Civic Engagement

The Civic Engagement Project at the Institute for Human Development promotes inclusion and diversity by encouraging fuller community participation through volunteer service, board service, and seeking public office. We have a special focus on the development of women and student leaders.

"Madame President" Summer Day Camp

This week-long summer day is targeted toward girls ages 10-14, or grades 5 - 8 in the Kansas City metro area. Activities include games, talks, mentoring, and activities aimed at supporting girls as they reach adolescence and become confident, politically savvy young women.

"What's Next?" Series

The Civic Engagement project offers the "What’s Next?” class series during which women explore “What’s Next?” in their personal lives. Participants create a plan of action to become more involved in their community, or contributing more to the organizations in which they already serve. It is a wonderful journey as the groups attract talented, creative, and experienced women to guide the class.

Campaign School

This intensive program is a non-partisan, issue-neutral training program that provides the basic information and skill development needed for successful political campaigns. All are welcome, but the program is designed to be women-centric.

Certificate Program

Under development is a certification program open to UMKC students who desire a focused training in civic engagement. 

For more information on Civic Engagement activities:

Contact: Julie Warm, 816.235.5371 or visit: