2017 LGBTQIA Ally Campaign

By , September 27, 2017 1:08 pm

LGBTQIA Programs and Services is excited to celebrate another year of support for our LGBTQIA community at UMKC.  We are inviting you and your colleagues to join us for a campus-wide photograph as part of LGBTQIA Programs 5th Annual UMKC Ally and Pride Photo, on Thursday, October 5th at 12:50pm on the steps of the Student Union. Please feel free to share the attached flyer with your area.

The goal of this project is to provide our LGBTQIA community a brief visible demonstration of support from our campus.  We will begin organizing the group for a photograph promptly at 12:50pm, and hope to dismiss by 1:00pm for you to return to your day. Please join us in demonstrating our campus support for our LGBTQIA students. 

If you have any questions, please contact Jonathan Pryor, Assistant Director for LGBTQIA Programs and Services in the Office of Student Involvement, at pryorj@umkc.edu.


We Work for Change – event simulcast for students (Oct 3)

By , September 14, 2017 8:17 am

The Women’s Foundation is celebrating their 25th anniversary this year with an event, “We Work for Change,” featuring former UN Ambassador Samantha Power, who will speak about the importance of young people’s (particularly women’s) civic engagement.

The youngest-ever U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations and one of TIME’s “100 Most Influential People,” Samantha Power spent the first half of her career explaining complex geopolitical events – as a Pulitzer Prize-winning author, war correspondent, and Harvard professor – and the last eight years helping to shape these events.

Through a special sponsorship, students can attend a live screening of the event—for free—at the Student Union Theatre on Oct 3rd from 4-6pm.  Students must bring their student ID card to attend the simulcast.

Students RSVP here.

The keynote itself is at the Kauffman Performing Arts Center, which is co-hosted by Leo and Yvette Morton.  Please note that the simulcast is for students only:  community members, faculty, and staff who wish to attend will need to purchase a ticket for the event.





Campus Climate Survey results revealed

By , September 12, 2017 9:28 am

Survey Shows Progress, While Issues Remain

The University of Missouri-Kansas City provides a campus climate that almost 80% of students, faculty and staff rated as “comfortable” or “very comfortable” in an October 2016 survey.

Despite that finding, however, 17% of respondents indicated that they had personally experienced “exclusionary, intimidating, offensive and/or hostile conduct” because of their position at the university or their ethnicity, age, gender or gender identity. That 17% figure is slightly lower than the 20% – 25% result that is typical of studies of similar campuses, according to the consultants who produced the survey.

“While the level of overall satisfaction is welcome news, we recognize that we have work to do to ensure that UMKC offers a truly inclusive campus environment that is grounded in mutual respect, and recognizes and values each person’s needs, abilities and potential,” said Barbara A. Bichelmeyer, Interim Chancellor and Provost.

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Register now for Walk a Mile in Her Shoes 2017

By , September 12, 2017 9:22 am

Register now for UMKC’s annual Walk a Mile in Her Shoes® event, which will be on the UMKC campus Oct. 5 from 5 to 7 p.m. starting at the University Playhouse on 51st and Holmes Streets.

The walk is open to faculty, staff and students as well as community members.  Please note that we will have a limited number of high heels available for walkers — we encourage walkers to BYOS (bring your own shoes).

Walk a Mile in Her Shoes® asks men to walk a mile in women’s high-heeled shoes. Walking in women’s shoes helps men better understand and appreciate women’s experiences, thus changing perspectives, helping improve gender relationships and decreasing the potential for violence.

Since 2007, more than 1,000 have people participated in Walk a Mile in Her Shoes® at UMKC. Their participation helped raise awareness of rape, sexual assault, and gender violence, as well as raise funds for the UMKC Women’s Center and Violence Prevention and Response Program.


Social Justice Book Discussion: They Can’t Kill Us All (Oct 4 and 12)

By , September 12, 2017 9:12 am

Join Scott Curtis, book discussion leader, as we explore the book They Can’t Kill Us All: Ferguson, Baltimore, and a New Era in America’s Racial Justice Movement by Pulitzer Prize winner and Washington Post Reporter Wesley Lowery.

Copies of the book are available at the Miller Nichols Library Circulation Desk.

