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Joshua Kaufman

Joshua Kaufman, Director


About Joshua

Joshua joined DSP from the Office of Academic Accessibility at the University of North Carolina Asheville where he was director and ADA coordinator. While in North Carolina he served in multiple roles that fostered and created a more inclusive and equitable experience for members of the campus and wider community. Some of his work included serving as President of the North Carolina Association on Higher Education and Disability, voting member of the Statewide Independent Living Council as well as Chair of the Policy Committee, lead the university in the creation of their first campus wide accessibility committee and partnered with the Humanities Program to embed the disability identity into their curriculum. He plans to bring his experiences and knowledge to the University of Denver to create a comprehensive approach to equitable access for students with disabilities thus enhancing all students experiences on campus. He has a BA in Psychology from Western State College in Gunnison, CO and a MS in Counseling and Human Development from Radford University in Radford, VA. In his free time Joshua is also an avid outdoorsman who enjoys kayaking, mountain biking, adventure motorcycling, and spending time with his partner and pets.

Paul Arithi

Paul Arithi, Associate Director


About Paul

Paul has a passion and firm belief that disability is not inability – with the right attitude, appropriate accommodations and hard work all students/adults with disabilities are able to attain their full academic potential and create a solid pathway to succeed in their current and future careers. Paul holds a postgraduate Certificate in Legal Studies from Metropolitan Community College in Omaha, NE, a Master of Arts in Teaching (Special Education) from Webster University, Saint Louis, MO, and a Bachelor of Education (Arts) from Kenyatta University, Nairobi, Kenya. For several years prior to coming to University of Denver, he worked as the Director, Disability Resource Center at Bellevue College in Bellevue, WA and a Disability Services Specialist at Bellevue University, in Bellevue, NE. Paul is also multilingual and has valuable teaching experience at the University level and both high school general education and special education. At the university level he has taught courses like One World: Many People, Many Cultures, Many Faiths; and at the high school level classes such as World Economic History, African History, and Kiswahili Language and Literature. Over the years, he has worked collaboratively with others to create inclusive educational environments for university students with disabilities. Also, he has extensive experience in interpreting and applying all disability laws in higher education, advocating for disability rights in education, assistive technology and media, universal design, instructional design, instructional methods, and curriculum design. Paul’s special interests are the areas of social justice and disability, disability laws, educational politics, diversity, multiculturalism, religion, international relations, peace-building, and conflict resolution. During his free time he enjoys spending time with his family and travelling to explore new places. He looks forward to sharing every aspect of his professional life and interests with the University of Denver community.

Beth Cartwright

Beth Cartwright, Business Coordinator


About Beth

Beth graduated from Virginia Commonwealth University with a Bachelor’s of Science Degree in Communications, Broadcast News. She moved to Colorado 22 years ago and started worked for Janus Funds, settling domestic and foreign trades. After her son, Jack was born, she stayed home for a time until she started working as a preschool teacher at Christ Lutheran Church Preschool, in Highlands Ranch and worked there for 15 years. Two years ago she started working as an Admissions Counselor for Southern New Hampshire University’s online degree programs. What she enjoyed most was working with students from all different walks of life and helping them in achieving their goals and dreams of getting their undergraduate degree. Beth loves to read, practice yoga, and loves spending time with her family and friends.

Alice Ordover

Alice Ordover, Accommodations Specialist

Ruffatto Hall #442

About Alice

Alice Ordover graduated from the University of Illinois with a degree in Educational Policy Studies. She has worked in nonprofit services for more than twenty years in the San Francisco Bay Area, Santa Cruz and New York. The programs she managed, developed and /or provided direct services, served people living with HIV Disease; psychiatric, cognitive, medical, physical and sensory disabilities; and addiction. Her passion for civil rights/social justice for the disability community was ignited when she began her work at Independent Living Resource Center San Francisco, where she had oversight of housing, assistive technology, benefits, employment, transportation, information and referral, peer counseling, and Chinese and Latino services. The agency embraced Independent Living philosophy – supporting consumer education, decision making, and management of one’s own resources. She has also provided training and technical assistance to HIV housing services providers in New York during her tenure at the Center for Urban Community Services.

Emily Hirsch

Emily Hirsch, Accommodations Specialist

Ruffatto Hall #444

About Emily

Emily has worked in the education and non-profit sector in the Denver Metro Area for the past several years. Emily has worked directly with students with disabilities to make the transition from high school to college and learn how to self-advocate for themselves on a college campus. She started her professional and educational career earning her bachelor’s degree in Family Studies and Human Development at the University of Arizona. Shortly after moving to Denver, Emily started working at the Colorado “I Have a Dream” Foundation providing in depth case management to a class of students focusing on social emotional support and career/college readiness for four years. Emily became very passionate about helping all students gain access to an equitable education. After graduating her class of students at the Colorado “I Have a Dream” Foundation, Emily began working with Denver Public Schools working as an Employment Specialist with the School to Work Alliance Program for three years. She gained firsthand experience supporting students with disabilities to reach their career and educational goals through work base learning opportunities.

Emily is excited to work in DSP at DU supporting students to learn how to advocate themselves on a college campus and take ownership of their accommodations. In her free time Emily likes to spend time outside mountain biking, skiing, and hiking with her dog. Emily looks forward to meeting with you and supporting your educational journey here at DU.

Eileen Fair

Eileen Fair, Accommodations Specialist

Ruffatto Hall #441

About Eileen

Eileen began learning about accessibility in everyday life from two important people, a Deaf friend she met in grade school and her grandpa who became blind later in life when she was six years old. Learning small phrases in American Sign Language (ASL) from this friend instilled a passion for the language and spending time with her grandpa gave her a desire to work with those who have vision loss. From these experiences Eileen decided to pursue a Bachelor's in ASL/ Psychology from Northeastern University (NU) in Boston. After completing her bachelor's program, Eileen worked at Beverly School for the Deaf (BSD) as a Bilingual Paraprofessional supporting students with a range of abilities and sound access. After working at BSD, Eileen took a leap to move forward with completing a Master's in Social Work from the University of Denver. Eileen also completed the Graduate Certificate of Animal Assisted Social Work through the Graduate School of Social Work with a passion to better understand how animals can positively impact individual's mental health. After graduating from DU, Eileen then began to work as a Student Success Counselor at Colorado State University Global while also providing assistance in their Disability Services Office.

Eileen's experiences have provided her with an enthusiasm and passion to assist in working to make the world a more accessible place. Eileen is also a PRN therapist at an inpatient behavioral health organization which allows Eileen to bring empathy, understanding, care, options, and solution- focused thinking for those she connects with. In Eileen's free time, she loves to hike, explore new places in Colorado as well as different countries, and brush up on her German language skills. Eileen very much looks forward to meeting you!

Mary-Beth Rose

Mary-Beth Rose, Academic Testing Coordinator

Ruffatto Hall #446
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About Mary-Beth

Mary-Beth began working as the Academic Testing Coordinator in October 2014 after spending one year as the administrative assistant in DSP. Mary-Beth loves to hike, do woodworking in her spare time, and spend time with her daughter and husband.