IDP Advisors, Peer Mentors, and Staff

If you don’t remember the name of the advisor you are working with, please call the front desk at 303-615-0525 or email [email protected]

You can reach any of our staff by calling the front desk at 303-615-0525

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Sara Jackson Shumate, Ph.D. (she/her)


Sara has taught a variety of courses at MSU Denver related to sustainability, economic and political geography, environmental justice, and geographic information science (GIS). She is committed to the university’s mission of supporting students with diverse backgrounds and interests to help them find their best path to graduation.

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Lisa Kirscht, J.D., M.S. (she/her)

Lead Individualized Degree Specialist

Lisa has experience teaching first year law students, as well as advising pharmacy and undergraduate honors students. She is dedicated to empowering students with diverse backgrounds and helping them realize their potential. She draws on her multifaceted background to guide you towards reaching goals that will personally inspire you to succeed.

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Danielle (Dani) Rado, Ph.D. (she/her)

Individualized Degree Specialist

Danielle has taught writing and literature at various universities including the University of Denver, Virginia Commonwealth University, Johnson & Wales, and the University of Notre Dame. She is dedicated to helping students of all backgrounds navigate their degree paths.

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Susan Heath, M.Ed. (she/her)

Program Manager/Metro Meritus Coordinator

Susan has been with MSU Denver for several years. In addition to managing the office, Susan assists students in the writing process for the IDP proposal essay and coordinates the university's Metro Meritus program. She is a 2013 graduate of the IDP program with a bachelor’s degree in Literacy and Diverse Learners.

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Kaylen Fields (she/her)

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IDP Peer Mentors are advanced IDP students who are charged with assisting and mentoring incoming IDP students as they work on an IDP proposal. Email [email protected] to chat with a peer mentor.

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Evan Crane

IDP Peer Mentor

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Robyn Reimers

IDP Peer Mentor

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Diego Maldonado

Retention Peer Mentor (Fellowship)

Contact the Center for Individualized Learning

Campus Location:
1027 9th Street Park

Mailing Address:
Campus Box 50, MSU Denver PO Box 173362 Denver, CO 80217-3362


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