Join UMKC for this session that will enhance your communication skills in a way that promotes inclusion and respect in the workplace. During the session, participants will work to understand the impact of stereotypes and bias statements – even when casually said. Facilitators will identify the most common reasons people sit silently in the face of bias and stereotypes and teach skills so participants leave feeling well-equipped to speak up against stereotypes and bias without feeling blame or guilt.
Join us to...
- Understand the impact of stereotypes and bias statements, even when casually said.
- Identify the most common reasons people sit silently in the face of bias and stereotypes.
- Explore skills for speaking up against stereotypes and bias without blame or guilt.
MAKINI L. KING, PH.D.
Director of Diversity and Inclusion Initiatives
Makini L. King PhD is a licensed counseling psychologist who currently serves as the Director of Diversity and Inclusion Initiatives and provides leadership to diversity programs and initiatives as outlined in the UMKC Diversity Strategic Plan.
King attended Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia where she earned her B.A., with a Psychology major and Spanish minor. She later earned her M.A. and Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology at the University of Missouri- Kansas City. After completing a post-doctoral fellowship at the Kansas City Veterans Health Administration, she worked as a behavioral health consultant at the Kansas City Care Clinic where she was also co-creator and director of their dietary management program. She continues to provide clinical consultation at the KC Care Clinic. King also teaches adjunct for the Counseling Psychology Department at UMKC and provides clinical supervision for their students. Over the years she has presented on and published articles and chapters on topics related to diversity in secondary and higher education and social media.
King grew up in Kansas City, Missouri before leaving for upstate New York for high school and returned to her home town after college. She enjoys spending time with her family and friends, reading, traveling, watching movies, eating good (nutritious) food and working out.
LONA DAVENPORT, MA
Senior Diversity Program Coordinator
Lona Davenport currently serves as the Diversity Program Coordinator within the Division of Diversity and Inclusion and coordinates and facilitates diversity programs and initiatives in collaborative efforts between the Division of Diversity and Inclusion with campus and community partners.
Davenport attended the University of Iowa where she earned a B.B.A. in Management, an International Business Certificate, and a M.A. in Counseling, Rehabilitation, and Student Development with an emphasis in Student Development in Post-Secondary Education. Over six years at Iowa State University, Davenport served as a Residence Hall Director, Student Organization Advisor, Active Bystander Intervention Trainer, and Instructor. She also volunteered as a state certified Advocate and Shelter Counselor for the local assault care center, as well as a Search and Rescue Technician II for the National Association of Search and Rescue.
Davenport grew up in Charles City, Iowa. Her hobbies include being a restless learner, skill acquisition, motorcycle riding and maintenance, dog training, long distance running, podcasts, and reading. Her StrengthsQuest talents are: Context, Restorative, Input, Strategic, Empathy.
* A recording of this program will not be distributed to registrants afterwards *