Partnerships

Post-Doctoral Pipeline Program for STEM Faculty of Color

The LLAS 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
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.

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 builds 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 include on-campus events, student organizations and off-campus arts explorations.

Avanzando

Through the partnership with Avanzando, LLAS supports successful transitions of students into graduate school and/or career positions.
Implemented in August 2011, the Avanzando program is designed to support Hispanic Development Fund’s (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 CenterContact
Marji Datwyler Project Director, at datwylerm@umkc.edu
www.umkc.edu/diversity

LASO

Our program director, Dr. Clara Irazabal-Zurita, is the advisor for this student organization. Together with LASO, our program wants to provide new opportunities, mentorship and resources for Latinxs and non-Latinx students interested in Latinx and Latin American Studies.
LASO’s main goal is to build a community at UMKC and help students achieve their educational goals. LASO collaborates with LLAS in its mission to provide awareness of Latinx issues at UMKC.