Meet the Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Team

Marco Barker

Marco Barker, PhD

Associate Vice President for DEI and 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 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

Chris Davids, PhD

Faculty Fellow

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.


Maggie Burns

Lead Diversity Programs Coordinator

Maggie attended Boston University for three years and transferred to Westminster College in the fall of 2018. She is studying neuroscience with the intention of practicing medicine with a social advocacy spin. The past five summers, Maggie has volunteered with the Inclusion Center for Community and Justice, serving as a camp counselor and advisor for their annual Camp Anytown. She is continuing her work in social justice as the lead diversity programs coordinator for DEI at Westminster College. Her primary responsibility is planning and overseeing all DEI events, such as the MLK Celebration, as well as supporting the Strategic Planning and Steering Committees.


Sophia Cutrubus

Assistant to the Faculty Fellow

Sophia grew up in Ogden, Utah. She is a first-year student at Westminster, studying dance and biology. In her position as the assistant to Dr. Chris Davids, the faculty fellow of diversity, equity, and inclusion, she helps coordinate DEI programming across campus.


Kimberly Mendieta

Administrative Coordinator Intern

Kimberly is a Los Angeles native who is interested in aviation and politics. She is currently a first-year student studying aviation management at Westminster. Kimberly is multilingual and enjoys learning about different cultures. She is looking forward to working at the Office of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion this year.


Aaba Shadali

Program Coordinator Intern

Aaba is the program coordinator intern in the Office of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI), and is a first-year student studying neuroscience and pre-med at Westminster. Aaba is from Seattle, Washington but has lived in Salt Lake City, Utah, for four years. She is involved with Legacy Scholars, the Black Student Union, and the Maliheh Free Clinic. After graduation, Aaba intends to head to medical school and later join Doctors Beyond Borders.


Cathy Taylor

Communications Coordinator Intern

Cathy is the communications coordinator intern for the Office of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, and is currently a first-year student at Westminster studying communication and the arts. She was born in Ogden, and raised in Clinton, Utah. Previously, Cathy served as both a section editor and the senior editor of Syracuse High School's yearbook staff. Cathy was a TX correspondent at the Standard Examiner from 2016 to 2018, where she illustrated articles and wrote columns about current events and controversial issues.


Ebony Tyler

Lead Communications Coordinator

Ebony is a Utah native in her fourth year pursuing a customized degree in education and equity. Ebony is passionate about the work that she does in the DEI office and across campus in relation to diversity and inclusion. Outside of school and work, she is interested in activism, spoken word poetry, music, and spending time with the people close to her.


Lian Xue

Office Administrator

Lian was born in China and is currently a first-year student at Westminster, where she is majoring in finance and minoring in data science. She is also an administrative coordinator intern in the DEI office. Lian helps with accounting and placing orders for the office, and is very passionate about working with DEI.