thesis research, aimed at educated lay people.

A three-minute thesis is not as simple as one would think. Students need to identify the most critical findings of the research and relay them to individuals unfamiliar with the technical subject matter. They need to state only the major take-home message they want to convey, without using technical jargon.

Student competitions are helping to popularize the concept. At UMKC, approximately 28 students have volunteered to take part in a Three Minute Thesis contest to be held in early February. Contestants are only allowed to use one PowerPoint slide in their presentation. The first and second place winners will receive cash prizes. Members of the audience will be asked to select a People’s Choice winner. The first place winner will be invited to present at the regional competition within the Midwest Association of Graduate Schools in April in Chicago.

You can see examples of winning presentations from other universities at: http://threeminutethesis.org/3mt-showcase

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