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Arzie Umali, Women’s Center Director
Arzie joined the UMKC Women’s Center in August 2009, first serving as the Assistant Director until being named Director in June 2022. During her time with the Women’s Center, she has led the development and execution of gender equity programs and services for UMKC and the surrounding community including two unique, signature programs for the Women’s Center: the Her Art Project, a program that examines gender equity in the arts; and the Window Between Worlds Healing Arts program, a workshop series that uses art and creative expression as tools for healing and self-care. As Director, Arzie leads the staff in the strategies to create equitable and inclusive spaces on campus where students can be engaged as they persist and succeed at UMKC. Prior to joining the Women’s Center staff, Arzie worked as the Student Services Coordinator for the UMKC Office of Multicultural Student Affairs and Program Coordinator for the UMKC African American History & Culture House. With several years in higher education, Arzie has extensive experience in program development for diverse student populations and in the recruitment and retention of underrepresented and first-generation college students.
Arzie was born in Manila, Philippines and grew up in Kansas City, Missouri. She holds a B.F.A. in Painting from the University of Kansas and an M.P.A. in Organizational Behavior from the UMKC Bloch School of Management, where she also serves on their Public Affairs Advisory Board. She is an active member of the Kansas City arts community exhibiting her artwork, curating exhibits, and lecturing on gender equity in the arts. She has also served on a number of boards and committees for local organizations such as the ACLU, Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, the Arts Council of Johnson County, Municipal Arts Commission of KCMO, and the InterUrban ArtHouse. In her free time she enjoys traveling and spending time with her family.
Alison Kendall, Graduate Assistant
Alison joined the Women’s Center as a graduate assistant in August 2022. After graduating from Oak Grove High School in 2017, Alison began her time at UMKC where she obtained a B.A. in Psychology with a minor in Creative Writing. As an undergraduate Alison was a member of UMKC’s Psychology Club. She also worked with children and adolescents as a registered behavior technician at an Applied Behavior Analysis therapy center for three years. In the community, she serves as a volunteer ambassador at the Kansas City Center for Inclusion, a metropolitan resource center. When Alison is not working at the Women’s Center, she can be found at the UMKC School of Education pursuing her M.A. in Clinical Mental Health Counseling to become a licensed professional counselor. Alison has three playful pets, Lulu, Joey, and Frankie.