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Rudolph Nickens
Certified Diversity Executive
Missouri Department of Transportation, Equal Opportunity and Diversity Division
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Rudolph Nickens

Rudy Nickens is the Director of Equal Opportunity and Diversity for the Missouri Department of Transportation. He is an experienced facilitator, educator and entrepreneur with a strong background in cultural diversity, business management and community development. Previously, he served as Executive Director of The St. Louis Black Repertory Company. Prior to that, he was vice president of St. Louis 2004, a civic organization created to act as a catalyst for community development.


Nickens has taught in the School of Communications and Media Studies as adjunct faculty at Webster University. For over 2 decades, he has consulted, educated and trained several local and national organizations in the areas of workforce diversity, leadership development, cultural competence and conflict resolution locally, nationally and internationally. Nickens was a fellow in the Rockefeller Foundation’s Next Generation Leadership Program and has received numerous awards for his community service.