MSU Denver

Diversity Equity and Inclusion Council (DEIC)

Executive Steering Committee

The Executive Steering Committee is a smaller and consistent structure-focused committee representing, leading, and coordinating the Diversity Equity and Inclusion Council (DEIC). The DEIC is made up of five sub-committees; each addressing structural themes and goals developed through a combination of campus-wide listening sessions, existing and new data, and campus conversations.

Committee Members


Cynthia Baron, Ed.D.

Associate Dean for Equity and Student Engagement

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Angela Bender

Associate Director of Talent Strategy-Human Resources

Michael Benitez, Vice President for the Office of Diversity and Inclusion

Michael Benitez

Vice President for Diversity and Inclusion


Megan Conklin

Executive Director of Corporate and Foundation Relations - University Advancement

Shadow Head Place Holder

Araceli Cortez

HR Generalist- Full Time Talent- Human Resources

Manuel Del Real

Manuel Del Real

Executive Director of HSI Initiatives and Inclusion

Shadow Head Place Holder

Sonia Del Real

Administrative Assistant - Chicano Studies

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Allyson Garcia

Assistant Dean /Director of TRIO Center Equity and Student Achievement

Shadow Head Place Holder

Jovan Hernandez

Faculty Diversity Committee/Chair / Assistant Professor

Chalane Lechuga

Chalane Lechuga

Diversity Faculty Fellow/Associate Professor-ODI / Chicana/o Studies

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Thanh Nguyen

Associate Director-CMEI

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Elizabeth Parmelee

Associate Vice President of Undergraduate Studies

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Mary Sauceda

Associate Vice President of Enrollment Management

K Scherrer, M.A., LCSW, Ph.D.

K. Scherrer

Director & Associate Professor BSSW Program & Social Work

Julie Sharer-Price

Julie Sharer-Price

Executive Assistant of Office of Diversity and Inclusion

Shadow Head Place Holder

Kelsey Smith

Junior Business Intelligence Analyst

Jeremy VanHooser

Jeremy VanHooser

Diversity Coordinator - Office of Diversity and Inclusion

Whei Wong-Howerton

Whei Wong

Associate Vice President of Strategy, University Communications and Marketing