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Welcome to the new semester!

By , August 19, 2019 9:54 am
Provost Barb Bichelmeyer, Chancellor Mauli Agrawal, and interim Dean of Students Chris Brown

Welcome to a brand-new school year, Roo family!

As a student-centered, urban-serving university, our community of students, faculty and staff at UMKC are committed to each other’s learning, growth and success.

Our challenge, today and every day, is to fully live that commitment. This is how we will deliver on our mission of learning, discovery, research and service.

As members of our community, we are calling on you to be leaders in the progress of metro Kansas City, the state of Missouri, our nation and our world. This is our expectation for all of you, from the incoming freshman class to the most senior members of our faculty.

In return, we pledge a commitment to you.

We commit to fostering and modeling a culture of caring at UMKC, in which we strive to treat each other as members of a healthy family. Members of a healthy family care for each other and support each other. They also challenge each other to constantly give and be their best, and hold each other accountable. This should be the essence of the UMKC experience for students, faculty and staff.

For students, this commitment includes doing everything we can to guide and support you on steady progress toward completion of your degree; and to provide a stimulating and rewarding campus life experience where you feel welcomed and appreciated. We will meet you where you are, and support your efforts to reach your goals.

For faculty and staff, we pledge to foster a culture of open inquiry and dialogue; to act with integrity and accountability; and to respect the human dignity and diverse social and cultural identities of all.

For all members of this community, we pledge to be invested in the success of the community, and of each individual in the community.

Together, we can make the 2019-2020 academic year our best year ever. Roo Up!

C. Mauli Agrawal, Ph.D.

Barbara Bichelmeyer, Ph.D.
Provost and Executive Vice Chancellor

Chris Brown, Ph.D.
Interim Vice Provost for Student Affairs – Dean of Students

Empty Chairs

By , November 7, 2018 2:53 pm

Six transformed chairs on display in the Miller Nichols Library

Every day people miss work and class due to domestic violence.

As a part of the Empty Chairs Campaign, the UMKC Violence Prevention & Response Program collaborated with the Department of Art and Art History to raise awareness about domestic violence and how it affects members of our community.

Students from the Art Department’s 3D Design class transformed chairs into works of art that speak to the theme of domestic violence, and displayed them across campus throughout the month of October.

Now, these chairs are on display together at the Miller Nichols Library. Come see these powerful works of art and learn what you can do to reduce the impact of domestic violence.

Visit to get help for yourself or someone you know, find useful resources, information, or ways to get involved.

If you or someone you know needs help, contact UMKC’s Confidential Advocate Michelle Kroner, or visit the link above.

All Star Winning Weekend

By , April 16, 2018 2:55 pm

Shae Perry, President of UMKC’s KROO College Radio Station, host of Shady 2.0 radio show, producer of the YouTube Show “SFTL.TV”, and known as ShaeFromTheLou, presents SFTL’s All Star Winning Weekend of community events, April 20 & 21, 2018.

Friday, April 20th:

  • 2-3pm – we are making school supply bags for The Boy & Girls Club as a donation. We are encouraging all students, families and friends to come out to UMKC’s Student Union and participate.
  • 3-4pm – we will begin our Radio Show and all those who volunteered there time will have a chance to win free hoodies and shirts from upcoming clothing lines from Kansas City and St. Louis.

Saturday, April 21st:

  • 2-4pm – 2nd Annual 3-on-3 Basketball Tournament located at Swinney Recreation Center. ($2 to enter/ $1 with a canned food item)

Apply for the 2018 Friends of the Library Scholarship

By , January 26, 2018 1:05 pm

Apply Now: $1000 Scholarship from UMKC Friends of the Library

This $1,000 Scholarship is available to any UMKC student with a minimum 3.0 GPA and currently enrolled in an undergraduate or graduate degree seeking program.

The scholarship winner will be selected based on their written response to the following prompt:

“Change and disruption are not only buzzwords. Technology, economy and politics are forces that are changing the world as we know it … at a fast pace. Libraries are embracing these changes and have different strategies for maintaining and increasing their relevance to their local communities.”*  Reflect on specific ways the UMKC Libraries are or should be embracing the fast paced changes in our world.


To apply, please submit the following to

  • Your name, student ID, e-mail address, and phone number
  • Please indicate your degree being sought, department, and expected graduation date
  • 500-1000 word original point-of-view writing piece addressing the above question

Deadline for entry is Friday, March 23rd, 2018**

For more information call 816-235-5828 or email


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** Winner announced in April. Payout is applied toward Fall 2018 & Spring 2019 tuition and fees. Applicants are advised that all materials become the property of UMKC Friends of the Library, and the UMKC University Libraries upon submittal, and may be quoted in whole or in part for use of promoting UMKC Libraries.

Social Justice Mediation Workshop for Students, Jan 12-14, 2018

By , December 8, 2017 11:34 am

The UM System Office for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion is sponsoring a three-day training program with the Social Justice Mediation Institute specifically for students. The concepts and skills acquired through this workshop are particularly applicable for those already responsible for conflict resolution, such as residential life staff, judicial board members, and those involved in managing other dispute resolution processes. Please share this with any interested students.

Understanding Conflict from a Social Justice Perspective: Workshop for Students

  • Date: January 12-14, 2018
  • Time: ​9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
  • Location:  MU Student Center, Room 2205A (911 E Rollins St., Columbia, MO)
  • Cost: Costs associated with the training will be covered by the UM System Office of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion. Individuals (or sponsoring departments) are responsible for any costs associated with participants’ travel, housing accommodations, and food.
  • Applications due:  December 15, 2017

Training overview

This three-day training is designed for and open to all students at the University of Missouri-Columbia (MU), University of Missouri-Kansas City (UMKC), Missouri University of Science and Technology (Missouri S&T) and University of Missouri-St. Louis (UMSL). Participants will explore the impact of social identity and power on conflict and learn a social justice approach to understanding conflict narratives relevant to a variety of roles in campus life. The focus of the training is on critically examining the typical ways in which conflict is handled that often results in perpetuating inequality and making resolution more difficult despite the best of intentions.

Trainees are expected to participate for the full three days (9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.) and will receive a certificate upon completion.

Benefits of participation

The training prepares participants to gather and understand conflict narratives, using skills which can help them perform their roles as leaders more effectively. The concepts and skills acquired through this workshop are particularly applicable for those already responsible for conflict resolution such as residential life staff, judicial board members and those involved in managing other dispute resolution processes. They also will serve as useful life-long tools for future leaders in our communities.

The training is offered through a variety of methods to address different learning styles: lecturettes, interactive activities, role-play demonstration, visuals, small and large group discussions, and skills practice activities. Clips of an actual mediation session are utilized for analysis and discussion.


To apply for the upcoming Social Justice Mediation Training, please complete the online application.

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


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