Multicultural Student Affairs
Student Union, suite 319
Phone: (816) 235-1109
Fax: (816) 235-5645
- Director: Tiffany Williams
The mission of Multicultural Student Affairs is to enhance and improve the college experience of students of color at UMKC. The office also serves to educate the campus community on the multicultural experience. Our mission is accomplished by:
- Maintaining an open door policy; constantly striving to place students at the center and supporting student success.
- Providing a comfortable, resourceful, and safe space for students to utilize in the Student Union.
- Interacting with and assisting students through formal and informal mentoring and coaching. Part of these interactions involves encouraging and supporting students to participate in campus activities and organizations and to take advantage of the many leadership opportunities available to them. We also assist students in locating and utilizing resources on campus and in the community.
- Planning a variety of activities and events throughout the academic year that stimulate educational, cultural and social growth. These activities include interactive discussions, community outreach programs, traditional events during African American History Month and Hispanic Heritage Month, and the Multicultural Graduation Reception.
- Supporting and advising multicultural student organizations including TAASU (the African American Student Union), ALAS (the Association of Latin American Students), NAACP (the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People), Lambda Theta Phi Latino Fraternity, Inc., NPHC (the National Pan-Hellenic Council), and many more.
- Collaborating with other departments, academic units and student organizations to further enhance our programs so that we can adequately meet the needs of students of color at UMKC.
Through these services and programs, we assist students of color to become integrated into the academic and social systems of campus life. Our office serves to complement the classroom experience of students at UMKC.
Multicultural Student Affairs also directs the activities of the African American History and Culture House (affectionately known as the Culture House). The mission of the Culture House is to increase and enrich the general understanding of African American history and culture. The Culture House serves as a place for students to study, hang out, attend events and meetings and meet other students. The Culture House has study and meeting areas, an art gallery, a computer lab and a TV lounge. The Culture House also sponsors events and art exhibits throughout the year.