Hosted through the Criminal Justice and Criminology Department, the CJC club is student-led and open to all students.
CJC senior Jared Leslie, club webmaster, said he enjoys the educational experience the club offers.
“We do a lot of tours,” Leslie said. “We’ve done some prison tours and some courtroom tours. It gives you real world experience of what the criminal justice system is like.”
Club activities have included community service projects, campus speaking engagements, tours of criminal justice agencies and institutions, participation in criminal justice event, and exposure to internships and research opportunities.
Last year, the club took part in a screening of KC Murder Factory and panel discussion, which discussed Kansas City’s high African-American murder rate.
“The main goal is just to give a little bit of information that students wouldn’t otherwise learn in the classroom setting,” Leslie said. “Understanding how it works in the real world rather than just the book definition of the various aspects of the criminal justice system.”
More recently, the club has taken part of the Let’s Can-sas City Food Fight Challenge, an initiative started by UMKC SIFE to collect 100,000 canned goods to feed the estimated 100,000 undernourished children in the Kansas City metro.
The competition involves multiple student organizations, but the CJC Club is determined to win.
The CJC Club is accepting donations 9 a.m.- 5 p.m. through Feb. 10 at its conference room at 5215 Rockhill Rd.
Other donation bins are located throughout campus. For Leslie, community involvement is a key focus of the organization.
“I think we’re over two hundred cans right now, we’ve done pretty well so far raising cans,” Leslie said.
Like other student organizations, the CJC club provides members with the opportunity to meet likeminded people.
“I like the fact that I can get to know people with the same interests as me,” CJC freshman Dawn Blakewood said. “Everybody’s just friendly.”
Blakewood thinks that the club can “help people find leadership qualities.” CJC Club general meetings are held 5 p.m. on the first Monday of each month.The meetings are open to UMKC students of all majors.