• Instructor (Lecturer), Gender Studies


Kilo Zamora, MSW |

Social Change Facilitator  | Educator | Activist 


Kilo Zamora is known for his skills to increase peoples capacity for social change. He creates learning environments for groups to develop themselves and transform their communities. Kilo teaches an array of social change classes at the University of Utah, including the Westside Leadership Institute, serves as Chair of the Salt Lake City Human Rights Commission and the former Inclusion Center for Community and Justice, Executive Director. Kilo is at his best when developing dialogues to foster self-awareness, organizing communities and creating solutions to divisive issues. His awards including the University of Utah’s School of Social Work’s Teacher of the Year, Pete Suazo Social Justice Award, Equality Utah Award, Utah Education Association Award, Utah Martin Luther King Award, Southern Utah University Humanitarian Award and University of Utah’s Outstanding Young Alumni Award. Some of his recent successes are facilitating President Obama’s Dialogue for Immigration Reform in Salt Lake City, assisting the passage of both Salt Lake City Anti-Discrimination Ordinance and Salt Lake City School Districts Anti-Discrimination Policy and assists in rewriting the Westside Leadership Institute’s manual.


Current  Projects

  • Community transformation facilitation training
  • Inclusion Teaching Fellow, Center For Teaching & Learning Excellence, University of Utah 
  • Leadership instruction
  • Community organizing on behalf of marginalized people 
  • Anarchist leadership praxis to dismantle oppressive practices
  • Developing university campus social justice movements 
  • Linking outdoor recreation instruction to social justice action
  • Teaching social determinants of heath to inform gender justice movements 



R. Kilo Zamora, MSW




University of Utah, College of Social Work, Salt Lake City, UT 

Masters of Social Work Degree, 2000


Southern Utah University, College of Sociology, Cedar City, UT 

Bachelor of Science, sociology, 1996



Teacher of the Year, School of Social Work, University of Utah 

Humanitarian Award, Southern Utah University

Dr. Sharon Goodwill Memorial Award, Excellence in the Field of Mental Heath, University of Utah 

Outstanding Young Alumni Award, University of Utah

Charles E. Bennett Human & Civil Rights Award, Utah Education Association 

Advocate of the Year, Equality Utah

Martin Luther King Drum Major Award, State of Utah

Pete Suazo Social Justice Award, University of Utah

Trainer of The Year, Brighton Ski Resort



Adaptive Leadership Program (Kem C. Gardner Policy Institute, Fall 2016)

Gender Theory and Community Organizing, GNDR 5200 (Gender Studies Department, Fall 2016)

Here I Stand / Gender Scholars, GNDR 2500 (Gender Studies Department, Fall 2016)

Reflexive Social Work, SW6100 (University of Utah, College of Social Work, Masters Program, Spring 2016)

Peace and Conflict Studies (University of Utah, College of Humanities, Spring 2016)

West Side Leadership Institute (University of Utah, Honors College, 2014-Current)

Reflexive Social Work, SW6200 (University of Utah, College Of Social Work, Masters Program, 2012-Current)

Gender and Politics, GND3140 (University of Utah, Gender Studies Department, Fall 2014)

Queer Activism Think Tank (University of Utah, Honors College, Fall/Spring 2014/15)





Teaching Fellow “transforming classrooms into inclusive communities” (University of Utah, Center for Teaching and Learning Excellence, Fall 2016-2017) 

Research Associate, Designing Adaptive Leadership Program (University of Utah, Kem C. Gardner Policy Institute, 2016)

Social Justice Scholars Advisor (University of Utah, Honors College, Spring 2015-2016)

Westside Leadership Advisory Committee (University of Utah, University Neighborhood Partnerships, Spring 2015-Currently 

Peace and Conflict Studies Program Advisory Committee (University of Utah 2015-Currently)

Diversity Curriculum Committee (University of Utah, School of School Work, Spring 2010-Current) 

Masters of Community Leadership Board Member (Westminster College, 2009-2012)


Professional and University Services 


Authored chapters for West Side Leadership Institute Manual, The Road to Community (2015). “Inclusive Leadership” (Chapter 3) and “Conflict Resolution” (Chapter 5) 

Student Advisor Leadership Training (University of Utah, Office of Engagement, 2015-Current)

Diversity Integration Consultant (University of Utah, Physical Assistant Program, School of Medicine, 2015-Current)

Inclusive Excellence Consultant (University of Utah, College of Nursing, 2016)

Inclusive Mental Health Consultant (University of Utah, Counseling Center, 2015-Current)


Recent Presentations 

“The Art of Facilitation Series,” University Neighborhood Partnerships, University of Utah, Spring 2016 

“Systemic Privilege: The Saboteur’s Guide to Dismantling Privilege," Breaking the Pipeline Symposium, Cosponsored by Racially Just Utah & S.J. Quinney College of Law, February 2016  

“The Ethics of Inclusion,” Ethics Awareness Week, Utah Valley University, September 2014 

“Ethics: A Critical Multicultural Mental Health Practitioner,” Critical Issues Facing Children & Adolescents Conference, October 2014

“Intersectional Ally: The New Era of Activism,” LGBT Resource Center’s Gay-La, University of Utah, October 2014


Professional Experience 

Social Change Facilitation, 2013-Present 

Private Consultant  

Provide tailored workshops, coaching and consolation to assist clients in strategic planning, crisis management, governance and human relations. Sectors of focus are government, universities and nonprofits. 


Human Rights Commission, Salt Lake City Corporation, January 2013-Present  


As a commissioner, major accomplishments include two reports on the State of Women and Racial Engagement in Salt Lake City. 


Inclusion Center for Community and Justice, July 1992-May 2013

Executive Director 

Inclusion Center is the oldest human relations organization in the United States. Founded as the National Conference for Christians and Jews in1927, the mission is to eliminate bigotry and discrimination. The Center develops inclusive solutions to promote respect for all people through conflict resolution, education and advocacy.  During my twenty years with the Center, I developed a series of programs that organize people of all ages, backgrounds and sectors to develop skills and improve the lives of disenfranchised people. In 2005, the parent organization of the Inclusion Center dissolved and we underwent a complete reorganization. I redesigned the Center to create a locally relevant mission and strategic plan for the Intermountain West. I developed accounting and budgeting systems, information technology strategy and infrastructure, human resource procedures and a new identity for the organization. I cultivated and secured new funding streams to keep the organization relevant and functioning. I am very proud that the ICCJ headquarters is located on the campus of the University of Utah. Over 300 volunteers help provide services to 30,000 people annually. 


United States Peace Corps.,1997

Rural Community Development Volunteer

Stationed in Suriname in the interior of the Amazon Rainforest 


Southern Utah University, 1995-1997

Multicultural Coordinator