Diversity Awareness

UMKC values diversity, inclusiveness, and respect.  The following resources can help you explore the many different cultures, perspectives, and backgrounds represented within our campus community.  Taking the time to learn about and appreciate different perspectives and cultures makes our community a better, more inclusive and welcoming environment for all.

African American History and Culture House

The African American History and Culture House serves as a resource and provides space for activities that enhance and enrich understanding and participation in African American intellectual culture.  In addition, the House provides a supportive environment for educational and social growth for UMKC’s African American students, faculty, and staff.

Division of Diversity and Inclusion

The Division of Diversity and Inclusion serves the UMKC community by providing the resources  to ensure the University as whole reflects the community we serve.  The Division sponsors a Diversity Speaker Series and other events throughout the academic year to promote diversity and social justice.  In addition, the Division provides an avenue to investigate allegations of discrimination.

International Academic Programs

Gain cultural awareness by studying abroad or enhance your academic profile by applying for a nationally competitive fellowship! UMKC’s International Academic Programs Office (IAP) helps connect students to overseas opportunities, aids faculty in developing and leading programs abroad, and guides applicants through the fellowship process.

International Student Affairs

The International Student Affairs Office (ISAO) increases the global diversity at UMKCRead More

International Student Ambassadors help plan several annual events for the campus community to explore and learn about the more than 80 countries represented by our international students and scholars.  Programming supported by ISAO includes:  New Student Orientation, International Education Day, Culture Night, Kansas City’s Ethnic Enrichment Festival, and other campus and community cultural events.

ISAO supports student success by providing pre-departure and post-arrival orientation, new arrival housing services, monthly newsletters, optional and curricular practical training assistance, F & J visa advising, referrals to campus services, partnerships with academic advisors, and support for campus nationality groups, International Student Council, and the International Student Ambassador Program.

LGBTQIA Programs and Services

LGBTQIA (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer, Intersex, and Ally) Programs and Services provides a safe place for students to just be themselves.  Services include a lounge, resource library, educational and social events, and Safe Space training programs for the campus community. 

Multicultural Student Affairs

The mission of Multicultural Student Affairs (MSA) is to enhance and improve the quality of the college experience for students of color.  Furthermore, MSA seeks to collaboratively educate, empower and engage the campus community on the multicultural experience.  We achieve this through providing leadership to multicultural students organizations to ensure relevant cultural programming is present campus wide, partnering with various campus constituents to weave the experiences of multicultural students into the fabric of the institution and serve as an additional support system to the overall growth, development and success of our students.

Residential Life

The Residential Life Office provides programming and support to students living in university housing facilities.  Living on-campus provides unique opportunities to interact with students from across the United States and around the world.  Resident Assistants provide multicultural and social justice events to help students learn about each other and their views. 

Office of Student Involvement

There are nearly 300 active student organizations, many of which help students explore different cultures and ideas.  Attending events hosted by a student organization is a great way to learn about a different country or perspective–or join a group to help share your traditions and culture with the rest of campus!  Whatever your interest or curiosity, the Office of Student Involvement (OSI) can help!

Women’s Center

The mission of the Women’s Center is toadvocate, educate, and provide support services for the achievement of women’s equity on campus and within the community at large.  Come relax or study in the Women’s Center lounge or learn how to get involved in raising awareness about women’s and gender issues on campus and in the community.