Marco Barker

Vice Chancellor Diversity and Inclusion

University of Nebraska-Lincoln • ADMS 104 • Lincoln NE, 68588-0420 •

Marco Barker portrait

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.

Barker is a certified qualified administrator for the Intercultural Development Inventory. He earned his bachelor's degree in industrial engineering from the University of Arkansas, Master of Business Administration from Webster University and doctoral degree in educational leadership and research from Louisiana State University. 

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