Our mission is to promote diversity and inclusion as a critical factor for student, staff and faculty success.

Our Mission

Diversity is an important driver of excellence in higher education. Diversity and inclusion strategies also impact enrollment, retention and graduation strategies and rates. 

We are committed to fostering inclusive educational opportunities and an equitable community environment for all students, faculty, staff and stakeholders and to providing leadership to ensure that diversity is a vital component in all programs and decision-making processes in the areas of administration, academia and development across the UMKC campus.

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Meet Our Team

Makini L. King, Ph.D.

Interim Vice Chancellor and Director of Diversity and Inclusion Initiatives
Email: kingml@umkc.edu
Phone Number: 816-235-1727

Lona Davenport

Senior Diversity Program Coordinator
Email: davenportlm@umkc.edu
Phone Number: 816-235-6510

Yvonne Hood

Senior Executive Assistant
Email: yvonnehood@umkc.edu
Phone Number: 816-235-6728

Contact Us

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816-235-6728
800-735-2966 (TT)
800-735-2466 (Voice)

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5115 Oak St.
361 Administrative Center
Kansas City, MO 64110

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