Barker named inaugural Vice Chancellor for Diversity and Inclusion
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Marco Barker is the University of Nebraska–Lincoln’s inaugural vice chancellor for diversity and inclusion. He will also hold an associate professor of practice appointment in educational administration. He will join the campus on April 1.
“Our search committee did an outstanding job, and I want to thank Professor Kwame Dawes for his leadership,” Chancellor Ronnie Green said. “Dr. Barker is going to do great things at the university. I’m excited for him to join our team and be a member of the chancellor's cabinet.”
Barker comes to Nebraska having served in diversity leadership roles at Westminster College, the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and Louisiana State University. In his current position at Westminster College in Salt Lake City, he created a diversity infrastructure for one of Utah’s most diverse institutions of higher education. He was the inaugural associate vice president for diversity, equity and inclusion and the college’s chief diversity officer. His many initiatives focused on strengthening diversity and inclusion programming and capacity for change, coordinating inclusive excellence efforts, building community relations with affinity groups and agencies, and leading diversity strategic planning. Prior to his role at Westminster, Barker was senior director for education, operation and initiatives for diversity and multicultural affairs and clinical professor of education at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. At Louisiana State University, he was director of educational equity and assistant to the vice provost.