What a successful Urban Education and Community Forum we hosted last week Monday! Dr. Alfred Tatum’s presentation was well received by the nearly 400 educators, community members, faculty, staff and students who attended and my thanks to all those individuals behind the scenes who helped pull off our 8th annual signature event without a hitch. Read the wrap-up online. Following the Forum, a group of area philanthropists, donors, community volunteers, school leaders, faculty, and students joined Dr. Tatum for dinner and conversation regarding literacy development among African-American youth, with a focus on the Kansas City area education community. Drs. Etta Hollins and Jennifer Waddell joined us, along with a current student and recent graduate of the IUE. Donors who attended the dinner in the past have established scholarships benefitting SOE students. I also wish to give a shout-out to Drs. Kindel Nash, Nora Peterman and Connor Warner for agreeing to co-facilitate a similar ‘after-event’ conversation with several SOE alums.
This Wednesday, the UMKC community has the opportunity to hear Dr. Terrell Strayhorn, professor of Education at The Ohio State University, discuss what research on sense of belonging shows and why colleges and universities should care in his presentation, “Inalienable Rights: Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Belonging.” The event will be from 10:15-11:15 a.m. in room 302 of the UMKC Student Union. Please RSVP.
As announced last week, the UMKC Division of Diversity and Inclusion is soliciting applications for its Inclusive Excellence Award. This award (up to $5,000) will support projects and initiatives by any faculty/staff member, campus group, department, office, division or academic unit that seeks to advance one or several of the five diversity dimensions as outlined in the UMKC Diversity Strategic Plan. The deadline for applications is April 14 with a complete list of guidelines available for download.
The University’s annual Recognition of Lavender Graduates and Pride Awards Banquet will be Wednesday, May 10, at 6 p.m. in room 401 of the UMKC Student Union. All are invited to attend in support of contributions by our LGBTQIA students both on campus and in the community. RSVP before May 1 if you wish to attend. Also, nominations for the Pride Awards are due April 21.
And, congratulations to Christine Serpe, a graduate student in CEP who has received a travel award from the School of Graduate Studies (to be matched by the SOE) to attend the APA annual conference in Washington, D.C. in August.
May 2 – Jazz on the Lawn, 3:30-5 p.m. RSVP.
May 13 – Deadline for undergraduates submit to Lucerna.