UMKC leader first to interview for KU equity and diversity leadership position

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Makini King

A leader in the field of diversity and inclusion at the University of Missouri-Kansas City will be the first candidate to interview for a diversity and equity vice provost position at the University of Kansas.

Makini King will be the first of four candidates to participate in a public interview to lead KU’s Office of Diversity, Equity, Inclusion & Belonging. King will give a public presentation at 2:30 p.m Tuesday at the Kansas Union Big 12 Room.

King currently is the assistant vice chancellor for the Division of Diversity and Inclusion at UMKC, a position she has held since early 2021. King, who also is a licensed psychologist, works to ensure UMKC’s diversity efforts align with the university’s strategic plan and also works to develop strategic partnerships in the broader community. She’s been a member of UMKC’s diversity office since 2016.

King completed her undergraduate work at Emory University in Atlanta, and completed her master’s and doctoral degrees at UMKC.

Three other candidates are scheduled to give public presentations on the KU campus on Sept. 23, Sept. 28 and Oct. 3. KU has not yet announced the names of these candidates, but will do so prior to their presentations.

People who want to watch King’s presentation remotely can do so via Zoom at The passcode is 921666.


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