The Maryland Equity and Inclusion Leadership Program | About | Instructional Staff
Kara Hunt is a public intellectual, educator, and scholar currently serving as the Director of Education & Outreach at the Maryland Commission on Civil Rights where she provides statewide training on civil rights (law, investigations, history, and enforcement), systemic and structural discrimination, inequality, best practices for effective diversity, equity, and inclusion in the workplace, as well as discrimination in the areas of housing and public accommodations.
Kara began her undergraduate work at Bowie State University and completed her studies at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County where she earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Africana Studies as well as a Bachelor of Science degree in Environmental Science. She continued her research at The Ohio State University culminating in a Master of Arts degree in African American and African studies to include a Graduate Certificate in Women’s Studies. Kara earned a Doctorate from the University of California, Irvine’s School of Humanities program in Culture & Theory where her research centered on philosophy, critical race theory, and communication. Currently, Kara has more than fourteen years of work experience in the areas of Civil Rights and Diversity research, teaching, advocacy, and management. Kara served as a research and teaching associate at The Ohio State University as well as the University of California, Irvine. After completing her degree programs, Kara served as a Lecturer in the Department of Philosophy at Avila University. She was then awarded a Postdoctoral Fellowship at her Alma-mater, the University of Maryland, Baltimore County.
At the close of her fellowship, Kara sought out opportunities to apply her knowledge and skillset to serve the community that initiated her comprehension and understanding of social justice and marginalization. She first worked in the areas of Disability Rights Advocacy, Aging Populations and Longterm Care, and then Civil Rights Investigation and Enforcement—her current field.
Eleftherios A. Michael (Ph.D.) is the Director of Diversity and International Services at The University of Baltimore. With 20+ years of well-rounded experience in Student Affairs, Academic Affairs, International and Global Education and Enrollment Management, his mission and vision is dedicated to serving students. Over the years, he has developed and executed programmatic experiences, study abroad programs and retention plans for diverse student populations. Based on his research work in cross-cultural negotiations and conflict resolution, he has developed leadership approaches in establishing and sustaining strategic relationships with key internal and external partners for the learning interest of all student and learner populations. He has trained hundreds of high school students, undergraduate and graduate students and community leaders in more than a dozen counties with leadership skills and cross-cultural competencies. Institutions he has served and/or taught in include George Mason U., American U., George Washington U., Notre Dame of Maryland U., and The University of Baltimore.