Diversity & Excellence Grants Past Recipients

2017

CU Boulder

Diverse Learners Awareness Week
Alaina Beaver & Jill Sieben-Schneider

Empowering Physics students to promote inclusive excellence at CU: Innovation and Iteration of CU Prime Diversity Workshops
Dimitri Dounas-Frazer, Simone Hyater-Adams & Katherine Rainey

Celebrating the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous People
Carla Fredricks

Engaging Networks and Ecologies: Conference on Community Writing
Veronica House

CU Diversity on Campus 2017: Continuing a three-campus collaboration to prepare grad student instructors for diverse classrooms
Marcia Yonemoto, Adam Blanford, Margaret Wood, David Engelke & Inge Wefes
 

CU Denver

Classroom to Community: Furthering Culturally and Linguistically Responsive Teaching among Novice Teachers and Teacher Residency Students
Chris Carson, Nicole Sager, Luis Poza, Elizabeth Mahon & Tania Hogan

ISCORE - International Scholar Collaborative Opportunities for Research Exchange
Cristina Cenciarelli, John Sunnygard & Charles Ferguson

Tribal and Indigenous Student Participation in a New CU Denver Certificate Program, “Environmental Stewardship of Indigenous Lands” (ESIL)
Timberley Roane & David Mays
 

CU Anschutz Medical Campus

health Professions opportunity day (hPod): Bridging Middle and High School Students to Health Careers
Vicky Saulsberry & Abenicio Real

Holocaust Genocide and Contemporary Bioethics Program
Matthew Wynia

 

UCCS

Preparing Cooperating Teachers to be Effective Mentors to Teacher Candidates Completing the B.A. in Inclusive Elementary Education in Diverse settings
Barbara Frye

Bridging the Gap: A Peer Mentoring Program for Summer Bridge Freshmen
Barbara Gaddis & Karen Bisset

Improving healthcare student understanding of older adults through a masked educator innovative simulation
Judith Martin Scott & Lynn Phillips

THEATREWORKS: Theatre education and outreach to rural communities, in collaboration with the College of Education
Julie Maykowski

2016

CU Boulder

CU-Diversity on Campus: A Three-Campus Collaboration to Prepare Graduate Student Instructors for Diverse Classrooms
Laura L. B. Border & Donna Sobel

Diverse Learners Awareness Week
Alaina Beaver & Jill Sieben-Schneider

Intersections, Stories, Voice: Expressions of Young People’s Resilience
Tori Derr, Jennifer Douglas-Larsson, Tim Z. Hernandez, Mara Mintzer, Alea Richmond, & Shawhin Roudbari

Multi-Campus Women in Science and Engineering Software Carpentry Workshops
Andrew Johnson, Shelley Knuth, Tobin Magle, Mariela Perignon, Shea Swauger, & Leah Wasser

UCCS 

John Douglas Thompson--On Stage and in the Classroom
Caitlin Green

Training Future Researchers: Assessing cognition in Diverse Adults with Diabetes
Leilani Feliciano & Hasker Davis

CU Anschutz Medical Campus

health Professions opportunity day (hPod): Bridging Middle and High School Students to Health Careers
Abenicio Real & Vicky Saulsberry

Improving Education on Diversity Issues in Public Health
Carol Runyan, Jan Gascoigne, & Carolyn DiGuiseppi

Leadership Education for Aspiring Doctors (LEAD): Creating the next generation of minority leaders in health systems management
Amira del Pino-Jones, Darlene Tad-Y, Emilie Keeton, & Jeffrey Glasheen

MCAT Study Academy: A Collaborative Approach to MCAT Preparation
Beshoy Tawfik, Christian Valtierra, & Kevin Kim

“Myrtle’s List:” Patient-Provider Empowerment Workshops
Janet Meredith & Margaret Brawley

CU Denver

Indigenous Knowledge Series at the University of Colorado: Strengthening inclusive campuses through Indigenous research, perspectives, and pedagogies
Deborah Hunt & Mary Sommerville

