University of Missouri-Kansas City Names New Director of Black Studies Program

HoardAdrienne Walker Hoard was named director of the Black Studies Program at the University of Missouri-Kansas City. She has been serving as professor of art and art education at the University of Missouri-Columbia. She previously taught at Ohio State University and Louisiana State University.

Dr. Hoard’s goals for the program include expanding the curriculum to incorporate African American art and to complete the development of an undergraduate major in Black Studies. The program currently offers a minor, a graduate certificate and a master’s emphasis in the area of Black Studies.

“I have always been involved in Black Studies and honored to assume the role of director of UMKC’s program,” said Professor Hoard. “This position grants me the opportunity to return to my passion for communicating the many facets of Black Studies with youth and adults.”

Professor Hoard is a graduate of Lincoln University in Jefferson City, Missouri. She holds a master’s degree from the University of Michigan and doctorate in education from the University of Illinois.

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  1. Adrienne, so proud of you….I’m in KC daughter lives in Overland Park….hopefully ill run into on one of those visits

  2. It is wonderful to know that you will be shepherding the UM-KC Black Studies program toward greater heights and especially by building and integrating a world-class arts curricula into the soon-to-be department

  3. Pamela and I are proud of you and the great opportunity you have to make your mark on the UMKC university and specifically the Black Studies Program.

  4. Congratulations. I wish I was living in KCMO so I could give you a Shields family welcome. Vicki lives in Lee’s Summit. Enjoy your new job to the fullest extent . Be blessed!
    Karen Shields

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