The Women’s Center is Happy to Welcome Mia Lukic to Our Staff!

By Mia Lukic

Hi Friends!

My name is Mia Lukic, and this is my second year at UMKC. I am in the Six Year Law program and am majoring in Philosophy with a minor in French. I am a first generation American and first generation college student. My family came to the US from the former Yugoslavia and I was born a couple years later in Saint Louis, MO. I am fluent in BCS (Bosnian/Serbian/Croatian) and am working towards fluency in French. I think another language is the greatest gift you could be given or give yourself!

I decided to go into law because of my passion for human rights, and as we know, women’s rights are human rights! The Women’s Center aligns with my personal beliefs and morals and I think it is a great place to surround myself with likeminded individuals and to learn and grow as a woman, student, professional, and feminist. I am looking forward to working with the awesome staff at the Women’s Center and UMKC students to foster positive conversations and contribute to the wonderful programs and social media sites.

After UMKC, I aim to work for a nonprofit that focuses on women’s rights. While I have been met with many lawyers and advisors who say that after my first year of law school I will change to a more lucrative track, I know my purpose is to help people and fight for those who feel powerless. I acknowledge it will not always be easy, but I know I could not do anything else with my life while there are still people in the world facing grave injustices.

I hope to use my blog posts to educate people about some of the causes most dear to my heart and cannot wait to work on my first official post!

Kelsey Holloway Joins the Women’s Center as The New Social Media Manager!

Image previewBy Kelsey Holloway

Hello everyone! My name is Kelsey Holloway, I am currently a Junior here at UMKC and I am studying Public and Interpersonal Communications! I am originally from Kansas City, Missouri and I am so happy that I decided to stay here for college. After college I plan to go into Influencer/ Social Media Management so when I heard about this opportunity with the Women’s Center, I was very determined to reach for it!

            I have a lot of hobbies which range from spending way too much money on clothes, randomly moving halfway across the country, taking photos, and making YouTube videos. I would like to believe that I am the main character in my life and I feel like that’s the best way to view it. I have a very adventurous spirit and love to travel whenever I can; however, being a college student and living through a pandemic that is…… not happening.

            The Women’s Centers mission aligns with everything I believe in, and I love that I have this opportunity to be a part of it. As an intern here, I can’t wait to promote everything that the Women’s Center at UMKC stands for and what they do, not only for our school, but also for our community. I cannot wait to see where this semester goes, and I know that this will benefit my future career so much! It has only been one week so far and I have already learned so much! Not only about social media management, but also about women’s rights and different ways we can fight and advocate for them!

            I am so excited for this semester with the Women’s Center! I can’t wait to work with everyone at the Women’s Center on all our social media platforms so our students, and the public, can stay updated on everything we’re doing, and things that they can do during these times to stay motivated, healthy, and educated!

Welcome Morgan Clark to the Women’s Center Staff!

By Morgan Clark

Hey,

My name is Morgan Clark and I’m senior here at UMKC. I was born and raised and Kansas City. I transferred here two years ago after coming home from deployment. I was stationed in Qatar for about nine months in 2017. I am currently still in the service and have about a year left. I am majoring in Sociology. With this major I have a few options for careers. Right now, I want to work in HR for either the government or an eclectic company. I believe there needs to be more people who will speak out on the many issues in corporate America and I think being in HR is one way for me to do just that.

If I am not working or swamped with homework, I am finding new things to explore in Kansas City, especially restaurants. I love trying new food and KC has quite a few hidden gems. I also spend time walking the trails in KC with my dog Xena. Since we do not have any mountains, walking trails are the closest thing to hiking I can do. I try to stay active as much as I can, even now, during these times. I just enjoy trying new experiences, whether it’s going to a new park, or tasting new food!

I am excited to be a part of the Women’s Center. I never worked with a staff that was all women. This will be new for me and I’m excited. I also know that working here is just one of the many ways I can advocate for Women’s rights. I know that doing this will educate me on how to be a better womanist. Which I know there is always room for improvement there.

New Intern Abbie: More Than Just a Cat Lady

By Abbie Lewis

I’m so excited to be a part of the Women’s Center, to help advocate for women, and be a part of fun programs to celebrate women everywhere. As a woman living in today’s society it’s super important, now more than ever, to stand up for what you believe in and fight for your rights. I think that being an intern for the Women’s Center at UMKC is a great way to do just that. 

