Faculty and Staff Affinity Groups

Connecting Across Campus

The University of Denver supports many groups representing the diversity of our institution. From student organizations, to faculty and staff associations, DU hopes to foster and support affinity groups of all kinds.

Group Listing

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Association of Sisters in Higher Education

Association of Sisters in Higher Education (ASHE) supports, empowers, and mentors Black women at the University of Denver through cultural fellowship, enrichment, and an exchange of ideas. The group is not exclusive to black women; therefore we value and welcome all women faculty and staff at the University of Denver. However, the core focus of group discussions, activities, and initiatives will be issues that are germane to black women.

Co-Chairs: Yasmaine Ford, Yasmaine.Ford@du.edu and Natley Farris, Natley.Farris@du.edu

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Black@DU

The mission of Black@DU is to provide an atmosphere of cultural and social networking among Black staff and faculty at the University of Denver. This organization is dedicated to improving the quality of the Black experience at DU by fostering a campus climate that is inviting, unified, encouraging, and promotes upward mobility. Black@DU exists to enhance communication and champion diversity, inclusion, opportunity and social justice—while challenging racism within the University.

Chair Cameron Simmons, Cameron.Simmons@du.edu

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Employee Resources – Includes Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA)

The University of Denver is committed to providing reasonable accommodations to its employees and applicants for employment in order to assure that individuals with disabilities enjoy full access to equal employment opportunity at the University. Contact Rufina Hernández, ADA Coordinator at Rufina.Hernandez@du.edu or call at 303.871.3941.

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Faculty of Color Association

The DU Faculty of Color Association (FOCA) is a voluntary empowerment and advocacy group composed of faculty members from under-represented racial and ethnic groups within the University community. Meetings are held monthly on alternating Tuesdays and Wednesdays - join the listserv to receive notifications.

Chair: Michele Hanna, Michele.Hanna@du.edu

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Faculty Women's Association (FWA)

The FWA extends membership to all faculty, tenured, tenure-track, non-tenure track and adjunct. Objectives include, providing a support network to all faculty women in the campus community, sponsoring programs concerned with professional development, disseminating information about University practices and policies vital to faculty women's interests. Contact ODEI for more information.

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Graduate Women's Council (GWC)

The GWC provides a medium for discussion and support in areas that affect DU graduate women, focusing on providing support, health and safety issues, education and classroom issues, and empowerment.

Liaisons: Xiaoyi Zhu, xiaoyizhu.edu@gmail.com and Jessica Johnson, jajohnson620@gmail.com

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Hermanas Latinas

Hermanas Latinas provides a space for faculty and graduate students who identify as Latina at the University of Denver.

Liaison: Judy Marquez Kiyama, Judy.Kiyama@du.edu

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Human Resources & Inclusive Communities (HRIC)

HRIC works to ensure that employees are given a safe and inclusive environment to work. 

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Latinx Center at the University of Denver

The Latinx Center advances critical interdisciplinary research, scholarly and creative work, and curricular development related to the historical, political, cultural, and intellectual legacy of Latinx people. 

Director: Deb Ortega, Debora.Ortega@du.edu

 

 

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Native American Services

Provides support for current students and engages in community relations through developing relationships with local, regional and national Native communities.

Interim Native American Liaison & Program Manager: Stevie Lee, Stevie.Lee@du.edu

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Office of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (ODEI)

ODEI is committed to providing leadership, guidance, and resources in support of the University of Denver’s commitment to building a more diverse and inclusive institution.

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Queer Faculty Association (QFA)

QFA supports LGBTQ and questioning-identified faculty on campus through advocacy, scholarship, and social networking. QFA works to connect queer faculty across the university and ensure that DU is an affirming space for all queer students, staff, and faculty.

Contact Frederique Chevillot, Frederique.Chevillot@du.edu

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Queer University Employees (QUE)

An organization for all Queer and LGBTIQA-identifying DU employees who promote a welcoming and affirming university community.

Co-Chairs: Jasmine Pulce, Jasmine.Pulce@du.edu and Madison Dorman, Madison.Dorman@du.edu

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Religious and Spiritual Life

The University works with multiple religious and spiritual leaders to provide support to all members of the DU community on issues ranging from interfaith dialogue to spiritual care and counseling.

Interim Director of the Cultural Center, Chenthu JayachandiranChenthu.Jayachandiran@du.edu

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Sistah Network

Sistah Network is committed to helping Black women who are graduate students at the University of Denver contend with the pervasive challenges they face related to graduate student socialization and academic persistence. Examples of community development include two meetings per quarter, quarterly writing workshops, faculty and resource connections, and defense practices.

Liaison: Anthea Johnson Rooen, Anthea.Johnson@du.edu

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Staff Advisory Council (SAC)

SAC fosters collaboration with staff and members of the University community, including the offices of the chancellor and provost, University leadership and faculty members from many units on campus; lobbies to get policies and procedures implemented that directly affect all staff members' morale, interests, working conditions and professional development.

President, Garret Glass, Garret.Glass@du.edu

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Staff of Color Association (SOCA)

- The Staff of Color Association (SOCA) is committed to promoting the interests of and advocating for staff at University of Denver from historically unrepresented races and ethnicities. We honor and celebrate the diversity of our cultures and actively contribute to the University by:

  • Providing members with a supportive community and brave spaces
  • Fostering belonging for all intersecting experiences
  • Sharing knowledge about the campus climate
  • Providing support for the recruitment of diverse candidates throughout the University
  • Establishing meaningful connections between staff, students and faculty of color

Co-Chairs: Katia Miller, Katia.Miller@du.edu and Rosalynn Feagins, Rosalynn.Feagins@du.edu

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Veterans Services

Guided by the knowledge that veterans offer a unique academic and social quality to the University of Denver, the Veterans Services Office vision and mission is to support our veterans through exceptional programming.

Director: Damon Vine, Damon.Vine@du.edu

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Women's Coalition

The DU Women’s Coalition creates and fosters a University of Denver culture that values and empowers all women; it is the umbrella organization to which all six University of Denver women's groups belong.

Co-Chairs: Ann Ayers, Ann.Ayers@du.edu and Tali Koziol Thomason, Tali.Koziol@du.edu

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Women's Leadership Council (WLC)

The Women’s Leadership Council focuses on women working in executive roles at the University of Denver and seeks to engage, advocate and build relationships with women, by looking at issues relating to women, opportunities across campus and fostering mentorship and professional development.

Co-Chairs: Ann Ayers, Ann.Ayers@du.edu and Allana Forte, Allana.Forte@du.edu

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Women's Staff Alliance for Networking and Development (WAND)

The Women's Staff Alliance for Networking and Development (WAND) is committed to helping staff women at the University of Denver achieve their highest potential as employees by means of advocacy, education, development, networking and leadership.

Co-chairs: Katherine Haywood, Katherine.Haywood@du.edu and Noelle Strom, Noelle.Strom@du.edu

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Whites Organizing for Racial Consciousness (WORC)

WORC is an informal campus network who holds space for DU community members to support racial justice and the responsibility white people have in building a more just and fair community in solidarity with people of color. (Any discussion of identity is intersectional; however, the focus of this group is to discuss racial identity.)

Facilitators: Kelly Schlabach, Kathleen Ferrick and Brianna Johnson – iee.worc@du.edu