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College of Arts, Humanities & Social Sciences (CAHSS)




Liberal arts education is at the heart of the University of Denver. Our faculty, staff and students come together in a shared quest for knowledge of the human condition.

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Advisory Board

advisory board meeting fall 2012The Advisory Board for Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences was founded in May 2011 by an appointed alumni taskforce.

Board members include nationwide alumni, and an annually elected student senator and AHSS faculty member. They meet throughout the year to support and create recommendations for AHSS leadership and faculty to improve students' liberal arts education.

The AHSS Advisory Board offers its experience, expertise and energy to the leadership of the divisions to enrich the Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences communities.

Collaborate with the divisions' leadership to:

  • Foster connections
  • Generate ideas that enhance AHSS
  • Access additional resources
  • Strengthen AHSS' broader communities

View the board roster and the biographies of each board member. 

The Advisory Board performs much of its work via three committees. These committees are chaired by an Advisory Board member. A chair holds the position for a renewable, two-year term. Committee members need not be Advisory Board members; rather, committees are made up of community leaders, AHSS alumni and Advisory Board members.

Community Connections Committee

Description: This committee coordinates events to promote the engagement between AHSS alumni, AHSS students and community business leaders by providing opportunities for networking and professional development. This includes implementing AHSS programs locally and nationally, such as salons, faculty lectures and the Distinguished Speaker Series, and advising and making recommendations regarding corporate/organizational partnership opportunities for AHSS. Other committee responsibilities include implementing an AHSS alumni awards program, informing the Board and Dean's office of current alumni events and issues that represent the interests of alumni, and advising the Dean's office on the AHSS communication and stewardship plans.

DU Liaison: Erin Dietrich, AHSS Director of Alumni Relations

Committee chair: Sharon Orlopp

Members: Bill Mathews, Paul Brooks (Lamont Society liaison), Angela Foster (DUART liaison), Sehra Eusufzai, Katy Craig

Development Committee

Description: The Development committee advises and actively participates in the AHSS annual Dean's appeal (annual fund) campaigns. Committee members advise and make recommendations regarding major gift opportunities and corporate/organization partnerships for AHSS. Members also assist the AHSS Director of Development with evaluating the need for AHSS-specific events related to fundraising.

DU Liaison: Erin Dietrich, AHSS Director of Alumni Relations

Committee chair: Amelia Ribnick-Kleiman

Members: Terena Eisner, Nora Heitmann, Tom Kulik, Michele Right, David Savinar 

Student Engagement and Mentoring Committee

Description: This committee is responsible for creating and coordinating an undergraduate mentoring program, pairing current junior and senior AHSS students with AHSS alums with similar career interests and goals. These mentoring relationships allow both parties to experience mutually rewarding and fulfilling mentorship experiences. This committee is also responsible for creating engagement opportunities, such as the Courses to Careers event series. Liaise with the AHSS student government entity.

DU liaison: Erin Dietrich, AHSS Director of Alumni Relations

Committee chair: Tom Douglis

Members: Chris Coleman (Faculty Representative), Susan Reid, Jason Kearns, Peter Leach

For more information about the Advisory Board or its committees, please email Erin Dietrich or call 303-871-3283.