Multicultural Student Affairs

Co-sponsoring student organizations

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The Office of Multicultural Student Affairs maintains contact and works closely with multicultural student organizations regarding topics pertaining to academic, social and cultural development. Our office participates in an ongoing analysis of the effectiveness of the organizations' and individuals' leadership skills.

We support UMKC organizations by:

  • Advertising and networking organization events
  • Publicizing an organization event on our calendar and listserv. Click here to submit an event.
  • Co-sponsor through financial or man-power assistance events. Click here for co-sponsorship guidelines and registration forms.
  • Arranging for meeting space on the UMKC campus
  • Providing space for small meetings in the Multicultural Student Affairs’ lobby or the African-American History and Culture House (The House). Click here for usage guidelines and a reservation form.

Organizations we support


Association of Latino American Students (ALAS)

ALAS provides a base of support for students in terms of social, cultural and academic development. Additionally, the organization strives to be a source of Latino cultural enrichment for the entire student body. We seek to teach respect and appreciation of our cultures to those who may not have the opportunity to experience it.


African Student Cultural Organization (ASCO)

The aim of ASCO is to bring African students at UMKC together. It will also assist in the smooth transition and integration of new African students into the UMKC community, inform African students about issues in Africa, organize academic and cultural events that meet the needs of the African students and promote the awareness of African issues and culture, and to cooperate whenever possible, with other campus-based organizations interested in African history and issues.


National Pan-Hellenic Council (NPHC)

This organization strives to promote an atmosphere of mutual respect and cooperation between black fraternities and sororities at UMKC, to disseminate a better understanding of Black Greek functions and purposes, to support and encourage high academic standards, to maintain smooth and cooperative relationships with other organizations, and to support and encourage viable civic projects in Kansas City.

National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP)

The NAACP informs students of the problems affecting blacks and other minority groups, to advance the economic, educational, social and political status of black people and other minority groups and their harmonious cooperation with other people.


The African-American Student Union (TAASU)

The African-American Student Union's goals include providing information about African-American culture, acting as a liaison between students and the administration, linking students with positive role models and assisting to eliminate racial tension at UMKC.


Lambda Theta Phi Latin Fraternity, Inc.

Founded in 1975 on December 1st, Lambda Theta Phi Latin Fraternity Inc. is the first Latin Fraternity in the Nation. The fraternity is a brotherhood of strong men devoting their lives to Unity, Respect, Brotherhood, Culture, and Pride. The Lambdas live day to day through their values, 'Chivalry Above Self.'


Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity Inc.

Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Incorporated was founded at Howard University in Washington, D.C., on Jan. 9, 1914 by three young African-American male students. The founders, Honorable A. Langston Taylor, Honorable Leonard F. Morse and Honorable Charles I. Brown, wanted to organize a Greek letter fraternity that would truly exemplify the ideals of brotherhood, scholarship and service.


Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Inc.

Alpha Kappa Alpha is the first Greek-lettered sorority established and incorporated by African-American college women. The sorority was founded on Jan. 15, 1908 at Howard University in Washington, D.C., by a group of nine students, led by Ethel Hedgeman Lyle. Forming a sorority broke barriers for African-American women in areas where little power or authority existed due to a lack of opportunities for minorities and women in the early 20th century. After the organization's establishment over a century ago, Alpha Kappa Alpha has helped to improve social and economic conditions through community service programs.


Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Inc.

Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. is a private, non-profit organization whose purpose is to provide assistance and support through established programs in local communities throughout the world. The sorority was founded in 1913 by 22 students at Howard University. These young women wanted to use their collective strength to promote academic excellence; to provide scholarships; to provide support to the underserved; educate and stimulate participation in the establishment of positive public policy; and to highlight issues and provide solutions for problems in their communities.


Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority Inc.

Sigma Gamma Rho was founded on the campus of Butler University on Nov. 12, 1922, by seven school teachers in Indianapolis. The sorority is a non-profit whose aim is to enhance the quality of life within the community. Public service, leadership development and the education of youth are the hallmark of the organization's programs and activities. Founded in the midst of segregation, Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority, is the only sorority of the four historically African-American sororities that comprise the National Pan-Hellenic Council (NPHC), to be established at a predominantly white campus.


Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity Inc.

Since it’s founding on Dec. 4, 1906, Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. has supplied voice and vision to the struggle of African-Americans and people of color around the world. Alpha Phi Alpha, the first intercollegiate Greek-letter fraternity established for African Americans, was founded at Cornell University in Ithaca, New York by seven college men who recognized the need for a strong bond of brotherhood among African descendants in this country. The visionary founders, known as the “Jewels” of the Fraternity, and early leaders of the Fraternity succeeded in laying a firm foundation for Alpha Phi Alpha's principles of scholarship, fellowship, good character, and the uplifting of humanity.


Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity Inc.

Kappa Alpha Psi was founded on the campus of Indiana University on Jan. 5, 1911. The Fraternity's fundamental purpose is achievement. Early in this century, African-American students were actively dissuaded from attending college. Formidable obstacles were erected to prevent the few who were enrolled from assimilating into co-curricular campus life. This ostracism characterized Indiana University in 1911, thus causing Elder W. Diggs, Byron K. Armstrong, and eight other black students to form Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, which remains the only Greek letter organization with its first chapter on the university's campus. The founders sought a formula that would immediately raise the sights of black collegians and stimulate them to accomplishments higher than they might have imagined. Fashioning achievement as its purpose, Kappa Alpha Psi began uniting college men of culture, patriotism and honor in a bond of fraternity.


Zeta Phi Beta Sorority Inc.

Founded Jan. 16, 1920, Zeta began as an idea conceived by five coeds at Howard University in Washington D.C.: Arizona Cleaver, Myrtle Tyler, Viola Tyler, Fannie Pettie and Pearl Neal. These five women dared to depart from the traditional coalitions for black women and sought to establish a new organization predicated on the precepts of scholarship, service, sisterly love and finer womanhood. It was the ideal of the founders that the sorority would reach college women in all parts of the country who were sorority-minded and desired to follow the founding principles of the organization.