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Roos Advocate for Community Change action items help ensure UMKC is a welcoming place where all can thrive.

Our community and nation are in a moment of racial crisis, pain and long-overdue reckoning. At UMKC, we are leading thoughtful action on campus and in our community to ensure lasting and comprehensive change through Roos Advocate for Community Change. This effort is comprehensive, with intensive work on campus and in the community and engaging our strong relationships with alumni, trustees, volunteers and community advisory boards.

UMKC aspires to be a place where all individuals are valued for their unique contributions to our community of learning, regardless of race, social or cultural identities. This is written into our mission, vision and values. Additionally, we place a high priority on diversity — Pillar Four of our Strategic Plan is to “foster an environment of invigorating multiculturalism, globalism, diversity and inclusion. Finally, our Inclusive Excellence Plan (PDF) ensures we live up to our values. These are the values that inspire our action.


Critical Conversations

UMKC is convening regional leaders for tough conversations our community needs to have about race. Throughout the academic year there will be a series of town halls on related topics. To register for upcoming events or view past events, see details below. 

More details and registration info for 2021-21 Critical Conversations

Watch 2020-21 Critical Conversations

Critical Conversations Series Continues

The University of Missouri-Kansas City Division of Diversity and Inclusion will continue to host a series of critical conversations addressing systemic racism in the United States.

UMKC Hosts Critical Conversations Series

Read about the latest town hall

Fighting Racism Through Digital Literacy

English professor Antonio Byrd is teaching his students to use writing, rhetoric and technology for liberation and survival

Man on a Mission: Connecting Latinx Students

Personal experience enhances mentorship role

Introducing a New Department: Race, Ethnic and Gender Studies

REGS is in the College of Arts and Sciences and offers many opportunities

Planting Seeds Through Healthcare and Connections

Obie Austin has a place in his heart for minority students of all ages