Chi-Raq showing and film discussion

By , February 9, 2016 8:31 am

Chi-RaqTwo showings of the Spike Lee film, Chi-Raq, will take place 4 p.m. and 7 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 11 at the Student Union Theatre. Filmed in Chicago, this satire centers on the ongoing black-on-black crime in the city.

Kevin Wilmott, KU associate professor of media studies and co-writer and co-executive of the picture, will participate in a panel discussion following the 7 p.m. showing.

Additional panelists are Theresa Torres, associate professor, Latina/Latino Studies Program; Caitlin Horsmon, associate professor, Communications Studies; Cynthia Jones, lecturer, English Language & Literature; and Jacqueline Wood, associate professor, Black Studies Program.

Adrienne Hoard, Ph.D., UMKC professor and director of Black Studies, will moderate.

Free drinks and popcorn provided at the 7 p.m. show.

Sponsors of the events are: The Black Studies Program, Communication Studies, Women and Gender Studies, Division of Diversity and Inclusion, The African American Student Union, Multicultural Student Affairs, and The Nu Epsilon Chapter of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc.

Ouch! That Stereotype Hurts

By , February 8, 2016 2:09 pm


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  • Presenter: Leslie C. Aguilar
  • Date: Friday, March 4, 2016
  • Time: 9:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. and again at 1:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.
  • Location for both sessions: UMKC Student Union Theater

What is Ouch! About?

In a unique and powerful way, experience the impact of stereotypical comments, explore why people don’t speak up against stereotypes and other biased behaviors, and learn six techniques for speaking up without blame or guilt

For more information, please contact Gloria Tibbs, or call 816-235-1540

Sessions were made possible through funding from the Chancellor’s Diversity Council and partnerships with the Division of Diversity and Inclusion; LGBTQIA Programs and Services: FaCET, and the University Libraries.

Register now:


UM System Chief Diversity Officer Search

By , February 8, 2016 1:59 pm

UM Sysem MastheadOn Nov. 9, 2015, the UM Board of Curators announced a series of strategic initiatives to be implemented to address areas of diversity, equity and inclusion across the UM System. These initiatives included the appointment of a first-ever Chief Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Officer for the UM System (view position posting).

Over the past 90 days, a search committee representing system-wide constituents and chaired by Missouri University of Science and Technology Chancellor Cheryl B. Schrader has evaluated and interviewed a robust pool of candidates.  From this collaborative process, three candidates have been identified as finalists in the search. Please click on the open forum links below for candidate bio information.

Each of the three finalists are scheduled for on-site visits in Columbia over the next two weeks. While in Columbia, the finalists will meet with a series of UM System and campus leaders, including TelePresence meetings with each campus, meetings with Board of Curators Chair Pam Henrickson, and Interim UM System President Michael Middleton. As a part of each candidate visit, we will hold a series of open forums for members of the university community to ask questions of, and provide feedback on, each of the candidates. The following are the times and dates of the open forums:

Participating in this process helps ensure that our entire organization is engaged in this important decision. If you are unable to attend, but would like to participate, each forum will be live video/audio streamed with a direct link made available on this webpage prior to each forum.  Interested parties may submit candidate questions prior to and during the forums to:

Following each forum, an online feedback form for each candidate will be made available on the website. Individuals are encouraged to submit their feedback during this time.

Meet the Candidates

Paulette Granberry Russell Kevin McDonald G. Christine Taylor



Health Careers Fair – Feb 9, 2016

By , February 8, 2016 1:51 pm

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Scholarship Opportunity from Friends of the Library

By , February 2, 2016 1:16 pm

Library BooksApply now for the

UMKC Friends of the Library

$1,000 Scholarship

This $1,000 Scholarship is available to any UMKC student with a minimum 3.0 GPA. The scholarship winner will be selected based on their written response to the following statement:

Explain the importance of libraries and the preservation of knowledge in society, history, and the world, from your point of view.

To apply for this $1,000 Scholarship, please submit the following to

  • Your name, student ID, e-mail address, street address, and phone number
  • Please indicate your degree program, department, current school level/year, and expected graduation date
  • 500-1000 word original writing piece addressing the above statement

Deadline for entry is Friday, March 25th, 2016.

The winner will be announced in April. Payout will be applied toward Fall 2016 & Spring 2017 tuition and fees. Preference will be given to students with a minimum cumulative 3.0 GPA or higher. Applicants are advised that all materials become the property of UMKC Friends of the Library, and the UMKC University Libraries upon submittal, and may be quoted in whole or in part for use of promoting UMKC Libraries.

For more information call 816-235-5828 or email

2016 African American Read-In

By , February 2, 2016 12:21 pm

African American Read-InThe 2016 African American Read-In will take place from 3:30 p.m. to 5 p.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 23, 2016  in the iX theatre at the Miller Nichols Library.

Come listen to or share works by African American authors at this event which is free and open to the public.

UMKC University Libraries is proud to take part in the seventh consecutive offering of the African American Read-In, which was created by the Black Caucus of the National Council of Teachers of English in 1989.

Registration for listeners and sharers is now open online. Register here

Complimentary snack packs will be available again this year, sponsored by the UMKC Friends of the Library.

For more information, email or call 816-235-2064.

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