Meet Our Students

Communication Studies students at UMKC come from all over the world and explore diverse interests. Get to know our students, and learn what our programs are all about.


Bachelor of Arts in Communications Studies | 2019

Communication Studies Student, Jada Chavis

Where is UMKC taking you?

UMKC is taking me to another level. It has opened my eyes to our diverse world, and I am learning about new people, their cultures and how to appreciate them. Because of everything I’m learning at UMKC, my friends and I were able to start our own independent film company, so I can step up and fill any of the roles needed.

Why did you choose UMKC?

I am from St. Louis, and I liked the distance from home. I also liked that UMKC is in a city and not just a college town, and that the students are so diverse and everyone is so friendly. I have family who live in the area, and they highly recommended it.

What got you into your field of study?

I have a voice, and I’m here to create change. The news is full of negativity, and I feel like the media has the power to influence the world. My goal is to use the arts to get in and be able to create more positivity in the world using media.

What are your lifelong goals?

The vision for our film company encompasses my lifelong goals: “To enlighten our generation, empower the people and entertain the world.” I want to help bring arts back into the schools and provide an alternative outlet to avoid violence.

What excites you?

New things, discoveries, people and their ideas. Imagination is really important to me, and the arts are my life. I think it’s so important to be yourself – show it, be it.

What’s the best piece of advice you have ever received from a professor?

Do not be afraid to ask questions.

Do you have any advice for future UMKC students?

Step out of what you’re used to. Try new things, meet new people and, if you fall, you will get right back up.


Communications Studies (nterpersonal and Public Communication Emphasis) | 2018

Denton Williams wants to make higher education his career

Why did you choose UMKC?

My best friend from high school (in Richmond, Missouri) went here. I visited other colleges, and they didn’t feel right. UMKC felt like home. I can’t see myself having gone anywhere else.

What’s one word that best describes you?

Outgoing. I love talking to other students and forming connections. I work in admissions as an orientation leader and I absolutely love meeting all the incoming students and hearing about what they’re excited or nervous for, and being a familiar and friendly face for them throughout the year.

Since entering college, what have you learned about yourself?

I’m from a small, mostly white, rural community. UMKC has totally opened my mind and let me see the world in a brand new light.