Phi Kappa Phi Spring 2016 Initiation

By , April 26, 2016 3:11 pm

PhiKappaPhiPhi Kappa Phi Chapter 103 Spring Initiation

Congratulations to our Student Initiates. Phi Kappa Phi is the nation’s oldest and most selective multidisciplinary collegiate honor society. It is a global network of the best and brightest, a community of scholars and professionals building an enduring legacy for all generations.




Yahya Zafi Alharthi                     Melissa R. Ifada                   Zachary J. Parker

Ahmed Alotaibi                             Julia Kahn                            Joshua Prather

Ashley E. P. Asano                       Rachel King                           Jordon D. Pritchard

Alaina Banks                                 Haleigh E. Koca                    Emily Ross

Latonya Barber                             Mike L. Lee                           Nolan D. Swanson

Andrew S. Bonci                           Zoë S. Lemon                        Jumanah Tammar

Lindsay Browne                            Arianne MacGillivray          Muhammad Sana Ullah

Monica Camacho                          Bridget McSorley                 Melonnie Walker

Benjamin John Hammes            Benjamin Nichols                 Abraham M. Wayman

Tori Humiston

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Latino Americans: 500 Years of History

By , April 13, 2016 1:49 pm

Latino AmericansLatino Studies: The Founding and The Future
Exploring the Samora Legacy Project Archive

Thursday April 21, 2016

5:30pm reception, 6:00pm event

UMKC Miller Nichols Learning Center:
Jeannette Nichols Forum

800 E 51st Street, Kansas City, MO 64110


The Miller Nichols Library is delighted to announce our 4th installment of the Latino Americans: 500 Years of History series. Guest speaker Geoff Samora, son of Julian Samora, will talk about the Samora Legacy Project Archive housed here at UMKC. Miguel Carranza, Ph.D., Director of Latina/Latino studies at UMKC will be the discussion leader.

This event is free and open to the public.

RSVP is required. Please RSVP here

Related Event: Latino Studies Research Symposium
Friday, April 22, 2016: 9:00am-4:00pm
Miller Nichols Library: Room #325

Presented by the UMKC Latina/Latino Studies Department and LASO Student Organization

Traditional Arts Research Group will host a mini symposium. Some of the students have been conducting research for almost 2 years on the traditional arts in Kansas City, thanks to a grant from the University Research Board. Last spring they presented their findings in San Francisco at the National Association for Chicana and Chicano studies and in Jefferson City at the Missouri Folklore Society Conference. Some of these same students are doing research that will be presented at this year’s NACCS (National Association for Chicana and Chicano Studies) conference in Denver.  Marta Sanchez is scheduled to present a Bernardine Haskell Lecture at the conclusion of the symposium.

8:30 am:  Registration (coffee and pan dulce)
9:00 am: Welcome
9:15-10:015 am: Session 1
10:15-10:30 BREAK
10:30-12:00 Session 2
12:00-1:00 Lunch hosted by LASO
1:00-2:00: Session 3
2:00-3:00: Poster Session
3:00-4:00:  Marta Sanchez and Norma Cantu, Transcendental Train Yards. Book presentation

For more information about either event, please contact the Libraries Administrative Office at 816.235.5828

Holocaust survivor to speak at UMKC

By , April 11, 2016 11:57 am

Defying the Odds Award honoree to speak April 19

Judy COBAfter Germany occupied Hungary in 1944, Judy Jacobs (MBA ’77, Ph.D. ’86) and her family were placed in the Bergen-Belsen concentration camp when she was seven years old. She lost many loved ones in the gas chambers of Auschwitz. When she and her parents were freed, she was sent off – young, alone and scared – to boarding school while her parents attempted to rebuild their lives. In 1946, Jacobs and her family moved to the United States. Despite everything they had experienced, her parents passed on their belief in the importance of education and Jacobs went on to college. Jacobs came to UMKC to earn her MBA and a Ph.D. in higher education administration and completed her degrees while working and raising a family. Today, Jacobs utilizes her education and her experiences during WWII to teach others about the Holocaust.

For overcoming significant obstacles to achieve her success, Jacobs will be presented with the university’s Defying the Odds Alumni Achievement Award at a campus-wide luncheon recognizing several 2016 outstanding alumni on April 21. She will share her story, Memories of a Child: Life Before, During and After the Holocaust, on April 19 from 5:30-6:30 p.m. in Room 218 of Bloch Executive Hall, 5108 Cherry Street in Kansas City. Free and open to the public, this speaking engagement is co-sponsored by the UMKC School of Education and Henry W. Bloch School of Management.

