Marco Barker, PhD
Associate Vice President for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion
Chief Diversity Officer
Dr. Barker oversees the Office of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) and serves as the chief diversity officer for Westminster College. In his role, he provides direct supervision of DEI and provides leadership on Westminster’s strategy for bolstering diversity, advancing equity, and enhancing inclusion across the institution. Dr. Barker’s research, publications, and consultations address cross-race mentoring and advising relationships, doctoral education, diversity, and leadership in higher education. He earned his undergraduate degree in industrial engineering from the University of Arkansas, his MBA from Webster University, and his PhD in educational leadership and research from Louisiana State University. He currently serves as co-chair of the human resource committee of the National Conference on Race and Ethnicity in Higher Education’s National Advisory Council, a board member of the University of Arkansas’s Black Alumni Association, and as a lifetime member of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity Incorporated.
Chris Davids, PhD
Faculty Fellow for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion
Dr. Davids currently serves as faculty fellow for diversity, equity, and inclusion—a joint appointment with the Office of the Provost and DEI. As faculty fellow for DEI, Dr. Davids develops and coordinates campus-wide diversity education opportunities for Westminster, in addition to supporting special programs within DEI, such as the Bastian Lecture Series. He previously served on the Westminster College Diversity Council and is a current member of the Bias Response Team. Locally, Dr. Davids is on the board of the Affirmative Therapist Guild of Utah; nationally, he is on the board of the Society of the Psychological Study for Sexual Orientation and Gender Diversity. In addition to teaching in the psychology department and providing therapy services in his private practice, Dr. Davids is a published feminist-multicultural researcher in the areas of sexual objectification, body image, sexuality, and gender. He received his MA in counseling and guidance and his PhD in counseling psychology from the University of Missouri-Kansas City.