Dr. Marco Barker - Vice Chancellor of Diversity and Inclusion

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Marco Barker Vice Chancellor Diversity and Inclusion

Ph. D., Educational Leadership and Research, Louisiana State University
M.B.A., Webster University
B.S.I.E., Industrial Engineering, University of Arkansas

Marco Barker has served as the inaugural vice chancellor for diversity and inclusion since April 1, 2019, and holds an appointment as associate professor of practice in education administration.

Barker previously served in diversity leadership roles at Westminster College, the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and Louisiana State University. In his most recent position at Westminster College, Barker was the inaugural associate vice president for diversity, equity and inclusion and the college's chief diversity officer. During his time at the Utah college, he created an infrastructure for one of the state's most diverse institutions of higher education.

Barker leads the Office of Diversity and Inclusion, which shapes the policies, protocols and practices needed to advance diversity, equity and inclusion across the university. He works toward fostering an inclusive, equitable and welcoming campus by collaborating with campus partners, allies and the local community.

Barker’s research and publications on higher education address doctoral and graduate education, cross-race mentoring and advising relationships, diversity, and leadership in higher education and often utilizes critical race theory and double consciousness as frameworks. He teaches EDAD 836: Leadership Management and Supervision in Student Affairs for the department.

Areas of Expertise

  • Cross-race advising
  • Doctoral and graduate education
  • Racial Identity
  • Diversity and leadership in higher education

Professional Highlights

Honors and Recognition
2018, Leadership Utah Class 2018, Utah Business Forty Under 40 2016, Goodmon Fellow, Leadership Triangle Regional Leadership Program2015, Black Male Appreciation Award by UNC Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Incorporated2006-2010, University Council for Educational Administration Barbara L. Jackson Scholar
2019-Present, Vice Chancellor for Diversity and Inclusion, University of Nebraska-Lincoln2016-2019, Associate Vice President for Diversity, Equity & Inclusion (Chief Diversity Officer), Westminster College2012-2016, Senior Director for Education, Operations, and Initiatives, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill2006-2012, Director of Educational Equity & Assistant to the Vice Provost, Louisiana State University
NCAA Board of Governors’ Committee to Promote Cultural Diversity and EquityCity of Lincoln Lincoln-Lancaster County 2050 Comprehensive Plan CommitteeLincoln Community Foundation BoardUniversity of Arkansas Black Alumni Society Board