October 4, 2017 | 3:00 – 4:30 pm
Miller Nichols Library, 1st Floor – iX Theatre


This discussion is part of UMKC’s 11th Annual Social Justice Lecture Series.  The accompanying lecture & book signing with the author will be held on Thursday, October 12, 2017 at 6p.m. in Pierson Auditorium.

Note: Lecture fee is $10. UMKC students attend the lecture for free. Faculty who bring their students also attend free.

Book Summary:

A deeply reported book that brings alive the quest for justice in the deaths of Michael Brown, Tamir Rice, and Freddie Gray, offering both unparalleled insight into the reality of police violence in America and an intimate, moving portrait of those working to end it

Conducting hundreds of interviews during the course of over one year reporting on the ground, Washington Post writer Wesley Lowery traveled from Ferguson, Missouri, to Cleveland, Ohio; Charleston, South Carolina; and Baltimore, Maryland; and then back to Ferguson to uncover life inside the most heavily policed, if otherwise neglected, corners of America today.

In an effort to grasp the magnitude of the repose to Michael Brown’s death and understand the scale of the problem police violence represents, Lowery speaks to Brown’s family and the families of other victims other victims’ families as well as local activists. By posing the question, “What does the loss of any one life mean to the rest of the nation?” Lowery examines the cumulative effect of decades of racially biased policing in segregated neighborhoods with failing schools, crumbling infrastructure and too few jobs.

Studded with moments of joy, and tragedy, They Can’t Kill Us All offers a historically informed look at the standoff between the police and those they are sworn to protect, showing that civil unrest is just one tool of resistance in the broader struggle for justice. As Lowery brings vividly to life, the protests against police killings are also about the black community’s long history on the receiving end of perceived and actual acts of injustice and discrimination. They Can’t Kill Us All grapples with a persistent if also largely unexamined aspect of the otherwise transformative presidency of Barack Obama: the failure to deliver tangible security and opportunity to those Americans most in need of both.

– Amazon Booksellers

Passion for Discovery – Undergraduate research

By , September 12, 2017 9:03 am

Undergraduate Students Showcase Findings from Research Opportunities

The benefits of building relationships with faculty, hands-on workforce training, resume building and distinguishing yourself are all selling points for doing undergraduate research. Oh! And, according to students and faculty who have participated in undergraduate research, it can even be fun.

Students are able to reap each of those benefits by participating in any of the many undergraduate research opportunities offered at the University of Missouri-Kansas City. One of those opportunities includes the Student Undergraduate Research Opportunity (SUROP) program. SUROP provides students with a $2,000 tuition grant and covers up to $1,250 in reimbursable expenses for projects undertaken during the summer.

This past summer, 23 undergraduate students worked with faculty mentors through SUROP as they researched various topics of interest. Research topics came from a number of influences, from past research experiences to television shows. Biochemistry senior Laurie Ray said her research topic, “Expanding Applications of Green Fluorescent Protein Expression to Include Criminal Justice Reform,” was a result of the Netflix documentary “Making a Murderer.”

“My project centers on expanding the application of Green Fluorescent Protein to include its use as a blood marker in collected blood samples, such as those collected for DNA testing,” Ray wrote in her abstract.

Students learned to write and submit grant proposals, conduct research, design poster presentations to display their research findings and learn to communicate those findings to various audiences.

From the perspective of a faculty mentor, UMKC Undergraduate Research Director Jane Greer said she enjoys sharing in the excitement of students she works with. “These projects are self-chosen and, because of that, students are more passionate and excited about their work.”

As part of their research, some students had the opportunity to travel to various areas of the country to study. English junior Kennady Gales traveled to Washington, DC to study the regional impact of text by reviewing zines at the University of Maryland’s Michelle Smith Performance Arts Library. She conducted an “analysis of critical regionalism in zines throughout the straight edge punk subculture.” Gales said UMKC’s special collections library sparked her interest in studying zines during her previous research experience as a EUReka (Experiences in Undergraduate Research Courses) student researcher.

There are several ways to get involved in undergraduate research at UMKC: EUReka (Experiences in Undergraduate Research) Courses allow beginning researchers an opportunity to get their feet wet, then progress to programs such as SEARCH (Students Engaged in the Arts and Research) grants for students undertaking research during the academic year, and SUROP, to name a few.

“Undergraduate research is so much more than simply checking the box on student learning outcomes,” said Greer. “This is about students bringing their passion and enthusiasm, and faculty sharing their commitment to research with the next generation.”

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