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IEE provides students with information, skills, and opportunities for constructive engagement across difference, in support of CLIE and the University's larger missions.

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Thomas Walker, PhD
Director

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Thomas previously served as the Assistant Director of Arizona State University's (since closed) Intergroup Relations Center, where he coordinated diversity education programs, provided social justice training, and served as a diversity consultant for the ASU and larger community. While at ASU, he also served as liaison to the LGBTIQ communities, as Tempe campus Classified Staff Council president, as advisor to several student organizations, and as text-on-tape volunteer reader with Disability Services.

more about Thomas

He has been engaged in the diversity and social justice field for three decades, working with NCCJ-Anytown, the National Coalition-Building Institute, the Southern Institute for Education and Research, C Harris Companies, Inc, the Social Justice Training Institute, and the University of Michigan-based Multiversity Intergroup Dialogue (MIGR) Research Project. At ASU, he taught public speaking, small group communication, intro to communication, intro to intergroup relations, and intergroup dialogues. At DU, he's taught for the undergraduate Compass First-Year pilot and International Living and Learning Community and the graduate Higher Education programs. He currently serves as reviewer for and on the Editorial Board of the Journal of Diversity in Higher Education .

Thomas studied at the University of Manchester (England), completed his bachelor's degree in Interpersonal and Group Communication at Tulane University, and earned both his master's and doctorate in Intercultural Communication at Arizona State University.

Thomas' DU Portfolio site | LinkedIn profile


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Neda Kikhia
DU DialogUes Program Manager
303.871.2037 | Email

Neda joined the DU community once again as the Program Manager for the DU DialogUes program, adding staff to a list of student, campus leader, and alumn. Trained in Community Organizing, Neda looks for opportunities, events, and programming that focus on elevating the voices and stories of people that move folks to action. She is a Colorado local who is passionate about community engagement and its potential to initiate sustainable community change. She is an avid podcast listener, travel enthusiast, and spoken word fanatic.

more about Neda

While at DU for her bachelor’s, Neda pursed a double major in Communication Studies and Religious Studies, with a minor in Leadership Studies. She also studied at Koç University in Istanbul, Turkey and will gush about the city, the country, its history, and much more immediately upon it coming up in conversation. She is currently pursing her Masters in Communication Studies with a focus on US Immigrant Narratives and the Muslim Community. Between her studies, Neda worked in College Access and Youth Leadership Programs with focuses on social and environmental justice, as well as educational programming. She most recently came from managing Events and Outreach for The Spring Institute, a Denver-based nonprofit that is a nationally recognized provider of effective intercultural learning programs and services for immigrant, refugee, and host communities. Neda also worked as the Community Outreach Coordinator with a local foundation called the Philanthropiece Foundation where she focused and organized on Climate Justice, Indigenous Rights, and Immigrant Rights. Neda is a certified speaker for the Colorado Muslim Speakers Bureau (CMSB), a non-profit organization that gives educational presentations about American-Muslims and their faith as a means of promoting religious literacy, mutual respect, and understanding. Ultimately, Neda is excited to be joining DU once again, and can be found at local coffee shops such as Kaladi's.

Neda’s LinkedIn profile


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Franklin Hughes, BA
Graduate Coordinator / AllGender Community

Franklin earned a BA in Political Science at the University of North Dakota and joined the University of Denver’s community in 2018. He is pursuing an MA in International Studies at the Josef Korbel School of International Studies, as well as a Religious Studies and International Studies certificate. With experience in grounded Congressional offices and on the campaign trail, Franklin thrives on meeting new people and discussing difficult issues in politics, theology, and philosophy all over your drink of choice.


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Manda Wittebort, BA
Graduate Coordinator / GlobalRes Community

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Manda earned a BA in Developmental Psychology from Rollins College where she found a sense of purpose and belonging through the Center for Community Engagement & Leadership, as well as the Child Development Center. After graduating Manda went on to engage in national and international youth-centered positions. She served two years in Baton Rouge schools as a CityYear AmeriCorps member, focusing on socioemotional interventions and youth engagement. She then served in the Peace Corps Youth & Families sector, which taught her the necessity of co-creating reciprocal partnerships that center the experience and knowledge of youth and communities themselves. As an educator, she is committed to leveraging student voice and flattening power structures through policies and shared visions with students. She is now pursuing a Master's in Higher Education to invest in the role higher education has in community(ies) development. She hopes to support future leaders in becoming self aware and socially responsible. She wants to be part of movements to remove barriers, disrupt oppressive systems and invest in ALL students' capacity to transform society. Manda thrives off connecting with people, learning and unlearning and engaging in meaningful conversations with loved ones.


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Ping Robert
Resource Coordinator

Ping is a year 3 PhD student in Educational Leadership & Policy Studies. Having an international background and multilingual aspect, she is sensitive with differences between cultures and eager to learn more about each facet of the diversity here at DU. Besides the academics, she is also a Mandarin and ESL teacher. She loves movies, stage dramas, music, cooking and power walks.


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Laura Beltran
Program Assistant

Laura is a second-year undergraduate student at DU. She plans to major in Finance with a minor in real estate.

 

 


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Jessica Rangel
Program Assistant

Jessica is second year undergrad student here at DU who is currently majoring in Communications and minoring in Marketing. She's always had a passion to create change and hopes she can do that here.