Latina/Latino 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
Latina/Latino Studies (LLS) Program and professor of Urban Planning
at the University of Missouri-Kansas City.  Read more about Dr. Irazábal
on UMKC Today


LLS is now a partner of ElectFest '16

Click this link for more information about ElectFest '16. 


Upcoming Events

A Conversation with Cuban Musician Alberto Suárez

Date: Nov. 8
Speaker: Alberto Suárez, principal horn at the Kansas City Symphony
Location: 101 Katz Hall
Time: 12:30 - 1:30 pm

November Luncheon

Date: Nov. 30
Location: 204 Haag Hall
Time: 11:30 - 1:00 pm


Past Events

Building Bridges: Facing the Challenges of Polarization within Kansas City for Latinos and African Americans

Date: Oct 25
Speaker: Cris Medina, Enrique Chaurand, and Gwen Grant
Where: Kansas City Public Library, Central Library
Location: Helzberg Auditorium
Time: 6:30 - 8 pm