Latina/Latino 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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Champion for Workers Rights To Speak at Cesar Chavez Lecture

Baldemar Velasquez, president and founder of the Farm Labor Organizing Committee, AFL-CIO, will be the keynote speaker at the eighth annual Cesar Chavez Lecture at 6 p.m. Tuesday, April 7. The free lecture, "Chavez Legacy, Still Alive!" will be in Pierson Auditorium, Atterbury Student Success Center, 5000 Holmes St., Kansas City, Mo.

Velasquez is an internationally recognized leader in the farm worker and immigrant rights movements. After graduating from college — the first in his family to do so— he founded the Farm Labor Organizing Committee to address the injustices suffered by his family and other farm workers. Under his leadership, the organization has set international precedents in labor history, including being the first union to negotiate multiparty collective bargaining agreements and the first to represent H2A international workers until a labor agreement.

The annual Cesar Chavez Lecture commemorates the struggle for humane working conditions, dignity, equality and access to opportunity for everyone. Chavez's efforts to organize workers against unfair labor practices and unhealthy working conditions continue today.

The event is free and open to the public; however, registration is required. Free parking is available on the fifth and sixth levels of the Cherry Street Garage, 5000 Cherry St. For additional information, call 816-235-6704.