2015 Influential Women in Kansas City Business: Susan Wilson

Vice chancellor, Office of Diversity Initiatives at University of Missouri-Kansas City

Susan B. Wilson is making higher education more inclusive. As chief diversity officer for the University of Missouri-Kansas City, she advises the chancellor on matters of diversity and inclusion, and implements UMKC’s strategic diversity plan, focused on increasing enrollment and graduation rates and improving success and retention. The plan also 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 was promoted to her current position after increasing diversity at the UMKC School of Medicine while serving as associate dean, growing the number of six-year underrepresented medical students from 11 percent to 25 percent. A doctor of clinical psychology with a background in both healthcare and education administration, Wilson is also an adjunct associate professor of the UMKC School of Education’s counseling program.

Previously Wilson provided expert psychological consultations to the Kansas City Chiefs and NFL and has served on the Mayor’s Human Rights Commission, the Jackson County Community-Backed-Anti-Drug Tax (COMBAT) Commission and the State of Missouri’s African American Statewide Mental Health Task Force. Wilson is a former board member of the Greater Kansas City Health Foundation and is chair- elect of the Prime Health Foundation.

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