Latinx and Latin American Studies Program

Get to Know
Avanzando is a partnership between the UMKC Division of Diversity & Inclusion and the Hispanic Development Fund (HDF). Implemented in August 2011, the Avanzando program is designed to support HDF Scholarship recipients at UMKC in their academic and career pursuits. Goals include: Increasing scholar retention, improving graduation rates, and assuring successful transitions of students into graduate school and/or career positions. Program components included individualized academic support, mentoring and enhanced access to campus and community resources.

Every Avanzando scholar receives individual support from the program director and D&E staff. Scholars are also matched with a UMKC faculty or staff member and/or a Latin@ professional or business owner. Mentors listen, provide guidance, support, and create access to essential campus and community resources. Mentors also support scholars in maintaining their Latin@ identity and in recognizing their unique strengths and attributes. Avanzando fosters opportunities for Latina/Latino students to connect with each other and engage in research and community service.

The Avanzando Program is located in the
Division of Diversity, Access and Equity Office,
359 Administrative Center
 Marji Datwyler,
 Project Director, at





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Meet Our New Director: Dr. Clara Irazábal-Zurita  

Dr. Clara Irazábal is settling into her new roles as director of the
Latinx and Latin American Studies (LLAS) Program and professor of Urban Planning at the University of Missouri-Kansas City.  Read more about Dr. Irazábal on UMKC Today



Ninth Annual Agapito Mendoza Scholarship Breakfast

The Agapito Mendoza Scholarship Breakfast raises funds in honor of educator and activist Agapito Mendoza to help Latina/Latino students at UMKC achieve their educational goals.

Wednesday, April 26
Dr. Clara E. Irazabal-Zurita
Location: Pierson Auditorium, Atterbury Student Success Center

7:30 - 9:00 a.m.
Register here

Upcoming Events

April Luncheon

Date: April 26 (Wednesday)
Location: Haag Hall 204
Time: 11:30- 1 pm