Meet Our Students

Criminal Justice and Criminology students at UMKC come together from all over the country. Get to know our students and you’ll know what our programs are all about.

Toya Like and student Madeline

Associate Professor Toya Like, left, and Madeline Warren enjoy their ongoing mentoring relationship and friendship.

I admire Dr. Like’s passion for research. When she speaks about her research, her excitement and momentum are contagious. She is thoughtful and takes others into consideration when she is delivering information.”

Read more about this Dynamic Duo.

Klassie Alcine: Putting political experience to work

Klassie Alcine, smiling while holding Kasey Roo

Klassie Alcine received her Bachelors of Arts in Political Science and Criminal Justice and Criminology from the College of Arts and Sciences in 2009 and her Master of Public Administration from the Henry W. Bloch School of Management in 2011. She is currently the Director of Community Engagement at Goodwill of Western Missouri and Eastern Kansas.

Why did you choose UMKC?

During high school, I visited 10 colleges, both in-state and out-of-state. I was looking for a college with small class sizes and world-class professors. I wanted to have a full-circle experience in education, culture, diversity and internship opportunities.

Were you the first person in your family to attend college?

No, however, I am a second-generation Haitian-American, and I am so honored to be an Afro-Latina. UMKC welcomes diversity and provides a fantastic multicultural office to help students feel accepted and supported. UMKC is here to help you through your life journey. Whatever fear you have – know that you are good enough.

How did UMKC help you reach your current position?

UMKC taught me how to learn and use all of the “tools in my toolbox.” Every class taught me know to understand complex issues, create partnerships, think critically and interact productively.

Sociology and CJC's Rakeem Golden laughing in the student unionRakeem wants to be a voice for other individuals and help organizations and people work to take the step from education to implementation.

“I got a scholarship and was comfortable here. It’s a nice environment on campus. Upperclassmen help out younger classmen.”

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Shannon Berry poses for a photoShannon Berry was drawn to UMKC because of the campus’s unique feel and all the activities and volunteer opportunities for students.

“My program at UMKC has inspired me to get more involved with people from the community and make a positive impact on their life.”

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