I’m a super outdoorsy girl who loves to travel, hike, and play with my pets! I have a blue heeler named Otis and a cat named Oprah. Reading is also a passion of mine, specifically rereading Harry Potter repeatedly until I can recite it word for word! I play tennis from time to time and you can catch me at the pool all summer when there’s not a pandemic happening. I’m into all kinds of music, currently jamming on the new Glass Animals album. If you haven’t heard it I suggest you go to Spotify right now and download it, it’s amazing!

I’m very excited to be a part of the Women’s Center and thanks for letting me share a little bit about myself with you all!

Welcome Jordan Tunks to the Women’s Center Family!

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By Jordan Tunks

Hello! My name is Jordan Tunks and I am a senior here at UMKC. I will be graduating in December 2020 with a Bachelor of Health Sciences. I came from a small town of about 5,000 people, so UMKC was a big transition for me. Coming to school in a big city has opened my eyes to how much more is out there and how much more is going on in the world. This has helped me grow as a person, and taught me that there is so much more to fight for!

As an intern at the Women’s Center I look forward to learning how to properly and effectively fight for women’s rights. I hope to be able to fight for those who do not know how to, or cannot, fight for themselves. By the completion of my internship I also hope to be able to educate those who would like to participate but do not know how or where to.

After graduation I plan to get a job helping kids and young adults develop healthy lifestyles. Learning how to educate and advocate for women’s rights will help me become a better mentor for young women.

Hey Stranger, I’m Brianna!

By Brianna Green

Hello fellow Roos! My name is Brianna Green! I am a transfer student and this is my first semester at UMKC. I am originally from the Chicago suburbs and I came out here to finish my Bachelor’s in Psychology! I also plan to move on to a Master’s in Psychology after I complete my current program. I want to specialize in human sexuality and sex trauma. I chose UMKC because of all the opportunities I saw here. I feel like this is the first step and best place to reach my academic and career goals. Kansas City has been great so far and I’m excited to call this place my new home.

Additionally, I am thrilled to be a part of the Women’s Center! Being here feels like a great way to connect with campus, as well as my fellow Roos. It’s also very important to me that I’m a part of a place that is still doing its best to offer services and support to students during these unpredictable times. Pandemic aside, I’m excited to be in a position that allows me to support and empower my college colleagues.

April Brown Joins the Women’s Center as the New Blog Editor!

By April Brown

Hello Everyone! Welcome to the 2020-2021 school year! My name is April Brown, I am 22 years old, and in my last semester of my undergraduate career at UMKC. I am majoring in English with an emphasis on Creative Writing as well as double minoring in Manuscript Editing and Print Culture and Writing. Writing has been my passion since I first learned to hold a pencil.  Artists are kind of bred in my family as my mother draws, my sisters paint and sketch respectively, and my brother is musically inclined. I found my home within the pages of a notebook. I used to feel inferior to my siblings because I was unable to create visual and auditory masterpieces the way they could, but in my senior year of high school it was pointed out to me by an English teacher that my ability to create was a combination of all things visual and auditory. I created whole worlds with my words.

I am excited to begin a new path after school, but I am also a little sad to know my time at UMKC is coming to an end. I can’t think of a better way to end it though, than by working for the UMKC Women’s Center. Not only does this opportunity open doors for me to start doing work that is extremely relevant for my career path and life choices, such as editing the blogs for the semester, but it also allows me to submerge myself in campus and community life with the events and programs we have planned this year! In a social climate such as the one we are living in now, there is no better time than now to become involved and learn more about the issues within your community.

There isn’t anything quite normal about this school year but I hope to use that uncertainty to shake up a few things in the name of progress, and the Women’s center is going to be a wonderful place to start such processes. I am beyond excited to start my new work with the Women’s Center, and with our community.

How to Access the Women’s Center This Fall

The UMKC Women’s Center is #RooReady to assist our students this fall semester. Our office hours will be Monday – Thursday, 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. A student assistant or intern will be available at the front desk each day to answer questions, provide resources, check out library books, and direct visitors to other campus resources. A number of safety measures will be in place to ensure the safety of our visitors and our staff while in the Women’s Center:

  • Occupancy will be limited to 2 visitors at any time and visits will be limited to 15 minutes.
  • Plexiglas has been placed at the front desk, furniture has been moved, and signage will remind visitors to maintain a 6-ft of social distance.
  • All visitors will be asked to check in at the front desk for basic health screening and to record their contact information for contact tracing.
  • The kitchen and conference rooms will be closed; however, the Lactation Room will remain open but must be reserved by contacting the front desk (umkc-womens-center@umkc.edu or 235-1638. Storing breast milk at the Center will not be permitted at this time. There will be no time limit on usage of the Lactation Room; however, individuals will be instructed to clean the room after each use.
  • At the close of each day, Women’s Center staff will clean and sanitize the Center using hospital-grade supplies provided by Campus Facilities. All visitors to the Women’s Center will be required to wear masks while in the Center.