Providing the Foundations for the ‘Colorado Organization for the Advancement of Diverse Scholars in Science – CU Denver’, Annual Seminar and Outreach Activities
Marino Resendiz

Scholarship Funding for The Wildlife Experience at CU South Denver
Erin Kendall & Samantha Moreno

2015

CU Boulder

The Consumers and the Law Project
Amy Jean Schmitz & Laurence Ian Gendelman

Connect!  Program for Writing & Rhetoric: 2015 Undergraduate Diversity Conference
Tracy Ferrell, Andrea Feldman, & James Walker

Visit from Claudia Rankine
Ruth Ellen Kocher

Globalizing Gender and Sexual Diversity: LGBTQ Studies and GLBTQ RC’s 20th Anniversary Lecture Series
Scarlet Bowen

[UN]W.R.A.P.: No Boundaries
Gesel Mason

UCCS

Pikes Peak Sign Language Interpreting Festival: A Celebration of Appreciation
Elizabeth Hanlon

THEATREWORKS presents Samuel Beckett’s Happy Days
Drew Martorella

Sowing Seeds: Native American Views on Sustainability Lecture Series
Janice Gould

Enhancing Inclusivity Through Course Co-Facilitators
Lissanna Follari

CU Anschutz Medical Campus

Pipeline Initiatives to Increase Diversity in Emergency Medicine
Dowin Boatright, Java Tunson, Stephanie Oberfoell, Jennifer Zhan, & Zach Jarou

Integrating Tolerance of Ambiguity and Cultural Sensitivity into the Multi-Mini Interview (MMI)
Nichole Zehnder, Janet Corral, W. Vidal Dickerson, & Maureen Garrity

Refugee Youth from Burma Project
Janet Meredith & Margaret Brawley

Health Professions opportunity day (hPod): Bridging Middle and High School Students to Health Careers
Abencio Real & Vicky Saulsberry

CU Denver

A Pathway2Teaching for Native American Youth
Margarita Bianco

Rising Leaders in Education Awards Program
Jason Clark

Increasing Leadership Diversity in the Public and Nonprofit Sectors: The Latino Leadership Recruitment Initiative at SPA
Kelly Hupfeld & Antoinette Sandoval

First Generation Student and Family Reception and Workshops
Leah Novak & Teresa DeHerrera

2014

CU Boulder

Diversifying Math: Increasing the number of successful students from traditionally underrepresented groups in CU Boulder’s Mathematics Ph.D. program
Judith Packer, Anca Radulescu & Robert Tubbs

Alliance: PWR 2014 Undergraduate Diversity Conference
Tracy Ferrell, Andrea Feldman, James Walker, Frances Charteris & Michael Ennis

Critical Civic Inquiry Summer Institute
Ben Kirshner, Elizabeth Mendoza & Carlos Hipolito-Delgado

CU-LEAD Alliance Student Symposium: “Developing Scholar-Citizens for the 21st Century”: An Integrative Inclusive Excellence Model
Corinna Rohse, Sheryl Koutsis, LaRuth McAfee & May Penuela

Students Enriching Communities (STEM) Summer Program: Miracles of Mentorship and Medicine*
Sophie Low, Dominic Martinez, Jim Do & Tina Do
     *This project is a collaboration between units located at CU Boulder and CU Anschutz Medical Campus.

UCCS

Increasing the Interest in STEM Learning: An After School and Summer Program for Deerfield Hills Community Center
Jason DaLee

Leveling the Playing Field: Creating Best Practice in Notetaking Services for Students with Disabilities
Elizabeth Hanlon & Kellie Alves

Creative Collaborations: Utilizing peer mentoring to improve student-veteran college adjustment and success
Phillip Morris & Heather Kling

CU Anschutz Medical Campus

Molecular Technology Training Course: A laboratory toolbox to recruit diverse students to the biomedical sciences and healthcare professions
Leslie Palacios-Helgeson

