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Susan B. Wilson, Ph.D.

Vice Chancellor
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Susan B. Wilson PhD MBA is a licensed clinical psychologist with a multifaceted career in education, healthcare administration, consulting, clinical and media work. Wilson currently serves as the Vice Chancellor of the Division of Diversity and Inclusion. In this chief diversity officer role, she leads a diversity organizational development strategy including diversity and inclusion assessment, planning and initiatives for students, faculty, and staff and community.

Wilson has over twenty years of diversity-related experience. She previously served as Associate Dean for Diversity and Community Partnership at UMKC School of Medicine. For the American Association of Medical Colleges (AAMC), Wilson was the Central Region’s representative for the Group on Diversity and Inclusion (GDI). She also developed a diversity training program for mid and upper management for the Central Region of the Federal Aviation Administration.  During a time of racial tension, she was   a consultant to four local school district superintendents to assess the diversity climate and offer training and recommendations.  Wilson has also provided training and diversity consultation to many business and government organizations, and served on the Mayor’s Human Rights Commission.

Wilson attended the University of Pittsburgh, where she earned a B.S., M.S. and Ph.D. in clinical psychology and an M.B.A. from the Bloch School of Business at UMKC. Wilson has held leadership positions in several notable health and behavioral healthcare organizations in the Kansas City area, including Swope Health Services and St. Luke’s Health System. She has also served as a consulting psychologist to the National Football League and the Kansas City Chiefs and a host and contributor of a diversity-related radio magazine show for KCUR 89.3 FM, the Kansas City affiliate of NPR.

Wilson has contributed her time and skills to numerous civic and community endeavors, including Jackson County COMBAT Commission, Missouri Department of Mental Health Cultural Competency Committee, and the Statewide African American Mental Health Taskforce.  She is a former member of the Healthcare Foundation of Greater Kansas City and is Chair of the Prime Health Board. She also serves on the Kansas City Crime Commission.

Wilson is a member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., and the Links, Inc., both public service organizations.

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Executive Assistant
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Danielle Martinez currently serves as the Executive Assistant in the Division of Diversity and Inclusion where she manages day-to-day operations of the office, helps coordinate programming and logistics for divisional events/lectures and helps plan and schedule meetings and appointments, serves on various diversity related committees among many other duties. Martinez has ten years of retail management experience that includes human resources, office management, and diversity advocacy.  She also spent time at a financial institution where she enjoyed coaching individuals, particularly young families, on how to balance personal budgets as well as credit building/rebuilding.

Martinez earned a Bachelor of Art in Sociology from the University of Kansas in 2013, where she focused her studies on family, gender and sexuality, as well as race, ethnic, and cultural relations. Her experience coupled with her education and own unique diversity story bring an important perspective to the work of the division.  She has  served as chair for the Women of Color Leadership Conference for the 2015-2018 Conferences.  In 2018, Martinez was the recipient of the UMKC Staff Council Dedication Award.

Martinez grew up in rural Kansas but split most of her time between Topeka and Lawrence, KS. In late 2008, she decided that Kansas City was where she wanted to call home. In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with her family, volunteering, reading, social justice advocacy and experiencing all that this great city has to offer.

king-makini-2Makini L. King, Ph.D.

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 and provides leadership to diversity programs and initiatives as outlined in the UMKC Diversity Strategic Plan.

King attended Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia where she earned her B.A., with a Psychology major and Spanish minor. She later earned her M.A. and Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology at the University of Missouri- Kansas City. 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 where she was also co-creator and director of their dietary management program. She continues to provide clinical consultation at the KC Care Clinic. King also teaches adjunct for the Counseling Psychology Department at UMKC and provides clinical supervision for their students. Over the years she has presented on and published articles and chapters on topics related to diversity in secondary and higher education and social media.

King grew up in Kansas City, Missouri before leaving for upstate New York for high school and returned to her home town after college. She enjoys spending time with her family and friends, reading, traveling, watching movies, eating good (nutritious) food and working out.

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Diversity Program Coordinator

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Lona Davenport currently serves as the Diversity Program Coordinator within the Division of Diversity and Inclusion and coordinates and facilitates diversity programs and initiatives in collaborative efforts between the Division of Diversity and Inclusion with campus and community partners.

Davenport attended the University of Iowa where she earned a B.B.A. in Management, an International Business Certificate, and a M.A. in Counseling, Rehabilitation, and Student Development with an emphasis in Student Development in Post-Secondary Education. Over six years at Iowa State University, Davenport served as a Residence Hall Director, Student Organization Advisor, Active Bystander Intervention Trainer, and Instructor. She also volunteered as a state certified Advocate and Shelter Counselor for the local assault care center, as well as a Search and Rescue Technician II for the National Association of Search and Rescue.

Davenport grew up in Charles City, Iowa. Her hobbies include being a restless learner, skill acquisition, motorcycle riding and maintenance, dog training, long distance running, podcasts, and reading. Her StrengthsQuest talents are: Context, Restorative, Input, Strategic, Empathy.