Why I love Communiversity

U-News Staff

If you have ever wanted to know how to research family history, or take an art class without deadlines, or learn how to swing dance or relax with yoga, a Communiversity class is a great solution.

What is Communiversity exactly?

Communiversity is a small community university that offers a set of classes throughout Kansas City to UMKC students for free.

These classes are taught by individuals in the respective categories of a particular interest. There are many classes within each subject, including Art of Clay, Salsa Dancing, Beginning Jazz Guitar, Annuities and Retirement, Basics of Résumé and Cover Letter Writing, First Time Home Buyer Seminar, Creole Made Easy, and Gentle Yoga for Beginners.

Bethany Jordan, a senior Studio Arts major, has taken two Communiversity classes.

“I think [Communiversity] is a great thing,” she said. “It gives a chance for people to share knowledge and talents with the rest of the community, and gives the community a chance to pick up new skills typically at a low cost in a fun and laid back environment.”

One was with Rebecca Koop, a Kansas City Art Institute graduate in ceramics.

The classes offered by Communiversity are a great way for people to get involved in things in which they might not normally get involved. Students can explore Kansas City while learning something new.

While these classes are free to UMKC students, they are available to the entire community at very low costs, some as low as $5 per class.

The classes are very relaxed in that individuals can learn at their own speed without the stress due to homework and deadlines.

I will be taking the class on genealogy in order to take a closer look at my family’s history and see who I might be related to.

This class is a one-session class from 1 to 2 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 5 at the Kansas City Public Library Plaza Branch.

There is virtually a Communiversity class for every individual, no matter what your interests are.

So, if you’re looking to expand your knowledge in some way or just want to try something new, you should look into taking a Communiversity class.

Look at classes and register for them online at www.umkc.edu/commu/.

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