UMKC student government holds meeting in wake of events at MU

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- A day after University of Missouri System President Tim Wolfe stepped down, and Chancellor R. Bowen Lofton announced he will take a new position with the school, University of Missouri-Kansas City students met to talk about racial issues.

An undergraduate student representative explained the meeting was open to students only because they wanted them to feel free to voice their opinions.

UMKC is part of the University of Missouri system and only separated from Columbia by a little over 100 miles. As an urban campus they have some differences, but students said that doesn’t mean the events at MU on Monday didn’t resonate with them here.

“We have an administration that is open, encouraging and invested in the diversity of this campus, those issues are very well alive here in Kansas City and we want to continue to make not only UMKC more inclusive but the system more open for everyone,” Juan Betancourt, UMKC Chief Undergraduate Representative, said.

In his resignation, Wolfe said he didn’t do a good enough job of listening, and people weren’t talking enough to each other. UMKC Chancellor Leo Morton has planned three listening sessions, the first of which will be Wednesday morning at 9 a.m. at the Student Union. It’s also closed to the public.