• 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, Gender On The Hill, and Gender Theory and Community Organizing. He served as the past 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 facilitating dialogues to foster compassion and creating solutions to divisive issues. His awards including the University of Utah’s faculty recognition award, 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 leading Weber School District’s first equity plan, helping establish Park City’s first equity plan, conducting President Obama’s Dialogue for Immigration Reform in Salt Lake City, assisted in passing the HB 250 (mandatory processing of all Sexual Assault Kits) and the passage of both Salt Lake City Anti-Discrimination Ordinance, and assists in rewriting the Westside Leadership Institute’s manual. 

Current Projects 

  • Developing crtical communtiy engaged learning methods with College of Architecture, University of Utah 

  • Community transformation faclitation training 

  • Inclusive practices for Physician Assistant Program, University of Utah

  • Inclusion Teaching Fellow, Center For Teaching & Learning Excellence, University of Utah

  • Adaptive Leadership instruction

  • Developing university campus social justice movements

  • Linking outdoor recreation instruction to social justice action

  • Teaching social determinants of heath to inform gender justice movements

  • Developing community centered research to inform institutional policies and strategies.



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



  • Internship Program (Gender Studies 2019-Current)

  •  Gender Gender and Social Change, GNDR 1100 (Gender Studies Division, Ongoing 2018-Current)

  • Gender On The Hill, GNDR 2500 (Gender Studies Department, 2016-Current)

  • Gender Theory and Community Organizing, GNDR 5200 (Gender Studies De-

    partment, 2016-Current)

  • Here I Stand / Gender Scholars, GNDR 2500 (Gender Studies Department,


  • West Side Leadership Institute (University of Utah, Honors College, 2014-Cur-


  • Adaptive Leadership Program (Kem C. Gardner Policy Institute, Spring 2017)

  • Peace & Conflict Studies, PCS 3500 (College of Humanities, Spring 2017)

  • Reflexive Social Work, SW6100 (University of Utah, College of Social Work,

    Masters Program, Spring 2016)

  • Reflexive Social Work, SW6200 (University of Utah, College Of Social Work,

    Masters Program, Fall 2016)

  • Gender and Politics, GND3140 (University of Utah, Gender Studies Depart-

    ment, Fall 2014)

  • Queer Activism Think Tank (University of Utah, Honors College, Fall/Spring




  • Teaching Fellow “transforming classrooms into inclusive communities” (Univer- sity of Utah, Center for Teaching and Learning Excellence, Fall 2016-2019)

  • Advisor for Its On US (University of Utah, 2018-2019)

  • Research Associate, Designing Adaptive Leadership Program (University of

    Utah, Kem C. Gardner Policy Institute, 2016-2017)

  • Social Justice Scholars Advisor (University of Utah, Honors College, Spring


  • Westside Leadership Advisory Committee (University of Utah, University

    Neighborhood Partnerships, Spring 2015-Currently)

  • Peace and Conflict Studies Program Advisory Committee (University of Utah


  • Diversity Curriculum Committee (University of Utah, School of School Work,

    Spring 2010-2015)

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



Professional and University Services

• University Neighborhood Partnership Strategic Planning Consultant (University of Utah 2017-Current)

• Moderated Panel on Global Extremism, Dolowitz Lecture Series (University of Utah Fall, 2017)

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

  • Community Engagment Consultant (University of Utah, School of Architecture 2016-Current)

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

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

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

  • Inclusive Mental Health Consultant (University of Utah, Counseling Center,


    Recent Presentations

  • "Equity In Public Schools,"Utah Educaiton Association, Summer 2019 

  • “Inclusive Practice in PA programs,” National Physician Assistant Education Association, Fall 2018

  • “The Art of Social Justice Dialogue,” Bennion Center, University of Utah, Fall 2017

  • Facilitating Diversity Dialogues,” Students Services Diversity Council, Uni- versity of Utah, Summer 2017

  • Dismantling Systemic Discrimination,” MLK Week Hinkley Lecture, Univer- sity of Utah, Spring 2017

  • “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

    Gender Studies Division- University of Utah, 2017-Present

    Full-time Faculty Member

    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-May 2017
    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 advo- cacy. 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 re- designed 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 headquar- ters 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


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