The College Introduces New Department Focusing on Race, Ethnic and Gender Studies

The beginning of UMKC’s Fall semester also brings the start of a new department within the College of Arts and Sciences – Race, Ethnic, and Gender Studies (REGS). Chaired by Dr. Toya Like, the REGS department comprises three interdisciplinary programs from which students can currently declare a minor: Black Studies, Latinx and Latin American Studies, and Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies. A full Bachelor of Arts degree focusing on the intersectionality of race, ethnic, gender, and sexuality studies is in development for the Fall 2021 semester. With interdisplinarity at the forefront of its curriculum, College faculty from a broad range of disciplines have joined forces within the REGS department, offering students a diverse approach as they examine the complexities of studying Race, Ethnic and Gender Studies in today’s world. Find the list of REGS faculty below, and read more about the College of Arts and Science’s new REGS department here.

Dr. Brenda Bethman, Associate Teaching Professor and Director of the Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies program
Dr. Crystal Doss, Associate Teaching Professor in Department of English
Dr. Joseph Hartman, Assistant Professor in Art & Art History and Latinx & Latin American Studies
Dr. Clara Irazabul-Zurita, Professor of Planning in Department of Architecture, Urban Planning + Design, and Director of the Latinx and Latin American Studies program
Dr. Toya Like, Associate Professor in Department of Criminal Justice & Criminology and Interim Chair for Department of Race, Ethnic and Gender Studies
Dr. Linda Mitchell, Professor of History & Martha Jane Phillips Starr Missouri Distinguished Endowed Professor of Women’s and Gender Studies
Dr. Teresa Torres, Associate Professor in Department of Latinx and Latin American Studie