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Student Life's executive team provides administrative, strategic and organizational leadership for the division.

Johanna Leyba

Johanna Leyba

Associate Vice Chancellor for Campus Life & Inclusive Excellence
Executive Director
Center for Multicultural Excellence 
Email: Johanna.Leyba@du.edu

Biography

Johanna is a native of Denver, Colorado. She earned a BA in Sociology with an emphasis in ethnic and urban studies from Colorado College in 1994, with a thesis on Identity Formation of Mexican Origin People Living in the United States. In 2002, she earned a Master's degree in Urban and Regional Planning with an emphasis in Community Development from the University of Colorado at Denver.

 

Niki Latino

Niki Latino, Ph.D.

Interim Associate Vice Chancellor for Campus Life & Inclusive Excellence and Executive Director
Academic Resources
Email: niki.latino@du.edu

Departments

Academic Advising
Discoveries Orientation
Disability Services
Learning Effectiveness Program

Biography

Dr. Niki Latino is the Executive Director of Academic Resources (i.e., Academic Advising, Discoveries Orientation, Disability Services Program, and the Learning Effectiveness Program) 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.

Carl Johnson

Carl Johnson

Executive Director
Campus Life
Email: carl.johnson@du.edu

Departments

Driscoll Student Center
Parent and Family Relations
Student Activities
Student Conduct
Learning Outreach and Support

Jacaranda Palmateer

Jacaranda Palmateer, Psy.D.

Interim Executive Director, and Director of Counseling Services
Health & Counseling Center
Email: jacaranda.palmateer@du.edu

Departments

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

Biography

PsyD Clinical Psychology, University of Denver, 2005
MA Clinical Psychology, University of Denver, 2002
BA Psychology, Colgate University, 1997

Professional Interests: College Counseling, trauma, cognitive and personality assessment, ADHD, LDs, grief counseling, individual/group psychotherapy, couple's therapy, giftedness, psychodynamic treatment, eating disorders, Prolonged Exposure, DBT.

Professional Experience: Employed at DU HCC August 2004-August 2005, and August 2006- present. Completed other training experiences at UC Boulder's CAPS, and at Metro State University's counseling center. At DU's HCC, I have also coordinated the assessment, outreach and training programs prior to becoming director.

Kent Lebsack

Kent Lebsack

Director 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.

Tracey Adams-Peters

Tracey Adams-Peters, MA

Director of Undergraduate Student Success  
Center for Multicultural Excellence
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.  

Elise Milnes Chester

Elise Milnes Chester

Director of Communications & Special Projects 
Campus Life & Inclusive Excellence
Email: elise.milnes@du.edu

Biography

Elise Milnes Chester is the Director of Communications and Special Projects for the Campus Life & Inclusive Excellence division at the University of Denver. Elise has over 14 years of communications and marketing experience with over 11 years in higher education. She received her bachelor's in art for business administration with an emphasis in Marketing at Colorado State University in 2004. In 2006, she moved to south Florida where she earned her Master's Degree Business Administration from Nova Southeastern University.