|Position:||University of Nebraska Athletics|
|Other Position:||Diversity & Inclusion Director|
|Hometown:||St. Louis, Mo.|
DaWon Baker joined the Nebraska Athletic Department in September 2018 as the Diversity and Inclusion Director in Life Skills and Enrichment. He is responsible for diversity and inclusion initiatives for all staff and student-athletes, including the annual Diversity and Inclusion Summit, Next Steps outreach, Leadership Academy and direction of the campus-wide Husker Athletics Diversity & Inclusion Committee (HADIC). He also serves as a Life Skills career coach for individual student-athletes aiding in total person development.
Prior to arriving at Nebraska, Baker previously worked at the NCAA as a postgraduate intern in the Leadership Development department. He worked on career, professional and personal development programs, helping student-athletes, coaches and administrators enhance their skills. He also worked closely with administrators to coordinate programs for minority administrators throughout the NCAA membership, and served as a member of the project team for the NCAA Inclusion Forum.
Baker is a native of St. Louis, Mo., and graduated from the University of Missouri in 2015. Baker was a track and field student-athlete, and worked as an intern and student worker for Mizzou Athletics. In addition, he graduated in December 2016 with a Master’s of Business Administration and a Master’s in Sport Business Management from the University of Central Florida (UCF), where he was a graduate research assistant for The Institute for Diversity and Ethics in Sport (TIDES). Baker served as an academic mentor and game-day intern for UCF athletics, as well as a student assistant in the Office of Student-Athlete Welfare and Development.