Office of Inclusion and Outreach MCAT Study Academy
Christian Valtierra, Nate Dusto & Jim Do

CU Denver

Diverse Teacher Pipeline with Local Urban Schools
Jason Clark & Cindy Gutierrez

Digital Storytelling Designed to Improve Diversity-Related Course and Program Content
Marty Otanez, Evelinn Borrayo, Charlene Barrientos Ortiz & Donica Snyder

Pre-Collegiate Middle School Summer Academic Program
Larry Armenta & Leslie Ramirez

2013

CU Boulder

CU-LEAD Alliance Annual Student Symposium: Synthesizing High Impact Practices for First Generation and Underrepresented Students Through Interdisciplinary Engagement and Dialogue
Valerie Gallegos, Sheryl Koutsis, May Penuela, LaRuth McAfee & Rob Pyatt

Giving Youth a Voice: Paring Photography and Word to Strengthen the Voice of Latino Youth on the City of Boulder
Tori Derr, Alex Zinga & Rebecca Stumpf

Broadening Participation of Blind Students in Computer Science at CU through Scalable Game Design
Tom Yeh, Alex Repinning & Clayton Lewis

Library on Video Tutorial Hub for International Students
Xiang Li & Laura Burfield

TRANSforming Gender Symposium
Scarlet Bowen

Pathway to CU: Creating Opportunities in Engineering through Denver Area Youth Programs
Tanya Ennis & Beverly Louie

An Empirically Supported Video Intervention to Promote an Inclusive Climate at CU
Glenda Russell

Dynamics of Inclusion
Tracy Ferrell, Andrea Feldman, James Walker, Frances Charteris & Olivia Chadha

UCCS

Pueblo First-Generation Scholars Program
Josephine Benavidez

Documentation: Exhibit & Related Programs
Daisy McConnel

Exploring the African Diaspora through Traditional and Contemporary Guinean
Jane Rigler

Dance & Music America's Backyards
Caitlin Green

CU Anschutz Medical Campus

MCAT Academy Learning Style Based Approach
Christian Valtierra, Ian Abeyta & Jim Do

Health Professions Opportunity Day (hPod): Bridging Middle School and High School Health Careers
Larry Armenta & Dominic Martinez

Student Academic Success Center (SASC) Pre-Health Community Scholars Program and Students Enriching Communities (STEM) Summer Program
Dominic Martinez, Sophie Low, Jim Do & Olga Chesnokova

Molecular Technology Boot Camp: Building a molecular toolbox to enlighten and empower
Leslie Palacios-Helgeson

CU Denver

Summer Bridge Program
Omar Montgomery & Donna Langston

Including our housekeepers: Basic computers, written Spanish/English, Great World Cinema
Andres Lema-Hincapie

The Ivory Tower of Babel: Linguistic Diversity and the American University
Philip Joseph

Community College Urban Education Pipeline Initiative
Jason Clark, Shelley Zion, Aswad Allen, TJ Cole, Rebecca Martinez & Jeannine Carter

2012

CU Anschutz Medical Campus

Student Academic Services Center (SASC) Pre-Health Community Scholars Program Bridge Program to the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus
Jim Do, Office of Diversity and Inclusion, AMC Christian Valtierra, Office of Diversity and Inclusion, AMC

CU Denver

Better Together: Engaging Stakeholders at the Convergence of Education and Health in Urban Communities
Shelley Zion, Suzanne Arnold, Antwan Jefferson, Jenna Ream, Hannah Withrow, Ashley Babjack The CRUE Center in the School of Education and Human Development at the University of Colorado Denver

Diversifying Global Education: Building an Inclusive Global Education Culture at CU Denver
John Sunnygard, Director of Global Education, University of Colorado Denver Teresa DeHerrera, Director TRiO, University of Colorado Denver Jessica Greenbaum, Asia Study Abroad Coordinator, University of Colorado Denver Meghan Zafuto, Study Abroad Coordinator, University of Colorado Denver

