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Makini L. King, Ph.D., she, her, hers

Interim Vice Chancellor for the Division of Diversity and Inclusion

Director of Diversity and Inclusion Initiatives
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Makini L. King PhD is a licensed counseling psychologist who currently serves as the Director of Diversity and Inclusion Initiatives. King attended Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia where she earned her B.A., with a Psychology major and Spanish minor. She attended the University of Missouri- Kansas City where she received her M.A. and Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology. After completing a post-doctoral fellowship at the Kansas City Veterans Health Administration, she worked as a behavioral health consultant at the Kansas City Care Clinic. King has taught courses for the Counseling Psychology Department at UMKC and has provided clinical supervision for students. She has presented on and published articles and chapters on topics related to diversity in secondary and higher education, and social media. King sees clients part-time in private practice and currently serves on the boards for EDCKC and CCED.  Dr. King is a member of the Kansas City Urban Neighborhood Initiative.

  • Recipient of the 2021 Living the Values Award at UMKC


Yvonne Hood

Yvonne Hood

Senior Executive Assistant
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Mrs. Yvonne Acevedo Hood has over twenty years of Administrative Assistant experience. Prior to joining the Division of Diversity and Inclusion she was an Administrative Assistant for the Experiential Education program at the School of Pharmacy at the University of Kansas and a Senior Administrative Assistant for the Pharmacology and Toxicology Department at the School of Pharmacy at UMKC. She has also worked as a Customer Service Representative for Bank of America in Kansas City, Missouri and an Administrative Assistant and Human Resources Recruiter for Allen Press Printing Company in Lawrence, Kansas.

  • Recipient of the 2012 Outstanding Service and Support Award from the Society on Neuro-Immune Pharmacology
  • Recipient of the 2012 UMKC Celebrating Excellence Student Affairs Student Mentor Staff Award
  • Recipient of the 2011 UMKC School of Pharmacy Student Mentor Staff Award


She is an Alumni of UMKC receiving her degree in Liberal Arts through joining the PACE program at UMKC while also working full-time for the University.  Hood was raised in Rio Grande, Puerto Rico and this is where she graduated High School. She attended the Universidad InterAmericana de Puerto Rico before moving to Olathe, Kansas.  Hood is bilingual in Spanish and English.  She loves helping and mentoring students and is very happy to be part of a great team that is working to achieve the vision of a diverse, equitable, and inclusive university environment.



Lona Davenport, MA

Senior Diversity Program Coordinator, she, her, hers
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Lona Davenport serves as the Senior Diversity Program Coordinator within the Division of Diversity and Inclusion, supervising the Diversity Ambassador Student Peer Educator Program, coordinating and facilitating diversity trainings for students, staff, and faculty, and coordinating events and initiatives in collaborative efforts between the Division of Diversity and Inclusion with campus and community partners. She also serves in the roles of a certified Green Dot Trainer and Intercultural Development Inventory Qualified Administrator.

Davenport attended the University of Iowa where she earned a B.B.A. in Management, International Business Certificate, Minors in German and International Studies, and a M.A. in Counseling, Rehabilitation, and Student Development with an emphasis in Student Development in Post-Secondary Education. Davenport has worked at Iowa State University, as an instructor for ISU’s College of Education, Bystander Intervention Trainer, Student Org Advisor, and Residence Hall Director.  During this time, she also served as a state-certified Advocate and Shelter Counselor for the local assault care center.