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CLAS Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Committee Charge

The CLAS Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Committee mission is to discuss, communicate and create collaboration in ongoing and upcoming initiatives and events that support the goal of enhancing the environment for diversity, inclusion, equity, and access in CLAS and across the University. It aims to foster and support an inclusive and respectful environment for all members of the CLAS community. The committee will make recommendations to the Dean’s office on diversity-related issues and raise awareness of existing formal and informal barriers to diversity and inclusivity.

CLAS Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Committee Members

Leslie Boyd

Leslie D. Boyd (she/they), Assistant Professor, Jewelry Design + Metalsmithing Area Coordi

Leslie is an interdisciplinary artist whose practice primarily sites itself on the body. Her research is rooted in the way individuals outwardly project contemporary US cultural and political identities and affiliations through dress and adornment. Leslie has exhibited throughout the US and in venues abroad such as Ghost Gallery in New York, the super+Centercourt Gallery in Munich, Germany and at Object Rotterdam in Holland. In 2018, Leslie launched an ongoing project called Making Progress: Resources for Social Justice in Craft which aims to compile a comprehensive collection of resources for artists, educators, and students interested in craft as activism or social practice.

Ben Dyhr

Dr. Ben Dyhr (he/him), Associate Professor, Mathematics and Statistics

Dr. Ben Dyhr joined the faculty at MSU Denver in 2009 and has been a member of the CLAS DEI committee since 2022. He commits to professional development activities and roles that allow for greater engagement in the sciences for students neglected with regards to preparation for college level mathematics. At MSU Denver, Dr. Dyhr’s work has focused on making high-enrollment General Studies designated courses in mathematics and statistics more affordable and accessible to our student body.

David Farrell

David Farrell (he/him), Assistant Professor, Coordinator of Composition, Music

David E. Farrell’s work towards more equitable and inclusive teaching has led to de-centering Western European music’s place in the collegiate classroom. His courses have included units on calypso and Carnival music in Trinidad and on analytical techniques in contemporary popular music, and his mentorship of student composers has focused on their personal musical identities and experiences. As Vice-President of The Playground Ensemble, a Denver-based chamber music group, he led an initiative to reimagine our collaborative projects to represent a broader range of Denver’s artistic community; recent grants from this initiative have been awarded to NU-World Contemporary Danse Theatre, composer/performer Silen Wellington, and visual artist/sculptor Alex Branch.

Megan Filbin

Megan Filbin, Associate Professor, Chemistry and Biochemistry

Megan Filbin, Ph.D. has long been an advocate for equity and inclusion in STEM. In 2016 she is a co-founded MSU Denver’s Women in STEM annual conference, which highlights challenges groups historically excluded form STEM face, and provides tools to overcome these challenges. Since 2019 she has been a member of the Women in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology Committee for the American Society of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology. In this role she has led several international outreach events and has co-authored a perspective about issues women face that prevent their persistence in STEM careers. Megan is passionate about mentoring and providing equitable research opportunities for undergraduates who wish to pursue careers in STEM, as this is the first step to increase diversity and inclusion in STEM. She leads a diverse undergraduate research group and her students present their work nationally. As an affiliate faculty member in the RNA Bioscience Initiative at the University of Colorado, Anschutz Medical Program, she also co-organizes events that support undergraduate access to graduate programs and summer research opportunities.

Elizabeth (Liz) Goodnick

Liz Goodnick, Associate Professor of Philosophy

Liz joined the faculty at MSU Denver in 2013 and has been a member of the CLAS DEI committee since 2020. Her current scholarly work is focused on expanding the philosophical canon and creating new narratives in the history of philosophy to elevate the voices of women and people of color writing in the early modern period (~1600-1800). Much of her service work has been dedicated to DEI efforts and shared governance at MSU Denver. In addition to serving as the Faculty Senate Vice President from 2019-2022, she has participated in a SEED seminar and a Faculty and Staff Learning Community focused on Cultural Inclusivity. She has also chaired the Faculty Senate Diversity Committee and is a member of the University Diversity Equity and Inclusion Council, the Diverse Faculty and Staff Recruitment subcommittee, and the Wilton Flemon Postdoctoral Fellow Task Force.

Professional Headshot photo of Courtney Matsumoto

Courtney Matsumoto, M.A. (She/Her) CLAS Data Analyst, Marketing & Comms Senior Manager

Courtney joined MSU Denver in 2015 and has been a member of the CLAS DEI committee since 2022. Courtney’s professional endeavors have focused on providing access to higher education and support for underrepresented students. She is the founder and leader of MSU Denver’s Asian Pacific Islander Desi American (APIDA) Faculty and Staff Alliance and a member of the Latino/a Faculty and Staff Association. Since 2016, she has served on several University DEI committees including Microaggressions Awareness , DREAMer Network, Hispanic Serving Implementation Team, the Office of Diversity and Inclusion: DEI Council, HSI Synergy and Committee for Sustainable Racial Justice. She holds a B.A. in Ethnic Studies and Sociology from Colorado State University and a M.A. in Higher Education and Student Affairs Leadership from the University of Northern Colorado.  

Jessica Parker

Jessica Parker, Ph.D., Director of First Year Writing, English

Jessica’s DEI work is deeply tied to scholarship in African-American literature and linguistic justice in writing classes. As a white scholar of African-American literature and culture, ethical scholarship requires her to make an active commitment to anti-racist action and pedagogy. Jessica’s academic commitments to equity and justice are an outgrowth of a personal commitment to antiracist action that developed through her love of punk and hip-hop and standing against skinheads in the punk scene.