University of Missouri - Kansas City
The University of Kansas City was chartered in 1929, and one year later, Kansas City businessman and philanthropist William Volker donated 40.8 acres to the university. In 1931, Volker acquired and donated the Dickey mansion, which would house the first library, classrooms, cafeteria and administrative offices. UKC’s first classes began in 1933 with 17 instructors and 265 students enrolled. In 1936, 80 students became UKC’s first graduating class. With the founding of the university, UKC and Kansas City leaders wasted no time expanding, constructing three new buildings in three years. The first building constructed specifically for the university, Mannheim Hall, was built in 1935, Newcomb Hall came one year later, designed to be the school’s library. Haag Hall was built in 1937.Academics expanded, too, as UKC partnered with area schools to add more divisions, programs and majors. In 1938, Kansas City School of Law merged with UKC to form the Law School, and in 1941, the Kansas City-Western Dental College, founded in 1881, joined UKC. Today, UMKC School of Dentistry is the only dental school in the state of Missouri.
They are Kansas City's university, founded by the community, sustained by the community, and dedicated to the community. Their vision is to become a model urban research university characterized by signature graduate and professional programs, a dynamic undergraduate population, a highly diverse faculty, staff and student body, and active engagement with its city and region. Their mission is to lead in life and health sciences, to deepen and expand strength in the visual and performing arts, to develop a professional workforce and collaborate in urban issues and education, and to create a vibrant learning and campus life experience. UMKC’s Division of Diversity and Inclusion provides organizational development consultation and dynamic programming that enriches the educational experiences of students, staff, faculty and community members. UMKC values diversity as central to its mission as an urban-serving research university and as a driver of excellence in teaching and learning. UMKC embraces a broad spectrum of diversities, including race, ethnicity, culture, nationality, gender, age, sexual orientation, disability, linguistic ability, learning style, religion, socioeconomic and veteran status, life experiences, educational level and family structure. The University of Missouri-Kansas City takes seriously its role as Kansas City’s university. That commitment is evident in the 2014 master plan, which envisions growth that benefits not only students and faculty but also the Kansas City and Missouri communities. Since the 2008 update to the master plan, extraordinary new buildings have transformed the campus landscape while winning honors for their aesthetics, innovative design and environmental sustainability. The construction projects described in the 2014 master plan will advance UMKC’s strategic plan while continuing this trajectory of excellence.
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