Congratulations to Marco Barker, associate vice president and chief diversity officer at Westminster College. He was named one of Utah Business’ 2018 Forty Under 40 honorees.
As a young, black man growing up in rural Arkansas, Marco Barker’s life was transformed by going to college. His experience in gaining critical thinking skills and understanding people with vastly different backgrounds from his own made him want to help others get that same life-changing opportunity. An engineering degree, MBA and PhD later, Barker has built a career as an education administrator and diversity professional.
At Westminster College, Barker has helped the college develop its diversity statement and expand its connections in the community, hosting the statewide Expect the Great conference presented by USHE and supported by state, public and private institutions.
“I enjoy identifying ways to connect people; assisting individuals in better understanding diversity, inclusion and the power of embracing differences; building teams and leaders; and developing strategies for transforming environments and cultures to be more welcoming of, responsive to, and reflective of diverse perspectives and individuals,” he says.
CAUSE HE’S PASSIONATE ABOUT: “I am most passionate about youth development and engagement with communities and populations underrepresented in colleges and universities, in leadership roles, and public service at the highest levels. Giving greater attention to this parity is where inclusion becomes a priority and has become my life’s work.”