Category: Of Interest

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


Gallery of Art Opening Reception for A Surrender Against Reality

By , September 6, 2017 11:25 am

Photo courtesy of the artist: Kati Toivanen, Transformations — Images in Motion #5

The UMKC Gallery of Art will showcase its new exhibition, A Surrender Against Reality, in conjunction with Every Street Is Charlotte Street, with an opening reception on Thursday, Sept. 7 from 5-7pm.  The show runs through Friday, Oct. 6.

Throughout history, artists have utilized ingenious methods of manipulating materials and processes to
manifest various perceptions of reality. And by extension, many artists from the marginalized to the
mainstream have challenged the notions of truth and its tenuous relationship with reality. Today, with the loss of faith in institutions to provide a collective comprehension of truth while autocratic leaders espouse misconceptions and misinformation, citizens are left to forge their own understandings. In this exhibition the participating artists will explore the manipulation of reality and its tricky and fraught relationship with truth.

This exhibition is made up of former Charlotte Street Foundation awardees and is in conjunction with Every Street is Charlotte Street, celebrating their 20th anniversary.

Fall 2017 Hours: Monday: 9-2 Tuesday: 9-5 Wednesday: 9-4 Thursday: 9-7 Friday 9-4

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