Faculty & Staff E-news 11.1.16

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I congratulate Dr. Omiunota Ukpokodu and her team in bringing a successful Missouri Chapter of the National Association for Multicultural Education (MoNAME) conference to campus on October 22.  The conference theme, Racial and Cultural Justice: Engaging Multicultural Education for All, speaks to NAME’s goal and commitment toward promoting excellence and equitable education for all students, and I was proud to participate in this year’s gathering.  A plethora of breakout sessions afforded the approximately 75 attendees the opportunity to examine their beliefs and practices and collaborate with colleagues on how best to serve our diverse urban communities.  Conference presenters included several of our own:  Dr. Donna Davis, Ms. Dea Marx, Dr. Marie McCarther, Dr. Candace Schlein, Dr. Omiunota Ukpokodu, Ms. Leah Panther, Dr. Uzziel Pecina and Ms. Rhianna Thomas, along with I.Ph.D. candidate Abdul Bakar, I.Ph.D. student Godlove Tebe, and Ed.D. student Shaunda Fowler.


Last week I was pleased to have the opportunity to meet with several donors, community members and district superintendents at the home of Terrence R. (Ph.D. ‘12) and Linda D. Ward. Hosted by the Chancellor and UMKC Advancement, the event allowed me the opportunity to further connect with the external community and expand my listening tour.  I am encouraged by many of those who attended who already have expressed a desire for further collaboration.


The Kansas City Dreamkeepers inaugural educator and student symposium, “Pathways to Transforming Curriculum for Culturally Diverse Students through a Social Justice Agenda,” last Friday brought nearly 200 educators and students to campus.  With a robust schedule of breakout sessions, a UMKC Conservatory dance performance, and a guest presentation by Miss Missouri USA, activities were varied.  I was impressed with how students from several of our charter and partner schools effectively used their voice and expression around the issues of social justice and equity for all.  I extend my thanks to conference co-facilitators Dr. Donna Davis and Dr. Shirley McCarther and School of Education session facilitators Dr. Jennifer Waddell, Ms. Christine Timmerman and Ms. Jessica Gomes.  Additional thanks to Dr. Etta Hollins for funding assistance.


I was pleased with the turnout for last Friday’s HR training for search committee participation. Please know that faculty/staff who were unable to attend will need to make arrangements to complete the training through HR on their own.


Priority registration for Winter Intersession began yesterday via Pathway.  The Counseling and Educational Psychology division is offering both Adolescent Development (EDCP 492) and Educational Psychology (EDCP 493).  Please encourage students to enroll for these online courses as a way to start the spring semester a step ahead.


My thanks to those who have already expressed their willingness to volunteer at this year’s mid-year graduation ceremony on December 17:  Drs. Chris Brown, Uzziel Pecina, Dianne Smith and Katya Strekalova-Hughes, and Ms. Rhianna Thomas and Ms. Christine Timmerman.  We are still in need of two more volunteers to be degree marshals.  Regalia orders need to be submitted to Mr. Brad Martens by November 11.


The deadline for completing the UMKC Campus Climate Survey is fast approaching this Friday, November 4.  I encourage all faculty and staff to complete the survey; our goal is a 30% response rate from the SOE in order to receive school specific data.


And, a reminder that Daylight Saving Time begins next Sunday, November 6.