Embedding a Culture of Care through a Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Lens

OCTOBER 28, 2021 | 9:50-10:20

Presented By:

Dr. Kristi Holsinger, Doug Swink, Dr. Makini King, Keichanda Dees-Burnett, Todd Wells

Session Description:

Learn about the exiting changes the University of Missouri – Kansas City (UMKC) is implementing to embed a “Culture of Care” in all aspects of the campus that center around Student Success. As a part of this work, a university team was created in Fall 2020 called STAT (Student Success Action Team). The STAT Team’s primary mission is to improve the rates at which the university enrolls, retains, and graduates students of color.

As a part of these efforts, UMKC joined the Post-Secondary Equity Network through Saint Louis Graduates and recently received a Missouri Scholarship and Loan Foundation Equity Grant to jumpstart this important work with students, faculty and staff. As mentioned, the grant will provide support for Minority Male Initiatives, Equity Mindedness Workshops as well as Faculty Inclusive Curriculum Seminars. Additionally, the University created Roos Advocate for Community Change (RACC), an effort to lead thoughtful action on campus and in our community to ensure lasting and comprehensive change toward equity and inclusion through deliberate engagement and partnerships with campus students, faculty and staff, alumni, trustees, volunteers and community advisory boards.

This presentation will focus on the work being done to strategically implement change across the campus community students where they are by leveraging technology and to provide the support needed to bolster student success. New initiatives that will be showcased during the presentation include faculty led innovative curricular changes, the opening of the financial wellness center, the hiring a basic needs coordinator and the implementation of a new centralized academic advising model.


Dr. Kristi Holsinger

Senior Vice Provost for Student Success

Doug Swink

Assistant Vice Provost for Enrollment Management

Dr. Makini King

Interim Vice Chancellor of Diversity and Inclusion

Keichanda Dees-Burnett

Assistant Dean for Student Support & Director for the Office of Multicultural Student Affairs

Todd Wells

Assistant Dean of Students for Student Engagement & Director for the Office of Student Involvement