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Latinx and Latin American Studies Program

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Avanzando
Mission:
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
 Contact
 Marji Datwyler,
 Project Director, at datwylerm@umkc.edu
www.umkc.edu/diversity

 


 

 

 


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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

 

News

LLAS Minor student Drew Cox gets a Social Justice Scholars Award

Three UMKC students were presented with Social Justice Scholars Awards on April 27 after a day of presentations. Nineteen students presented work that highlighted campus commitment to social justice and student excellence. One was our LLAS Minor student Drew Cox!

The Social Justice Awards recognize UMKC students who have produced works of interdisciplinary scholarship and creativity within the scope of their general education curriculum that contribute to and demonstrate active commitment to promoting social justice on the UMKC campus and within the greater Kansas City community.

Drew CoxTearing Down Walls: Responding to Latino Health Care Disparities in the United States
Mentors: Clara Irazábal-Zurita, professor of Urban Planning, Director of the Latinx and Latin American Studies Program; and Rhiannon Dickerson, discourse coordinator and lecturer in the Department of Communication Studies.