Meet the Office of Diversity and Inclusion Team

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Marco Barker

Vice Chancellor for Diversity and Inclusion

Marco Barker has served as the inaugural vice chancellor for diversity and inclusion since April 1, 2019, and holds an appointment as associate professor of practice in education administration.

Barker previously served in diversity leadership roles at Westminster College, the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and Louisiana State University. In his most recent position at Westminster College, Barker was the inaugural associate vice president for diversity, equity and inclusion and the college's chief diversity officer. During his time at the Utah college, he created an infrastructure for one of the state's most diverse institutions of higher education.

Barker leads the Office of Diversity and Inclusion, which shapes the policies, protocols and practices needed to advance diversity, equity and inclusion across the university. He works toward fostering an inclusive, equitable and welcoming campus by collaborating with campus partners, allies and the local community.

Barker’s research and publications on higher education address doctoral and graduate education, cross-race mentoring and advising relationships, diversity, and leadership in higher education and often utilizes critical race theory and double consciousness as frameworks.

Full Marco Barker Bio 

Open Office Hours:

  • 4-6PM Third Monday of the month; Nebraska East Union, Room 301
  • 4-6PM Last Monday of the month; Canfield Administration South, 208


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Nkenge Friday

Assistant Vice Chancellor for Strategic Initiatives

Nkenge Friday a diversity and inclusion strategist with a background leading organizational-wide diversity and inclusion operations, serves as the Assistant Vice Chancellor for Strategic Initiatives in the Office of Diversity and Inclusion.

As the Assistant Vice Chancellor for Strategic Initiatives, Friday oversees the strategic planning and implementation of diversity strategy, communication, financial management, assessment and data analysis, initiatives and projects for the Office of Diversity and Inclusion.

Focusing her efforts on equity, inclusion, and diversity as an institutional wide strategy, Friday works to engage all constituents in understanding and supporting inclusive excellence through structured collaboration and community building. Her current research includes the impact of global nationalism on institutions of higher learning, the role of higher education for reconciliation in conflict ridden societies and leveraging diversity and inclusion for global leadership and learning.

Full Nkenge Friday Bio

Office of Diversity and Inclusion Staff

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Jerri Harner

Executive Assistant

Jerri Harner Bio
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Ernest Dupree III

Graduate Assistant

Ernest Dupree Bio
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Jessie Peter

Graduate Assistant