Vice Chancellor for Diversity and Inclusion, University of Nebraska–Lincoln
Marco Barker has served as the inaugural vice chancellor for diversity and inclusion at the University of Nebraska–Lincoln 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.
Barker leads the UNL 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, MBA from Webster University, and doctoral degree in educational leadership and research from Louisiana State University.