Apr 7, 2008    #021
Contact: John Austin

Crisis in Darfur inspires UMKC School of Nursing to support United Nations event

The University of Missouri-Kansas City (UMKC) School of Nursing has a strong reputation for its commitment to community involvement and a long history of reaching out to those in need in the metro area. During the week of April 14-20, however, the School of Nursing will extend that reach halfway across the globe to help educate the public and draw attention to the ongoing crisis in Darfur, Africa.

As one of the official sponsors of the Kansas City “Darfur Week” events, organized by the United Nations Association of Greater Kansas City (UNA-GKC), the UMKC School of Nursing (SON) will host an art reception, silent auction and film screening on Thursday, April 17, from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. The event will be held in the new UMKC Health Sciences Building at 25th Street & Holmes Road on the Hospital Hill campus.

“It has always been important to our School of Nursing to be involved in supporting our community, the region and the state,” said Lora Lacey-Haun, R.N., Ph.D., dean of the SON. “However, that is not enough. We also have to provide support globally, especially to those suffering and in need. Partnering with the United Nations Association of Greater Kansas City gives us that opportunity, and we are very pleased to be a part of this outstanding project.”

The evening will begin with a reception, providing an opportunity for visitors to browse an eclectic variety of artwork on display – all of which has been donated by generous private and public contributors. All proceeds from the silent auction will go to help the people of Darfur.

The evening will conclude with an exclusive screening of “Darfur: A Call to Action,” a 20-minute documentary film produced by the Save Darfur Coalition. The film provides background on the genocide in Darfur and explores what the major religions interpret as a global call to action to help end the violence and the suffering experienced by the Darfuri people. Representatives of the United Nations Association and the Young Professionals for International Cooperation (YPIC) will be on hand throughout the evening to answer questions and will hold a Q&A session after the film screening.

“The goal of this project is to bring awareness to the public regarding the genocide crisis in Darfur. YPIC has provided literature for the community to read and learn about genocide and how it is the deliberate destruction of a social, racial or political group,” said Myisha Broughton, executive staff assistant at the UMKC SON and vice chair of UNA-YPIC, Greater Kansas City. “By providing this service, it gives the public an opportunity to make an informed decision on the issue.”

For more information on the crisis in Darfur and a complete listing of all Kansas City Darfur Week activities, visit

The University of Missouri-Kansas City (UMKC), one of four University of Missouri campuses, is a public university serving more than 14,000 undergraduate, graduate and professional students. Celebrating 75 years, UMKC engages with the community and economy based on a three-part mission: visual and performing arts, health sciences, and urban engagement.

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