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Women’s Center has a smooth start to the semester

UMKC’s Women’s Center hosted its Welcome Week event, Chill Out with the Women’s Center, on Aug.25 at the Women’s Center office in room 105 of Haag Hall. Graduate Assistant Kacie Otto served free smoothies for visitors while Assistant Director Arzie Umali informed attendees about the organization’s upcoming projects. According to Umali, the event was a way to welcome new students as well as reacquaint returning students with the Women’s Center.
“This way our new students know where we are located,” said Umali. “They learn about the programs and services that we offer and ways that they can be engaged with them, and they get the chance to interact with other students and staff at the Women’s Center so that they really see our Center as a place where they can get connected at UMKC,” Umali said.
Student Padma Gazula attended the event due to her previous positive experiences at Women’s Center events.
“Last year [the Women’s Center] did Walk A Mile in Her Shoes. I liked that very much, so I came,” Gazula said.
Other students who attended received further knowledge about the Women’s Center to increase their involvement.
“I’ve always been interested because I actually just got published,” Amanda Selck said. “One of my essays about rape culture got published in the Sosland Journal and I want to pursue my doctorate in women’s and gender studies so I really want to get involved.”
First-time visitor Adrienne Juno enjoyed the event, and said she plans to participate with the Women’s Center in the future.
“I got the chance to meet new people, learn more about the Women’s Center and the books [from the Women’s Center library] really help me grow as a person and feel better about myself,” Juno said. “I would go to other events like those.”
The Women’s Center will represent UMKC at the Plaza Art Fair on Sept. 9 at the Country Club Plaza to promote Her Art Project, a collaborative program established to celebrate women in the arts and to construct an environment in which female artists are valued and equitable.
Interested students can visit the Women’s Center for more information.

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