Pittsburgh native Susan Wilson named chief diversity officer at UMKC

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Kansas City, Mo.—The University of Missouri-Kansas City recently announced the appointment of Pittsburgh native Susan Wilson, PhD., as the vice chancellor for the division of Diversity and Inclusion. She will serve as a member of the chancellor’s leadership team.

Wilson began her duties on April 17.Wilson grew up in Upper Hill District in the former Robinson Court, part of Pittsburgh’s Terrace Village Housing projects. She attended H.C. Frick School and graduated from Schenley High School. She later attended the University of Pittsburgh through the then University Community Education Program, graduating with honors. A mentee of Jerome Taylor, PhD, Wilson achieved her life-long dream of becoming a clinical psychologist in 1985.

As the chief diversity officer for the university, Wilson’s division is responsible for oversight and implementation of UMKC’s strategic diversity plan. The plan includes initiatives to enhance access and the institutional climate, increase diversity awareness, and engage diverse groups in both the campus and the broader community. She is also charged with advising the Chancellor on matters of diversity, while leading the Chancellor’s Diversity Council.

“Susan’s expertise in the area of diversity, her established relationships with the Kansas City community, and her familiarity with UMKC will allow her to move effortlessly into the position of Vice Chancellor for Diversity and Inclusion,” said Chancellor Leo E. Morton. “She can continue to promote our efforts of embracing diversity as one of the primary goals of our strategic plan, of creating an inclusive campus and of ensuring that everyone in the UMKC community understands that ‘Diversity includes me’.”

“Diversity includes everyone and is essential to the mission of an urban-serving university,” said Wilson. “I look forward to working with the faculty, staff, students and community as we continue to promote diversity at Kansas City’s university.”

Prior to assuming this position, Wilson was associate dean at the UMKC School of Medicine, where she led its diversity, access and inclusion efforts.

She was responsible for policy, recruitment, retention, cultural competency and health career pipeline programs.

Wilson previously held healthcare leadership positions at Spofford, Swope Health Services and Saint Luke’s Health System, where she led administrative and clinical operations, including program development, accreditation, school-based initiatives and cultural competency efforts.

Wilson brings more than 20 years of diversity consulting and training experience. She served as host and contributor for KC Currents, a radio show about diverse communities and the talk show Central Standard, which aired on KCUR 89.3, an NPR affiliate.

Wilson received her PhD and M.S. in clinical psychology from the University of Pittsburgh, as well as her B.S. in psychology. She also holds a MBA from the UMKC Henry W. Bloch School of Management.

Wilson is the mother of a son and a daughter, and four grandchildren. She is also a member of the Kansas City Missouri Alumni Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta and the Jackson County Chapter of Links Inc.

 

 

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