2019 Orientation Leader Application Now Available

By , October 11, 2018 11:10 am

Want to help new students transition to UMKC?  Want to share your Roo spirit and introduce new students to our vibrant campus life?  Want to hold a flexible, fun, and rewarding part-time job in Spring/Summer 2019?

Apply to be a UMKC Orientation Leader!
The Orientation Leader position is a part-time, non-work study undergraduate student staff member in UMKC’s Admissions Office, beginning January 2019 and continuing until August 2019.  This position’s primary responsibilities include assisting with freshman and transfer student Orientation programs during Summer 2019.   Selection to this team is a unique honor and a rewarding opportunity for personal growth and leadership development.

The application is now open.  Go to http://www.umkc.edu/orientation/orientation-leaders.cfm to learn more and apply.  Applications are due November 1 by 5:00pm.

Questions?  Email umkcorientation@umkc.edu.

Voter Registration Drive

By , September 21, 2018 2:13 pm

Your Voice Matters…  Your Vote Counts!

General Election November 6

Missouri:  Registration deadline is October 10. Request absentee ballot by October 31.

Kansas:  Registration deadline October 16. Request absentee ballot by October 31.

Voter Registration Tables

Volunteers needed! Sign up for one or more 1-hour time slots HERE.

  • Monday, 24 Sept — 11am – 2pm — Miller Nichols Library and ASSC
  • Tuesday, 25 Sept — 11am – 2pm — Miller Nichols Library and ASSC
  • Wednesday, 26 Sept — 11am – 2pm — Health Sciences Building
  • Wednesday, 3 Oct — 11am – 2pm — Student Union, Miller Nichols Library, ASSC
  • Thursday, 4 Oct — 11am – 2pm — Student Union, Miller Nichols Library, ASSC

Constitution Day 2018

By , September 7, 2018 11:56 am

UMKC will celebrate Constitution Day on Monday, September 17, 2018 with an event sponsored by the UMKC School of Law:  Seize Your Rights – a Forum on 4th Amendment Rights.  The session is at noon in the School of Law Student Lounge.

Moderated by Law School faculty, local law enforcement, and attorneys, the session will focus on how the Bill of Rights applies to individuals as well as our rights and responsibilities.

Constitution Day 2018 is co-sponsored by The American Constitution Society, ACLU Law Student Alliance, and The Federalist Society.

Constitution Day became a recognized federal holiday in 2004, when legislation authored by Senator Robert Byrd was signed into law.  The Act mandates that all educational institutions that receive public funding provide educational programming on the history of the American Constitution on or near September 17th each year.


2018 Social Justice Lecture Series

By , September 7, 2018 11:48 am


This year’s Social Justice Lecture speaker is Dr. Erica Armstrong Dunbar, author of Never Caught: The Washingtons’ Relentless Pursuit of their Runaway Slave, Ona Judge.

Join us for the following events:

Book Discussion with Scott Curtis, librarian at Miller Nichols Library

Wednesday, Sept 26 | 3 – 4:30pm
Miller Nichols Library, 3rd Floor, Room #325
Book discussion is free and open to the public, but RSVP is requested.

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


Social Justice Lecture with Dr. Erica Armstrong Dunbar, author

Tuesday, Oct 9 | 6pm
Atterbury Student Success Center, Pierson Auditorium
The Lecture is open to the public, but Registration is required.

UMKC Students: Free
UMKC Faculty/Staff: $5
Community Constituents: $7
*Tickets will be $10 at the door*

Counseling, Health, and Disability Services Open House

By , August 30, 2018 3:49 pm

Check out their new location!

Mind Over Mood and other Counseling Workshops

By , August 30, 2018 1:03 pm

Did you know UMKC Counseling Services offers more than just individual counseling?

Workshops are a great opportunity for students to gain support and to learn invaluable coping skills and strategies. Students are welcome to repeat the workshop in order to strengthen and hone their newly developed skills!

Group counseling helps students learn more about themselves and their relationships. Groups are a powerful and effective option for most emotional concerns.

Enrolled UMKC students are eligible to attend workshops and group counseling. These services are confidential, effective, and free. See available workshops and groups listed below for more information.

How do students participate in Workshops and/or Group Counseling at UMKC Counseling Services?  In order to access group counseling and workshops, students must call UMKC Counseling Services at 816-235-1635 to schedule a 30-minute initial consultation appointment. Students should indicate their interest in a particular group or workshop when scheduling the Initial Consultation appointment. Please note that Counseling Services has moved to a new location in the Brookside 51 Building:  5110 Oak Street, Suite 201.



Building Mindfulness

Workshop participants learn skills for managing stress, thinking more clearly, and being more present in daily life. Participants also learn about the science that makes mindfulness work! This workshop meets for five consecutive weeks. 40 to 50 minutes per session / 5 sessions

Mind over Mood

This three session series focuses on creating flexibility to deal with whatever brings participants into counseling. Students build skills that include mindfulness, acceptance and understanding how to get “un-stuck”. Workshop attendees learn how to focus on what really matters to them. Personal sharing is but not required to participate in this workshop series. Workshop participants receive a workbook filled with in-session exercises as well as stress management information, coping skills, and mindfulness strategies. This workshop meets for three consecutive weeks. 50 minutes per session / 3 sessions

Taming Test Anxiety

A workshop for those who experience anxiety around exams. Participants learn to make anxiety work for them – not against them – by becoming familiar with the true role of anxiety, the ways in which our brains trick us, and tips and strategies for becoming comfortable with discomfort. This workshop meets for four consecutive weeks. 75 minutes per session / 4 sessions


Group Counseling:

Body Wellness Group

In this group, members explore their relationship with body image, food, and weight and how that relationship shapes their lives. This group is a safe space in which to explore these concerns. In addition to receiving and giving support, group members begin developing effective coping strategies. 60 minutes per session / once per week

Interpersonal Process Group

In this group, students actively engage in working on treatment goals through interaction with others who share similar goals. By processing concerns and helping to support others, students learn valuable skills such as coping, emotion management, effective communication, and giving and receiving empathy. This is a great way for students to gain a better understanding of themselves and others. This group generally has 6 to 9 members and is facilitated by two mental health professionals. 90 minutes per session / once per week

Whole-Self Healing: Trauma-Sensitive Yoga

Led by one of our staff psychologists who is also a RYT 200 yoga and meditation instructor, this yoga group is for those in recovery from any kind of trauma. The objective of trauma-sensitive yoga is not to access emotions or dredge up trauma memories, but rather to help group members heighten their body awareness—to notice what is happening inside their bodies—and thereby learn to release tension, reduce and control fear and arousal, and tolerate sensation. Whether it is a recent trauma or something long standing, this experience will help reestablish connection between mind and body in an evidence-based treatment. This group is suitable for the first-timer as well as the experienced yogi. 60 to 90 minutes per session / once per week

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