Learn more about our staff below, organized alphabetically within program area.
As part of ongoing structural changes at the University (Chancellor's summary), our staff has been shifted into two distinct units:
- a continuing CME, including IESSLD, below; and
- the new office of Inclusion and Diversity (jump).
Center for Multicultural Excellence
Johanna M Leyba, MA
Associate Vice Chancellor for Inclusive Excellence
Executive Director of CME
(303) 871-7661 | E-Mail
Johanna is a native of Denver, Colorado. She earned a BA in Sociology with an emphasis in ethnic and urban studies from Colorado College in 1994, with a thesis on Identity Formation of Mexican Origin People Living in the United States. In 2002, she earned a Master's degree in Urban and Regional Planning with an emphasis in Community Development from the University of Colorado at Denver.
more about Johanna Leyba
Johanna began her professional career as a Summer Minority Intern Scholar at the Coors Brewing Company. There, she assisted with Organizational Development Diversity Training for employees, supported community relation efforts among minority markets, and helped facilitate the Minority Intern and Scholarship Program. After her internship and undergraduate degree, she focused the next 11 years managing and supporting nonprofit programs and organizations focused on youth development, employment and training, healthcare for the uninsured, college access and leadership development of Latinas. She rounded this experience as a nonprofit management consultant where she facilitated strategic planning processes, fundraising planning, program development and evaluation and support of executive leadership.
She joined the University of Denver in 2004 as the Director of CME, where she assisted in the growth and development of the Center. In January of 2008, Johanna became the Assistant Provost for Inclusive Excellence which evolved into her current position, through which she helps support and coordinate cross campus partnerships to advance an inclusive agenda at DU. She also works to build new and strengthen existing relationships between DU and historically underrepresented communities in the Metro Denver area. Some of her most recent accomplishments include having led an effort to administer a campus climate survey and establishing the new Staff of Color Association. Johanna oversees the Inclusive Excellence Fellow Program that places master's students in departments across campus to gain work experience and produce inclusive projects for the unit.
Adrienne Martinez, MSW
Assistant Director of Student Access and Success Programs
(303) 871-7660| E-Mail
Adrienne comes to the Center from the DU Office of Alumni Relations, where she was responsible for engaging alumni affinity groups by partnering with volunteer leaders to create meaningful and creative programming for alumni of color. Her work with the DU Latino Alumni Association (DULAA) culminated with the creation of the DULAA Scholarship Endowment, which will provide financial assistance to Latino undergraduate students at DU.
more about Adrienne Martinez
In line with her passion for supporting and creating strong pipeline programs for historically underrepresented students, she also served as the interim Director of Student Life at College Track, a national nonprofit that provides programming to increase a college graduates in underserved communities. In this role, she worked directly with freshman and sophomore students from Rangeview High School in Aurora to inspire social and community engagement by coordinating volunteer and leadership development opportunities. Adrienne also facilitated an all-girls support group designed to address the physical and emotional well-being of young women.
Adrienne earned her bachelor's degree in psychology from the University of Colorado at Boulder while working part-time in the community relations department providing campus tours for historically underrepresented middle school students. As a Denver native and Denver Public School district graduate, she is passionate about outreach and college access for the communities surrounding DU. In June 2013, Adrienne completed her Master's in Social Work at DU's Graduate School of Social Work.
Anthea Johnson Rooen, MBA
Director of College Access and Pipeline Programs
(303) 871-2270| E-Mail
Anthea Johnson Rooen brings over 18 years of experience in diversity, student success, and college access from the University of Colorado at Boulder. Ms Johnson Rooen worked as the Associate Director for Student Development, Co-Director for Recruitment and Acting Director for the Multicultural Engineering Program (MEP) at the University of Colorado at Boulder from 2002–09.
more about Anthea Johnson Rooen
She was responsible for recruiting and retaining historically underrepresented students to the College of Engineering and Applied Science. The MEP offered a number of resources, scholarships and opportunities to all participating students in a welcoming and vibrant academic community. She also served as the adviser for National Society for Black Engineer (NSBE) and the American Indian Science and Engineering Society (AISES) Regional Conference Planning Committee in 2005.
Ms Johnson Rooen was the Director of Outreach Programs for the two years at the Alliance for Technology, Learning and Society (ATLAS) Institute from 2009–2011 where she successfully coordinated outreach programs and collaborated with on and off campus partners to expose students to opportunities in technology and college. She has won several awards for her work related to advising and outreach such as the 2007 Service Award from Colorado Math, Engineering, Science Achievement (MESA) and Outstanding Multicultural Engineering Program (MEP) Staff Member in 2003 and 2009.
