As the most diverse campus in the region, UMKC embraces diversity and inclusion as one of our core values. We carry out this value in our programming and into the everyday life of the university through our teaching, service and research, as well as community engagement. Diversity and inclusion is not something we see as only enriching — it is essential to our mission.

University Commitment to Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

UMKC values diversity* as central to its mission as an urban-serving research university and as a driver of excellence in teaching and learning. We are committed to fostering an environment of invigorating multiculturalism, globalism, diversity and inclusion. We demonstrate this commitment in the goals outlined in Pillar 4 of our Strategic Plan, which are to:

  • Achieve a more diverse and inclusive student body and faculty and staff community to increase access and academic success
  • Create and sustain an organizational environment that acknowledges and celebrates diversity and employs inclusive practices throughout its daily operations
  • Engage students, faculty and staff in learning varied perspectives of domestic and international diversity, including social justice
  • Create and sustain an institutional infrastructure that effectively supports progress in achieving diversity
  • Leverage the university’s mission as a statewide system of institutions to improve outcomes and reduce disparities for historically under-represented and underserved populations in Missouri and in global outreach efforts

Pillar 4 is modeled and adapted from the Association of American Colleges and Universities’ Inclusive Excellence Model (PDF), a framework that integrates diversity, equity and inclusion efforts into the core of institutional functioning. We work toward this mission through our division’s robust programming, education, training and consultation efforts across campus and in the community.

The Chancellor’s Diversity Council is a representative body whose mission is to facilitate the realization of UMKC’s strategic vision and goals as outlined in Pillar 4. The council monitors, tracks and communicates Inclusive Excellence progress across all administrative and academic units.

*UMKC embraces a broad spectrum of diversities, including race, ethnicity, culture, nationality, gender, gender identity, gender expression, age, sexual orientation, disability, linguistic ability, learning style, religion, socioeconomic and veteran status, life experiences, educational level and family structure.

Learn more about the Chancellor's Diversity Council

Embrace Diversity

Founder of The Trevor Project Headlines UMKC Pride Breakfast

The event raises funds to support LGBTQ students at UMKC

Connection Key to Student Success

UMKC student leader works to create community change

Critical Conversations: The Value of Higher Education: Ensuring Success for Students of Color in College and After Graduation

The series is part of the thoughtful action our community is taking to ensure lasting and comprehensive reform through Roos Advocate for Community Change, a campus-wide effort announced in June 2020 following the death of George Floyd. This session discusses the value of higher education