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- University of Denver Office of Alumni Relations
- GSSW Alumni Association (email Trish Becker-Hafnor)
- Licensure and Continuing Professional Development
- 2013 Alumni Award recipients
- Alumni events
- GSSW's Stay Informed page for alumni (via the Penrose Library in the Academic Commons)
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SOCIAL WORK ORGANIZATIONS
- Colorado Society for Clinical Social Work
- Council on Social Work Education
- National Association of Social Workers—Colorado Chapter
- National Association of Social Workers—National
- Society for Social Work and Research
Regina Richards, MSW ’06, has been the director of the Office of Diversity and Inclusion at the University of Colorado School of Medicine since July 2009. She works to support the university’s efforts to create an inclusive community and campus through connections, collaboration and support.
Richards grew up in the Midwest and also had strong family ties to the South in the 1960s and 70s, so she is no stranger to the injustices that oppress minority communities in the United States. She experienced busing and school segregation, which provided her with a deep understanding of differences, community and social justice.
After moving from Indiana to Denver, Richards began working at Children’s Hospital Colorado where she was first introduced to agencies like the Department of Human Services. She began to develop skills in working with families, administration and child protection. During this time, her passion for social justice continued to grow, eventually leading her to pursue her MSW.
After graduating from GSSW, Regina became the executive director of Project WISE, a Denver nonprofit organization founded by GSSW alumni Sue Kenney (MSW ’79) and Professor Jean East (MSW ’79, PhD ’95). Project WISE, which helps women learn to advocate for themselves and their families, gave Richards the perfect opportunity to combine her administrative and social work skills.
Eventually Richards was recruited by the University of Colorado School of Medicine based on her background in medicine, ties to the community and ability to cultivate and value human capital, as well as her passion and understanding of social justice, equity, and diversity and inclusion practices. In her current role at the School of Medicine, she works in partnership with faculty, staff, students, residents and community partners to create an inclusive environment. These efforts include recruitment and retention of students, faculty, residents and staff from diverse backgrounds and rural communities.
Among her accomplishments, Richards co-founded the University of Colorado Organization for Racial and Ethnic Support, which supports faculty, residents, staff and students by providing mentorship, support and training. The group also hosts monthly community dinners.
Richards oversees strategic management of the school’s 2007 Diversity Plan, and she is co-leading the development of an updated diversity plan. She also provides training courses and, in partnership with the diversity director of the Kempe Center, has developed a diversity lunch- and-learn lecture series. These lectures focus on issues related to the LGBTQIA community, religious diversity, intersectionality and other topics of importance for equity work.
Additionally, Richards manages what she calls the “diversity pipeline” between the School of Medicine and University of Colorado Denver Downtown College of Liberal Arts and Sciences. The BA/BS-MD Program provides structured support for graduating high school students from diverse backgrounds so that they will earn their Bachelor’s degrees and ultimately become competitive medical school applicants. The program targets students from underrepresented and lower socio-economic communities, first generation college students and students from disadvantaged educational and/or financial backgrounds.
“The University of Denver provided me with the education and skill set for my career trajectory and for the position I hold now,” says Richards, who has been a GSSW adjunct professor for the past three years. She’s currently pursuing her PhD in social work as she continues to pursue her passion for social justice.
The University of Colorado presented Richards with its Outstanding Staff Award in May of 2013.
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(written by Rachel Burnett, MSW student)