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Office of Community Engagement

Union Building 224
Warrensburg, MO 64093
Phone: 660.543.4156
Fax: 660.543.8613



The Office of Community Engagement encourage understanding and appreciation of all aspects of human diversity within the Central Missouri community and engages surrounding communities to collaboratively address social justice and community issues, as related to human diversity.

Description of Programs
(Programs are listed alphabetically by title)

Beyond Words:  Beyond Words is an annual program.  Participants, through simulated activities, experience current and past oppression and discrimination in a hope to further awareness and understanding of human diversity.

Black History Month Celebration:  You will experience an exhibit of rich history, culture, traditions, accents and distinctive food - these unique features come together to form the special qualities of African-American and their contributions helped to make America a multicultural nation.

Hispanic Heritage Month Celebration:  A celebration of Hispanic heritage - the 16th of September commemorates Mexican independence with the victory of the Mexicans over the French army at The Battle of Puebla in 1862.  We celebrate the Hispanic culture in the Metropolitan Kansas City area through food, dance, music and history. 

Community Coffee:  This event is held monthly and sponsored by various units at UCM, as an opportunity to network and share a cup of coffee.  Location and sponsor for each month varies.  If interested in sponsoring a coffee, contact the Office of Community Engagement.

Community Engagement Informal Networking Coffee:  These monthly coffees provide opportunity for Central and Warrensburg community members to network and share about issues, current events, and happenings that impact the inclusive community.

International Student Panel:  This monthly program features a panel of 4-5 international students sharing their culture and experience related to the monthly topic. Opportunity for participants to ask questions is provided.

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration:  Central's annual celebration occurs January 16-30, 2013.  The Central, Whiteman, Sedalia, Kansas City and Warrensburg communities pause to reflect on the work and impact of Dr. King, while renewing goals of respect and dignity toward one another.  Programs include the Freedom Scholarship Dinner (tickets must be purchased in advance), a gospel concert, a Warrensburg community ecumenical service, and more.  For more information, please click here

Politics and Social Justice Week:  Started in 2002, this week of programming examines social justice issues,  related to law in our country.  Controversial issues are examined during this week, and are planned by student organizations and presented by faculty, students, and staff. For more information about Politics and Social Justice Week, click here

Unity Week:  Started in 1996, this annual event promotes community unity.  Several student organizations plan the week, aimed at promoting partnerships among and between community members.  A variety of programs will be provided--with something for everyone. 

Dave Helling from the Kansas City Star

Dave Helling of the Kansas City Star presented during Unity Week 2010

Unity Week 2010

Unity Week 2010 Open Mic Night

Unity Week 2010