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News from Staff Council

February 2021

Last call for Professional Development Conference proposals

Only a few days left to submit your proposal for the 2021 Staff Conference for Professional Development! Send your idea by this Friday, Feb. 26 to be considered!
All UMKC staff are invited to submit their proposals for a one-hour presentation (including Q&A) on one of these key topics:
  • Team Building
  • Connection
  • Collaboration
  • Resilience
  • Well being
  • Diversity and Inclusion
  • New Communication technology
Submit your proposal
The Staff Council Professional Development Conference will be held virtually on Thursday, May 21. The theme of this year's conference is “Hindsight is 20/20: The Lessons We Learned and the Community We Gained." For more details, visit the Staff Council website
Various Bitmojis of UMKC staff drinking coffee, lounging, reading, and hanging out

Introducing the Virtual Staff Lounge!

You're invited to join UMKC’s brand new Virtual Staff Lounge, an evolving space created by UMKC staff for UMKC staff.
In the Staff Lounge, you can share motivational thoughts, engage with posts and pictures from fellow Roos and get updates on resources and upcoming events. Check out this video to learn more about how the space works.
We’d also love to feature your Bitmoji in the Staff Lounge! Please click on the “contact us” button in the Virtual Staff Lounge to receive instructions on creating, downloading and sending your personal emoji.

Staff Spotlights

Meet Darian Johnson Potts

Academic advisor, School of Computing and Engineering
Why do you choose to work at UMKC?
I enjoy the students that I get to interact with. I like being a resource and being able to assist them with the completion of their academic goals. It’s wonderful to watch their growth and transformation, not only as students, but as human beings.
Tell us about an accomplishment you are proud of.
I ran my first marathon in 2017. It was an exciting experience, but also frightening. I loved being able to see parts of Kansas City that I don’t get to see every day. A lot of my family and friends were there to support me, and for many of them that was the first race of mine that they’d ever been to. To this day it’s probably the accomplishment I’m most proud of. It was a lot endure physically, but I think it was even more so mentally and emotionally.
What is your dream vacation destination?
I don’t know the actual destination yet. I’d like to one day trace my family lineage. I think it’d be an amazing experience to spend 5-7 days travelling and learning about the history and culture of my ancestors.
Photo of Jamisha Cooper
Photo of Blair Lucy

Congratulations to our Fall 2020 Staff Council scholarship recipients!

Jamisha Cooper
Student Recruitment Specialist Senior,
School of Nursing and Health Studies
Degree: MBA

Blair Lucy
Academic Advisor, 
Applied Language Institute
Degree: MBA

Applications now open for Spring 2021 scholarships
Funding is available for any full-time staff member taking classes at UMKC. Applications are due by Wednesday, March 31. 


Celebrating Black staff
Check out profiles on some of our fellow staff members: Keichanda Dees-Burnett, Obie Austin, and Sally Ellis Fletcher.

Kansas City's first
Learn more about the revitalization of the Wheatley-Provident Hospital, the first in Kansas City to serve African-American children. Watch the video.

Eight Days in April
University Libraries presents a digital exhibit tells the story of Kansas City in the eight days surrounding the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. in April 1968. See it here.


Feb. 26 – Proposals for Professional Development Conference due
March 31 – Staff Council scholarship applications due
March 31 – Last day to donate to the Summit League Food Fight Challenge benefiting the Kangaroo Pantry
May 21  Staff Council Professional Development Conference
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