Whether you are a new student or a current student at UMKC, it can be shocking to learn that UMKC has 300 student organizations.

The variety of student organizations ranges from multicultural groups to recreation with many of them. A full list of UMKCs is available here.

Here is a small sample of student organizations that students should consider joining:

Multicultural

African Students Association (ASA)

ASA brings together African and non-African students in the community to promote cultural awareness of African culture and create a diverse network for UMKC students from different parts of the world.

Asian students in America (ASIA)

ASIA creates a welcoming and inclusive environment for Asian students and strives to increase the visibility and participation of Asian students.

Latinx Student Union (LSU)

LSU provides social, cultural, and academic support to Latinx students and the student body in general.

Muslim Students Association (MSA)

MSA responds to the needs of Muslim students on campus through events and group activities. MSA also provides resources to encourage collaboration and understanding between the Muslim and non-Muslim academic community.

Pride Alliance

The Pride Alliance provides a positive and caring environment for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, intersex, pansexual, asexual and allied communities within the UMKC. They also offer educational programs on LGBTQIA topics and advocate for fairness and respect for students, faculty and staff.

Recreational

K-ROO student radio

K-ROO Student Radio enriches the UMKC and Kansas City communities by providing information and entertainment through quality online radio programming, live events and other forms of community outreach.

UMKC robotics

UMKC Robotics provides an educational playground for students through the creation of robots and IOT (Internet of Things) devices.

Student Environmental Coalition (SEC)

SEC is an all-inclusive group open to UMKC students interested in conservation, sustainability, and environmental justice. Activities include environmental cleanups, natural and earth science field trips, and social events.

Politics

Governing Student Association (SGA)

SGA is the governing student organization of UMKC, shaping policy that affects the student body and overseeing other organizations.

Students for Justice

Students for Justice seeks to raise awareness of human rights and freedoms around the world.

University of Missouri Associate Students (ASUM)

ASUM is a student organization with chapters across the UM system that aims to make students a part of the legislative process at the state level.

Special interests

National Alliance Against Mental Illness (NAMI)

NAMI aims to build better lives for people affected by mental illness both within and outside the UMKC community. They also work to raise awareness and build a community of hope for those in need.

Roos Against Violence Everywhere (RAVE)

RAVE works in collaboration with the RISE (Resources, Intervention, Support and Education) office of the UMKC to strengthen the community response to gender-based and sexual violence. This group provides victim support, advocacy, training, education and outreach services to campus and to the community.

Association of Higher Education Students (HESA)

HESA caters to the needs of graduate students enrolled in or interested in higher education administration at UMKC. This includes providing professional and personal development opportunities, networking with other higher education student associations and assisting with career advancement.

Animal Rescue Society (ARS)

ARS helps various animal shelters in the Kansas City area and improves overall animal welfare.

Veteran Student Organization (SVO)

SVO provides resources, support and opportunities to veteran students and their families. They also participate in several community and university service projects throughout the school year.

Consulting with student organizations is a great way for students to get involved on campus, be challenged in their understanding of other fields and cultures, and develop a close-knit community of peers.

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