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About The Cultural Center

Staff Biographies

Learn more about our staff below.

Alfredo Gallegos, Assistant Director of Student Success

Alfredo Gallegos

Assistant Director, First-Generation Initiatives
303-871-7652 | Email | Driscoll Center North, 018F

Originally from Nayarit, México, Alfredo pursued his passion for higher education and earned his Bachelor's Degree from the University of Colorado Denver. Before joining DU, Alfredo worked with the Center for Work Education and Employment case managing families on TANF (Temporary Assistance for Needy Families).

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In line with his passion for supporting historically underrepresented students, Alfredo worked with the Upward Bound TRIO programs, developing workshops on college access and career readiness skills. During his time at the University of Colorado Denver, he assisted in developing a youth leadership conference for male students of color and provided a scholarship opportunity for a graduating senior. After graduation, Alfredo worked with the Center for Work Education and Employment where he assisted families on a case management model. Additionally, he developed workshops on anger management, money-saving, and career exploration skills. Alfredo recently graduated with his Masters in Higher Education at the Morgridge College of Education with an emphasis on Diversity and Higher Learning. As Assistant Director, Alfredo works with first generation college students and oversees the 1GenU transition program that assists students in navigating the University of Denver. He is the campus liaison for the Daniels Fund Scholars, providing campus support and program development. Additionally, he works with DACA/Undocumented students, providing support through programming and initiatives.

Anthea Johnson Rooen, Director of Graduate Student Success

Anthea Johnson Rooen, MBA

Director, Equity STEM (E-STEM) Program
303-871-2270 | Email | 2155 East Wesley Avenue, Room 429

Anthea 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.

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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.

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Jasmine Pulce, MEd

Assistant Director, Affinity Group Support
303-871-7679 | Email | Driscoll Center North, 018E

Jasmine is a native of Kentucky who comes to DU most recently from Dallas, Texas. She is an alumnae of the University of Kentucky, where she earned her BS in Kinesiology, and of the University of North Texas, where she earned her MEd in Higher Education. Before joining DU, Jasmine served in various programming roles supporting underrepresented student groups and providing health education.

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Jasmine began her career in student affairs at her undergraduate institution as a student leader in various affinity groups. After graduation, she transitioned into a Program Coordinator role at the University of Kentucky (UK) Martin Luther King Jr. Cultural Center. There, she planned programs and brought speakers to campus to promote the diversity and identity development of students. In addition to providing general advocacy and support for students, she also helped establish a student group for Queer People of Color. After leaving UK to pursue her graduate degree, Jasmine joined the University of North Texas where she worked as a Graduate Assistant for both the Emerald Eagle Scholars Program and the Meadows Center for Health Resources.

As Assistant Director, Jasmine works with DU undergraduate Student Alliances (Joint Council) to strengthen and expand leadership and programming, coordinate planning for Heritage and History Months and LGBTIQA programs, as well as assist with any additional undergraduate success initiatives. She is proud to have founded the DU Pride Lounge and to launch the DU Transfer Living Community residential program in Fall 2017. Lastly, Jasmine is currently pursuing her Ph.D. in Higher Education at the Morgridge College of Education and hopes to graduate in 2022.

Viki Eagle, Director of Native American Community Relations & Programs

Viki Eagle, MA

Director, Native American Community Relations & Programs
303-871-4507 | Email | Driscoll Center North, 217A

Viki identifies as half Japanese and half Sicangu Lakota and grew up in Denver, Colorado. She recently came from UCLA working as the Assistant Director of Undergraduate Admissions as the Native American Recruiter. Her position was created from the result of the DU Native American Task Force for Inclusivity following the John Evans Report in 2014. She is responsible for student success for Native American students, continuing community & tribal partnerships within the Denver Native American Community and creating new programs and recruitment efforts for the campus.

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Viki’s past work also includes working as a High School teacher and bus driver at Red Cloud Indian High School on the Pine Ridge Reservation. She has been a part of the Denver Native American Community starting in DPS with the Indian Education Program. From there she was awarded the full Native American Scholarship from DU and joined ELI. She earned her BA in International Studies and minor in Photography from DU in 2012, and graduated from her Master’s Degree in Higher Education with an emphasis in Diversity and Inclusive Excellence track.

Viki has worked from her undergraduate and graduate career in implementing Native American initiatives and programming on campus which include founding the DU New Beginnings Pow Wow in 2010, and was a part of the DU John Evans Study Committee which included a Final Evans Report and worked in partnership with the Sand Creek Tribal Descendants. In addition, in her free time she created a photographic movement called Real Life Indian, portraying portraits of DU Native Students and community members. She is working on her EdD at Morgridge College of Education.