Oct 18, 2006    #157
Contact: Wandra Brooks Green

UMKC names Karen Dace Deputy Chancellor for Diversity, Access & Equity

The University of Missouri-Kansas City today announced that Karen Dace, Ph.D., has been named Deputy Chancellor for Diversity, Access and Equity. She will serve as a senior member of the Chancellor's leadership team responsible for developing new diversity initiatives and programs, as well as strengthening current ones; advising the Chancellor on diversity and equity matters; and fostering a welcoming and appreciative climate of diversity. Dace begins her official duties on Feb. 1, 2007.

Currently, Dace is Associate Vice President for Diversity at the University of Utah, Salt Lake City, Utah. While there, she has worked in the Ethnic Studies Program and African-American Studies. Beginning in 1990, Dace served as assistant professor and in 1997 as associate professor in the Department of Communication and Ethnic Studies Program. At UMKC, she will have a joint appointment as associate professor in the College of Arts and Sciences, Department of Communication Studies.

Dace collaborated with deans and faculty in the development of a successful, ongoing faculty recruitment and retention plan that has resulted in a significant increase in minority faculty.

“With her experience and expertise in the area of diversity and equity, Karen will be a wonderful addition to the UMKC community,” said Dr. Guy Bailey, UMKC chancellor. “As a member of the leadership team, Karen will have support from the highest level of University administration, who share in the commitment to diversity.”

In addition to Associate Vice President for Diversity, Dace was a key leader in the development of the Utah Opportunity Scholarship, now in its sixth year. These scholarships are offered to 20 minority students each year and cover the cost of resident tuition, fees and books for up to $5,000 annually for four years of attendance at the University of Utah. Recipients participate in a faculty mentor plan, as well as academic and social support programs. To renew the award each year, Utah Opportunity Scholars must maintain academic achievement and progress towards a bachelor’s degree.

University of Iowa, Iowa City, IA; Ph.D., Communication Studies, 1990
University of Illinois at Chicago, Chicago, Ill; M.A., Mass Communication, 1983
University of Illinois at Chicago, Chicago, Ill; B.A., Liberal Arts, 1981

To review Dace’s CV, see

The University of Missouri-Kansas City (UMKC), one of four University of Missouri campuses, is a public university serving more than 14,000 undergraduate, graduate and professional students. UMKC engages with the community and economy based on a three-part mission: visual and performing arts, health sciences, and urban affairs. # # #

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