Dr. Kazique J. Prince (pronounced ka-ZEE-kay) is based in Austin, Texas, and is the Global Director of Diversity, Equity, Inclusion & Belonging at NI, formerly National Instruments. He is responsible for developing and implementing comprehensive workforce diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging (DEIB) programs at NI. He also leads the setting of our DEIB strategy, program goals, and metrics working with the organization to drive those outcomes that promote DEIB through communications, education, and leadership actions. He also is the founder and chief executive officer of Jelani Consulting, LLC, a small business established for nearly fifteen years in diversity, equity, inclusion, belonging space across industries. He developed Djembe: Inspiring Inclusive Connections as a tool to encourage conversations, inspire bravery and vulnerability, celebrate differences, and help navigate diversity, equity & inclusion. Dr. Prince formerly served as the senior policy advisor and education coordinator for City of Austin Mayor Steve Adler with education, equitable economic development, and public safety as well as strategies to dismantle institutional racism and systemic inequities are under his portfolio.
In October 2020, Dr. Prince helped launch the Central Texas Collective for Racial Equity as the Interim Executive Director, a nonprofit association to support, in part, the ongoing efforts continued through the Mayor’s Task Force on Institutional Racism and Systemic Inequities focused on education, health and wellness, finance and banking, real estate and housing, and criminal and civil justice. He’s also writes and produces Equity Turned Up, a blog and podcast reflecting on a variety of equity and inclusion topics. Throughout his career, Dr. Prince carved out a reputation as a dynamic and comprehensive communicator and trusted adviser. Governed by a focused vision for the future and fueled by a passion to make a difference in the new global economy, he has considerable experience in the areas of Project & Program Management, Diversity & Inclusion Management, and Cross-functional Leadership Development. He also owns a powerful understanding of people and what motivates them, drawing upon unique skill sets to sell, counsel and encourage others towards meaningful, lasting change. He collaborates with clients working on managing cultural differences by trailblazing through opposition, spearheading forward-thinking, cutting-edge initiatives and programs while successfully uniting team members behind common goals.
Dr. Prince served on the Austin ISD’s Budget Stabilization and School Renaming Task Forces, project manager for the Mayor’s Task Force on Institutional Racism & Systemic Inequities, City of Austin’s Equity Action Team, Greater Austin Community Schools Coalition, and Executive Taskforce Committee for the Austin Area My Brother’s Keeper White House Initiative. He previously had appointments as the Advisory Council Chair to the Austin’s African American Cultural Heritage District, Education Committee Co-Chair for the Greater Austin Black Chamber of Commerce, and member of the Texas Diversity Council’s Central Texas Advisory Council, NAACP, and the Austin Area Urban League. His hobbies include playing tennis, blogging, kickboxing, listening to live music, and urban gardening. He received his Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology at The University of Georgia at Athens, Ed.S. in Counseling Psychology at Georgia State University, Ed.M. in Counseling Psychology at Rutgers University, and B.S. in Psychology from the Benjamin Banneker Honors College at Prairie View A&M University. He is also a Board-Certified Diplomat in African Centered/Black Psychology through The Association of Black Psychologists and certified administrator of the Intercultural Development Inventory through IDI, LLC. Father of two adult children and supports various other activities in the Austin area.