What? When? Who?: Answering your questions about feminist orgs on campus

By Kara Lewis

It took me a while to get involved during my freshman year. With a schedule full of new, challenging courses that demanded lots of studying, I wanted to make sure the time I carved away for meetings and events was worth it. Furthermore, I strived to find organizations and people that reflected my values: tolerance and inclusivity.

If you’re having the same struggle, check out these on-campus organizations that all incorporate feminism in some way. At UMKC, there’s something for everyone.

What: I Am That Girl

When: IATG meets every first and third Tuesday at 7:30 p.m. in the School of Ed.

Who should join: the caring connector

I Am That Girl is all about building relationships that empower its members. At their meetings, you can expect to answer questions like, “What makes you beautiful?” and “Why are you enough?” In a college environment that can be full of pressure and insecurity, I Am That Girl reminds students that it’s okay—no, it’s great— to be proud. If you’re looking to dig deeper and have meaningful conversations, this is the group for you.

What: Pride Alliance, UMKC Trans+, National Alliance on Mental Illness

When: Tuesdays at 2:30 p.m. in various locations, second Monday of the month at 6 p.m. in the Student Union, Mondays at 1 p.m. in various locations

Who should join: the intersectional activist

Feminism isn’t just about gender— it’s also impacted by factors like sexual orientation, gender identity, mental health, and more. Want to educate yourself on these different issues and raise awareness? Broaden your world view through conversation and community with these student organizations. Oh yeah, and sometimes there’s pizza— because pizza rolls, not gender roles!

What: Women in Science (Wi-Sci)

When: Fridays at 12 p.m. in the Women’s Center

Who should join: the STEM star

Tired of constantly being told that your major is a “men’s field?” Change the dialogue around women in science by coming to Wi-Sci’s weekly meetings. The group’s goals include encouraging women scientists and raising awareness for their scientific accomplishments. Fun fact: Wi-Sci publishes a weekly column in the student newspaper about a ground-breaking woman in STEM.

Of course, there are many more great organizations that do important and fun feminist work on campus. Explore all your options on RooGroups.