Chancellor's Diversity Council

We are dedicated to cultivating an environment of civility and respect; providing a diverse learning environment; recruiting and retaining a diverse campus community; and promoting collective ownership of diversity initiatives across the campus.

Diversity at all levels is critical to UMKC’s mission of providing an environment defined by the belief that a multiplicity of values and beliefs, interests and experiences and intellectual and cultural viewpoints enrich learning and inform scholarship. Respect for the culture that makes UMKC a dynamic teaching, research and service environment is a basic institutional value. The Diversity Council reaches across the institution to promote access, respect, inclusiveness and community in all of UMKC’s working and learning environments.

View the UMKC Inclusive Excellence Plan

Council Members

  • J. Camille Hall, Vice Chancellor, Division of Diversity and Inclusion
  • Richard Bigham, School of Dentistry
  • Sally Ellis Fletcher, School of Nursing and Health Studies
  • Maqual Graham, School of Pharmacy
  • Nancy Hoover, School of Graduate Studies
  • Caitlin Horsmon, College of Arts and Sciences
  • Jake Marszalek, School of Education
  • Aidan Soder,  Conservatory
  • Tyler Smith, School of Medicine
  • Mikah Thompson, School of Law
  • Omiunota Ukpokodu, School of Education
  • Jocelyn Evans, Bloch School
  • Jacob Lazzo, Title IX/Affirmative Action
  • Arzi Umali, The Women's Center
  • Joe Constantino, External Relations and Constituent Engagement
  • Makini King, Division of Diversity and Inclusion
  • Lona Davenport, Division of Diversity and Inclusion
  • Keichanda Dees-Burnett, Multicultural Student Affairs
  • Tracey Hughes, Libraries
  • Kimberly Johnson, Multicultural Student Affairs 
  • Scott Laurent,Student Disability Services 
  • Andre Logan, Office of the Chancellor
  • Alia Krzyzanowski, Human Resources
  • Doug Swink, Enrollment Management
  • Elora Thomas, Admissions
  • Tammy Welchert, Roo Student Success
  • Kimali West, Strategic Marketing and Communications
  • Karen King, Staff Council
  • John Cottrell, Health Sciences Diversity and Inclusion Council
  • Tim Nguyen, Student Body President
  • Adriana Paez, Student Rep
  • Matthew Edwards, Disability Alliance
  • Teresa Torres, Mi Gente
  • Toya Like, Black and Roo Faculty/Staff Association
  • Alicen Lundgren, Antiracism White Allies and Advocates
  • Michelle Smirnova, Antiracism White Allies and Advocates
  • Jen Santee, LGBTQIA Faculty/Staff Association
  • J.D. Rios, Hispanic Advisory Board
  • Tim Degnan, LGBTQIA Council