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Campus Life and Inclusive Excellence's divisional leadership team provides administrative, strategic and organizational leadership for the division.

Niki Latino

Niki Latino, Ph.D.

Associate Vice Chancellor
Campus Life & Inclusive Excellence 
Email: niki.latino@du.edu

Biography

Dr. Niki Latino is the Associate Vice Chancellor of Campus Life & Inclusive Excellence at the University of Denver. She earned her doctorate in teaching and learning in higher education with a cognate in Diversity from the University of Denver in 2010. Her dissertation is entitled Unmasking Whiteness: A Framework for Understanding Inclusive Leadership at a PWI. Her research focus is on inclusive leadership with critical race theory and inclusive excellence embedded throughout.Dr. Latino also earned her Master’s Degree in College Student Development from the University of Denver in 2003.

Her passion is creating inclusive learning environments and equitable access to learning for all students. She also intentionally works in collaboration with colleagues to create seamless partnerships between faculty and staff educators. Her chapter Leadership at the intersection: A developmental framework for inclusive leaders in the upcoming handbook Campus intersections: A diversity and inclusion handbook for individuals and institutions in higher education is due out at the end of fall 2015. She was invited to write this chapter from the Associate Provost of Inclusion and Professor of Communications at Elon University based on her dissertation research.

Michael J. LaFarr

Michael J. LaFarr, Psy.D.

Executive Director
Health & Counseling Center
Email: michael.lafarr@du.edu

Departments

Administration
Center for Advocacy, Prevention, and Empowerment
Counseling
Health Promotions
Medical

Biography

PsyD Clinical Psychology, Massachusetts School of Professional Psychology, 2010
MA Higher Education Administration, University of Denver, 2008
BA Education, Johnson State College, 1993

Professional Interests: Health care disparity & access, health and wellness, college mental health, differences in learning, grief counseling, giftedness, psychodynamic treatment, sexual therapy, non-majority sexual orientation & transgender mental health.

Professional Experience: New member of the DU HCC May 2017. Former Executive Director of Health and Wellness at Brandeis University. Former Director of Student Affairs at the Harvard School of Public Health. Education and Health Promotion, Peace Corps of the United States, served in Mali, West Africa.

Kent Lebsack

Kent Lebsack

Assistant Vice Chancellor of Budget & Planning 
Campus Life & Inclusive Excellence
Email: kent.lebsack@du.edu

Biography

Kent is a native of Sterling, Colorado. He received his AA degree from Northeastern Jr College (Sterling, CO), his B.A. in Economics from Colorado State University and his MBA from Texas Tech University. He served as the Executive Vice President of statewide non-profits in Colorado, Connecticut and Washington state from 1991-2001. Kent came to DU in 2006 after serving nearly five years at the University of Colorado at Denver Anschutz Medical Campus. Kent is the chief budget, financial, human resources and risk management officer for the division. While reporting to the Vice Chancellor for Campus Life and Inclusive Excellence, Kent also has dotted line reporting to the Business and Financial affairs division.

Tonnett Luedtke

Tonnett Luedtke

Executive Director
Academic Resources
Email: tonnett.luedtke@du.edu

Departments

Academic Advising
Disability Services Program
Learning Effectiveness Program

Biography

As a first-generation college student, Tonnett knows firsthand the power of good advising in student retention and persistence. Tonnett believes strongly that engaging students in meaningful conversation helps them better connect with resources, identify their strengths, and move toward their goals.

Tonnett enjoys sharing her passion for holistic student development, regularly presenting on topics including having difficult conversations, developing resiliency, academic coaching, and inclusive excellence in academic advising. Most recently, her co-presentation "Helping Students Develop Bounce! Cultivating Resiliency" received the NACADA 2015 Best of Region award.

Originally from Texas, Tonnett earned a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from the University of Houston and Master of Arts in Higher Education from the University of Denver. In her life outside of DU, she enjoys spending time with her husband and two little boys. She is an avid runner, having completed one marathon and several half-marathons. Tonnett also enjoys spending time outdoors in Colorado's natural beauty.

Tracey Adams-Peters

Tracey Adams Johnson, MA

Executive Director  
Center for Multicultural Excellence (CME)
Email: Tracey.Peters@du.edu

Biography

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.

Heidi J. Perman

Heidi J. Perman, M.A.

Executive Director
Career & Professional Development
Email: Heidi.Perman@du.edu

Departments

Undergraduate Career & Professional Development
Graduate Career & Professional Development
Alumni Career & Professional Development

Biography

In her role, Heidi develops strategy to engage more students and alumni in Career & Professional Development activities. She also develops partnerships across campus to integrate career services into the student experience. Overall, Heidi's main goal is to ensure that there are quality services available to students and alumni of all backgrounds. She am passionate about helping others to be successful and she has a special passion for supporting diverse and first-generation students.

During her free time, Heidi enjoys hiking, traveling, and reading. She's also a big fan of football and the Minnesota Vikings. Heidi has a B.S. English Education from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and an M.A. in Educational Psychology, with an emphasis in Career Counseling & Higher Education from the University of Minnesota.