FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Nov 9, 2010 #117
Contact: Laura Byerley
MANA de Kansas City donates organizational documents to UMKC
UMKC Libraries accepts gift Nov. 18To preserve its documentary legacy, the Kansas City chapter of MANA - a national Latina organization - is donating its organizational documents to the of Missouri-Kansas City (UMKC) Libraries' LaBudde Special Collections Department. UMKC Libraries Dean Sharon Bostick will officially accept the gift at a ceremony and reception at 6 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 18 in Room 303 of Miller Nichols Library, 800 E. 51st St., Kansas City, Mo. The UMKC Office of Diversity, Access and Equity is sponsoring the reception.
Founded in 1974, MANA is the largest national Latina membership organization. Since its founding in 1981, MANA de Kansas City has generated a substantial amount of supporting documents, photographs, records and other materials. By transferring these materials to LaBudde Special Collections, MANA de Kansas City is preserving an important piece of Kansas City history, ensuring a long-term stable environment for the collection and providing UMKC students, faculty and community researchers with access to the contents.
As UMKC establishes a Latina(o)/Chicana(o) Studies program, the availability of the MANA de Kansas City Collection will greatly enhance those efforts.
For 29 years, MANA de Kansas City has offered its members the opportunity to network with members and other community organizations; develop leadership skills through education and service opportunities; advocate on critical issues and policy development affecting Latinas, their families, and their community; assist young Latinas and new community members through introductions, career guidance, and community involvement opportunities; and mentor Herminitas (little sisters) to empower young Latinas to make healthy and positive lifestyle choices. In addition, MANA de Kansas City has offered programs that provide scholarships to Latina college students, honored and showcased local Latinas for their community involvement and service, and presented seminars and conferences targeted to the entire Latino community.
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