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Latinx and Latin American Studies Program

“Once social change begins, it cannot be reversed. You cannot uneducate the person who has learned to read. You cannot humiliate the person who feels pride. You cannot oppress the people who are not afraid anymore. We have seen the future, and the future is ours.”

—Cesar Chavez

Current Projects

The LLS program is involved in one of the 7 projects winning final approval and funding in the first year of the Provost's Strategic Funding Initiative

Post-Doctoral Pipeline Program for STEM Faculty of Color

Developed by the College of Arts and Sciences; the School of Biological Sciences; the School of Computing and Engineering; the School of Graduate Studies; the Black Studies Program and the Latino/Latina Studies Program.

This is a two-year pilot pipeline program designed to add diversity to the faculty and leadership positions in the STEM disciplines. A cohort of three post-doctoral research fellows, selected via a national search, will be actively mentored by senior faculty and supported by programming offered through the Black Studies and Latino/Latina Studies programs. Fellows will engage in research and teaching activities in the natural and physical sciences divisions of the College of Arts and Sciences; the School of Biological Sciences; and the School of Computing and Engineering; and complete a graduate certificate in College Teaching and Career Preparation through the School of Graduate Studies.

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Women in Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Math (STEAM) Initiative

Developed by the College of Arts and Sciences; the School of Computing and Engineering; the School of Biological Sciences and the Division of Student Affairs and Enrollment Management.

The program will build on previous collaborative efforts to support women in STEM fields at UMKC, with the addition of an arts focus. The initiative is based on findings that female students develop spatial abilities differently than males, and because arts already have a high female representation, bringing the arts into STEM initiatives fosters that connection for female students. Activities will include on-campus events, student organizations and off-campus arts exploration.