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 Arkansa’s Black Alumni Association, and as a lifetime member of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity Incorporated.
Tamara Stevenson, PhD
Faculty Fellow for Diversity and Inclusion
Assistant Professor, Communications
Dr. Stevenson is currently serving as a faculty fellow for diversity and inclusion—a joint appointment with the Office of the Provost and the Office of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion. As a faculty fellow in DEI, Dr. Stevenson develops and coordinates campus-wide diversity education opportunities for Westminster, in addition to supporting special programs within DEI. Her projects have included coordinating the Bastian Diversity Lecture Series and the annual MLK Celebration. Her scholarly interests focus on the intersecting roles of race, gender, and class impacting participation in higher education, issues of access and marginalization relating to faculty and curricular diversity, and the function of communication in teaching and learning. A proud Michiganian, Dr. Stevenson earned her BA and MA from Wayne State University, and her EdD from Eastern Michigan University.