Dr. Kira Hudson Banks is an Assistant Professor of Psychology at Saint Louis University and focuses on race, racial identity and intergroup relations. She has worked in the field to improve intergroup relations since 1998 through research, community outreach, and school-based interventions at the middle school, high school, and college level. In addition to publishing articles in peer-reviewed journals related to these topics, Dr. Banks contributes regularly to discussions of current events through several website news sources and blogs. Her expertise has also been sought out by major corporations to train managers and emerging leaders on diversity and inclusion. Dr. Banks has been described as making the complex and controversial topic of race accessible and intergroup interactions more understandable. Engaging diversity rather than diverse groups coexisting is the theme that drives her research, teaching and consulting.