All Women’s Center programs during the fall semester will be delivered remotely or in a no-contact way. Events will be listed on Roo Groups (https://roogroups.umkc.edu/organization/womenscenter), on the Women’s Center website (https://info.umkc.edu/womenc/), or on our Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/pg/umkcwomenc/events/). Please check these pages often for the most up-to-date event details.

Women’s Center leadership staff will be available for virtual appointments by phone or Zoom. Arzie Umali, Senior Assistant Director, can be contacted at umalia@umkc.edu to schedule an appointment. Dr. Brenda Bethman, Director, may be contacted at bethmanb@umkc.edu to schedule a virtual appointment. All staff working in the Women’s Center will be asked to assess their health prior their shift. Any staff person exhibiting COVID-19 symptoms must report this to their supervisor and will be instructed to stay home and contact their primary care physician. These plans may be modified at any time as we receive updates from the university regarding the Return to Campus plan. All UMKC campus health and safety policies and guidelines apply in the Women’s Center, including the UMKC mask policy, and distancing, cleaning, and illness guidelines.

A Journey to Remember

By Shanakay Osbourne

The Spring 2020 semester has come to an end, so has my journey with the Women’s Center. I would like to share with you some of my most memorable experiences and what I have learned. As the graduate assistant at the Women’s Center, some of my responsibilities included supervising undergraduate student staff, serving as a liaison between student organizations and the Women’s Center, managing and assisting with programs and events, and assist with managing the front desk at the Women’s Center.

My favorite part of being a staff member with the Women’s Center is getting to work with such an amazing team. I enjoyed spending time with the staff during events, one-on-one meetings, and getting to know each individual. We helped to support each other in planning, setting up, and working tables at events, as wells as providing encouragement and great feedback to help each other. One of the events that I enjoyed managing was the Motivational Mondays. The program was a weekly virtual event that included social media posts of inspirational quotes that help promote positive thinking and mental health. The event also included a series of self-care activities. Motivational Mondays allowed me to express my creativity while helping others to stay motivated throughout the semester.

I have learned so much during my time at the Women’s Center. I learned how to better advocate, support, and educate for the cause of women’s equity here at UMKC and in our community. I also received additional knowledge about the different challenges that women encounter such as the gender pay gap between men and women, how much unpaid domestic work women contribute to, and the impact women have made throughout history. A professional skill that I learned was how to hire employees. This is a great skill that allowed me to be able to know what to look for when hiring an individual that will be a good fit for a job position.

The Women’s Center has given me the opportunity to grow, lead, and inspire others. With being a first-time UMKC student, the UMKC Women’s Center gave me my first tour of campus, help me to publish my first blog, and is my first graduate assistantship job! I am thankful and have been honored to be a part of the team. I look forward to seeing how the Women’s Center will continue to develop with helping to promote gender equality and helping individuals reach their fullest potential. To the Women’s Center staff, I want to say thank you for making this a wonderful first-year experience for me at UMKC!

Farewell to My Internship, But Not to the Women’s Center

By Allani Gordon

My time as the HerArt Project intern for the Women’s Center has been a defining and profound moment in my college experience. To be a part of a feminist organization, larger than anything I’ve ever been a part of before, and to work alongside so many brilliant women, has left an empowering impression on me.

When I walked into Brenda Bethman’s Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality class on my first day of freshman year, I had no inkling that this course would introduce me to an internship opportunity. I would’ve never expected I would be finishing my first year of college with experience at the Women’s Center under my belt. I’m so glad I can say that I have.

I’ve learned a lot of life-long skills and gained an immense amount of knowledge on women’s equity and women in the arts. I think I’ve learned even more about myself. Being much younger than everyone else at the center pushed me to evolve in order to perform at a professional level.

Despite the in-person aspects of my internship being cut short, I’m thankful for all the collaborative work I was able to do and help I was able to offer to my fellow interns with their on-campus events and programs. I’m proud of myself and the rest of the staff for being so resilient and adaptable to our online restrictions.

Brenda and Arzie have become supervisors-turned-mentors for me. I still have several years of college to go, but I know I can rely on them going forward. They’ll be around to offer me advice, give me guidance, or simply just have a good conversation with.

This will not be the last of my time at the Women’s Center. I won’t be an intern anymore, but I will continue to be a supportive member and advocate for everything the Women’s Center does.