For registration and parking information visit or call 816-235-6173.

Justin Perry, Ph.D., Named Dean of School of Education

By , April 8, 2016 1:38 pm

Justin Perry, Ph.D., Named Dean of UMKC School of Education

Currently Chair of Counseling, Administration, Supervision and
Adult Learning at Cleveland State University


KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Justin Perry, Ph.D., has been appointed Dean of the School of Education and Ewing Marion Kauffman/Missouri Endowed Education Chair, and Professor of Counseling and Educational Psychology at the University of Missouri-Kansas City.

Perry is currently Chair and Associate Professor in the Department of Counseling, Administration, Supervision, and Adult Learning at Cleveland State University. He also serves as Director of the Center for Urban Education at Cleveland State. His appointment was announced March 23 by Barbara A. Bichelmeyer, provost and executive vice chancellor at UMKC.

“The mission of our School of Education is to promote diversity, equity, inclusion and social justice by preparing future teachers, administrators, counseling psychologists and mental health professionals who are committed to meeting the challenges of K-20 education today, particularly those challenges that are unique to urban education. Dr. Perry’s background and experience have prepared him well for this important leadership role at UMKC,” Bichelmeyer said.

Perry has been director of the Center for Urban Education at Cleveland State since 2010. His work focuses on the prevention of school dropouts by improving college and career readiness to promote pathways for post-secondary education. Dr. Perry has produced more than 40 publications, and his program of research has been funded by a $1 million grant awarded by the Institute of Education Sciences. He has led the Center for Urban Education in securing and/or serving on 27 external grants, totaling over $14 million, including grants funded by the National Science Foundation, National Institutes of Health, U.S. Department of Education, Health Resources and Services Administration, Ohio Department of Education and The Cleveland Foundation.

The CSU Center for Urban Education also serves as the research and development arm of Campus International School, a professional development school established in partnership with the Cleveland Metropolitan School District. The Center supported initiatives to help the school become accredited in 2014 as an IB World School by the International Baccalaureate (IB) Organization.

Perry was born in Pusan, Korea.  He was adopted at an early age in the state of Washington and grew up in a multi-racial family.  His passion for social justice and his understanding of the importance of urban education stems from his life experience, the impression left by his own teachers, and volunteering as a math tutor at an urban elementary school in New Orleans.  “I simply would not be here today without the impact my teachers made when I was in school.  That is something I deeply believe every child deserves,” Perry said.

Professionally, Perry’s commitment to urban education and social justice began when he worked in the Boston public schools, providing career, educational, and mental health services, while conducting research in those urban school settings.

“I chose urban education as a primary vehicle for pursuing social justice because it stands as one of the ‘great equalizers.’  Although I have no illusions that a high quality education alone can rid society of its inequities, disparities, and injustices, I believe it is a fundamental right, and all of us have an obligation to support it. That’s why I am so excited about coming to UMKC – it’s an institution that is truly committed to Kansas City.”

During the search and interview process, Perry said, it quickly became clear that UMKC has an outstanding group of faculty, staff, and students in the School of Education, and a very strong network of relationships with alumni, external partners, and the philanthropic community.

“I will work with others to build on the School’s past record of success and national reputation by, first and foremost, proactively engaging with and listening to all of its constituents and representatives. In doing so, I look forward to understanding the experiences, needs, concerns, and aspirations of everyone who is involved and has a role to play in creating the future of the School,” Perry said.

Perry has a Ph.D. in counseling psychology and a master’s degree in mental health counseling, both from Boston College. He has served on the Board of Directors at Esperanza, Inc., a non-profit organization in Cleveland dedicated to the educational needs of Hispanic youth.

He said that “interdisciplinary collaboration” is core value he will bring to the job.

“It is not possible to comprehensively understand or fully address most societal problems from the standpoint of one discipline or based on the efforts of any single profession.  Interdisciplinary collaboration sparks our intellectual curiosities, changes our ways of thinking about what we do, allows innovative solutions to take shape, and expands our realm of influence,” Perry said. “This is especially true in both K-12 and higher education, where the fundamental issues associated with achievement, graduation rates, career readiness, human development, and well-being are so intertwined with so many other issues that inevitably are beyond the traditional purview of any single academic discipline.”



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