We would like everyone on campus and in the community to feel welcome during their visit to the UMKC Women’s Center. Our friendly staff is always willing to assist with inquiries whether it be discussing programs, finding resources or just getting on-campus directions. Click here for contact and location information.

Chelsie Duckworth, Women’s Center Sr. Program Coordinator
Phone: 816.235.1643

Chelsie joined the UMKC Women’s Center in November 2022. A Kansas City native, she is passionate about serving this community and has spent her career advocating for reproductive justice and gender equity.

She holds a dual B.A. in Women, Gender, Sexuality Studies/Spanish Language from Augsburg University where she focused much of her time on the role of art and gender in global social movements as well as youth arts programing in the Minneapolis metro.

Before joining the Women’s Center staff, she worked as a CAPPA certified full-spectrum doula and childbirth/new parent educator. She has enjoyed serving on boards and volunteering with organizations including United Nation Association of Greater Kansas City – Women’s Committee, Nurture KC, Sheffield Place, Doulas of Greater Kansas City, and her own neighborhood association.

As Program Coordinator, Chelsie leads the Women’s Center student staff, fostering a safe and inclusive space for UMKC students to come on campus for resources and relaxation. She also creates and manages activities and events across campus and in the Kansas City community that promote gender equity and encourage positive student activism.

Outside of work, she loves baking, embroidery, exploring new restaurants, and movie nights with her family.

Alison Kendall, Graduate Assistant
Phone: 816.235.1638

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.


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