Ms Johnson Rooen earned a Master of Business Administration degree from the University of Denver Daniels College of Business, and a Bachelor of Arts and Science in Communication from the University of Colorado at Boulder.
Thomas E Walker, PhD
Director of Educational Programs & LGBTIQA Services
(303) 871-4614| E-Mail
Thomas previously served as the Assistant Director of Arizona State University's Intergroup Relations Center, where he coordinated diversity education programs, provided social justice training, and served as a diversity consultant for the ASU and larger community. In his eight years at ASU, he also served as liaison to the LGBTIQ community and Advisor to the LGBTQ Student Coalition.
more about Thomas Walker
He has been engaged in the diversity and social justice field for more than two decades, working with NCCJ-Anytown, the National Coalition-Building Institute, the Southern Institute for Education and Research, C Harris Companies, Inc, the Social Justice Training Institute, and the University of Michigan-based Multiversity Intergroup Dialogue (MIGR) Research Project. He has taught in DU's undergraduate International Living-Learning Community and graduate Higher Education programs; and currently serves on the Editorial Board of the Journal on Diversity in Higher Education.
Thomas studied at the Victoria University of Manchester (England), completed his bachelor's degree in Interpersonal and Group Communication at Tulane University, and earned both his Master's and doctorate in Intercultural Communication at Arizona State University. Thomas' DU Portfolio site
Martin Drafton, BA
(303) 871-2507| E-Mail
Martin comes to CME with over five years of university-level administrative and customer service experience. Before joining CME, Martin worked in the Division of Arts, Humanities, & Social Sciences serving as the Assistant to the Chairs of Political Science, Gender & Women’s Studies, and Socio-Legal Studies. Martin currently represents CME on the Staff Advisory Council serving on the Staff Issues Committee, as well as serving on the Communications Task Force for the Division of Campus Life and Inclusive Excellence.
more about Martin Drafton
Martin graduated from Barrett, the Honors College at Arizona State University with a BA in Global Studies. His undergraduate thesis analyzed the rhetorical similarities and differences between the U.S. and Spanish constitutions and how they framed the nations’ same-sex marriage debates. While at ASU, Martin served as the senior associate and interim supervisor of the University’s information center and as an instructor for the Barrett Summer Scholars Program.
Office OF Inclusive Excellence Student Success & Leadership Development (IESSLD)
Tracey Adams-Peters, MA
Director of IE Student Success and Leadership Development
(303) 871-7659| E-Mail
Tracey is a proud native of Denver, Colorado. In her role at CME, Tracey is responsible for student success programs and leadership development opportunities for all undergraduate and graduate students on campus, as well as within the state and across the nation. Tracey's work is to underscore the academic, social, leadership and personal development of the students at the University of Denver as it relates to Inclusive Excellence and diversity. Tracey is dedicated to the Denver community and works tirelessly to increase the awareness and involvement of communities of color in pre-collegiate preparation and access.
more about Tracey Adams-Peters
Tracey earned her BA in African American Studies from Metropolitan State University of Denver, and her MA in Higher Education with an emphasis in Leadership and Organizational Change from the University of Denver. Tracey is a proud graduate of the 2010 Chamber Connect Leadership Program and recipient of their 2010 Inclusive Excellence award, serves as a board member for the national Association of Black Culture Centers, is currently the chair for the Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated Epsilon Nu Omega Chapter's I.V.Y. League college preparation program for high school girls in the Denver Metro area and serves as the chair for the organization's scholarship committee.
CME graduate staff
(303) 871-2942 | Brenda Sifuentez, MA E-mail | Sydney Spiller, MA E-mail
Brenda Sifuentez is originally from Oregon, but comes to DU most recently from Fresno, California. She is an alumnae of the University of Oregon, where she earned her BA in Ethnic Studies. After finishing her BA, she worked for the Oregon Student Association, a non-profit organization working on issues of access and affordability in public postsecondary education in Oregon. She then moved to California to attend California State University, Fresno where she earned her MA with distinction in Higher Education Administration and Leadership. She is a PhD student in the Higher Education program at the Morgridge College of Education. Her overall research is grounded in social justice and equity for historically underrepresented students, faculty, and staff. Her current research interests are examining how educational policies are affecting underrepresented communities and the role of Hispanic Serving Institutions.
is a second year Higher Education Masters student at the Morgridge College of Education. She earned her BA in Spanish from BSU in Idaho, her home state. Her areas of research interest include social justice education and critical Whiteness studies.