R.I.S.E. Mentoring Program Resources, Information, Support and Engagement
Sam Kim and James Speed Educational Opportunity Programs University of Colorado Denver

University of Colorado Denver Summer Bridge Program
Omar Montgomery, Black Student Services, University of Colorado Denver Donna Langston, Ethnic Studies Department, University of Colorado Denver

Recruiting, Supporting and Retaining Students from Diverse Backgrounds in Urban Community Teacher Education
Kara Mitchell, Cindy Gutierrez, Antwan Jefferson Cheryl Matias, John McDermott Urban Community Teacher Education University of Colorado Denver

UCCS

A Multidisciplinary Approach to Culturally Congruent Practice: A Collaboration between University of Colorado at Colorado Springs; Beth-El College of Nursing, and Kaiser Permanente Colorado’s Care Equity Project
Barbara Joyce, University of Colorado Colorado Springs Jada Roberts, Kaiser Permanente Sylvia Kamau-Small, Kaiser Permanente

H2O: Water, Culture & Politics
Daisy McConnell Galleries of Contemporary Art University of Colorado Colorado Springs

LGBT Artist in Residence, Philip Blackburn, as part of the 2nd Annual Peak Frequency Sonic Arts Festival
Jane Rigler VAPA - Music Program University of Colorado Colorado Springs

Creating Urban Readers and Apprentices (CURA): A reading mentorship partnership between the university and secondary schools with diverse population
Monica S. Yoo College of Education University of Colorado Colorado Springs

2011

No awards were distributed this year

2010

CU Anschutz Medical Campus

Bridge to Dentistry – A P-20 Initiative
Eugene Brooks, School of Dental Medicine, AMC
Christian Valtierra, Office of Diversity and Inclusion, AMC

CU Boulder

Psychological Health and Psychiatry: Offering culturally relevant mental health services through the convergence of psychosocial and cultural factors
Dellena Aguilar, Wardenburg Health Center, UCB

The Colorado Advantage: A graduate preview weekend
Barbara Kraus, Biology, UCB
Jana Watson-Capps, Chemistry and Molecular Biology, UCB

CU Research at the Speed of Light: A faculty-outreach partnership to engage underrepresented students with electromagnetism
Stacey Forsyth, Science Discovery, UCB
Juliet Gopinath, Electrical, Computer and Energy Engineering, UCB

Undergraduate Involvement in Informal Science Activities for Middle School Children
Noah Finkelstein, Physics, UCB
Laurel Mayhew, JILA, UCB

UCCS

PLACES (Fall 2011 Collection at Gallery of Contemporary Arts)
Caitlin Green, Gallery of Contemporary Art, UCCS

Sephardic Memory and Movement: The Spanish Jewish Diaspora and Its Cultural and Artistic Contributions to the American Southwest
Roger Martinez, PhD, History, UCCS

Poetry for the People at UCCS
Kirsten Bartholomew Ortega, English, UCCS

The Colorado Coalition of Blacks in Higher Education
Susan Harvey, Black Student Union, UCCS
Stephany Spaulding, PhD, Women’s and Ethnic Studies, UCCS

CU Denver

Opening Pathways to Teaching: A Collaborative Pipeline Project for Diverse Future Teachers
Margarita Bianco, School of Education and Human Development, UCD
Danny Martinez, CU Succeed Programs, UCD

Pre-Collegiate Middle School Summer Academic Program
Larry Armenta, Pre-Collegiate Development Program, UCD
Junior Reina, Pre-Collegiate Development Program, UCD

Community College Non-Traditional Student Transfer Ambassador Program
Theresa Gutierrez, Native American Student Services, UCD
Sam Kim, Asian Student Services, UCD
Angela Marquez, Hispanic Student Services, UCD
Omar Montgomery, Black Student Services, UCD

Narrative and Counter-narrative in the Debate about Urban School reform
Suzanne Arnold, Education and Human Development, UCD
Ashley Babjack, Education and Human Development, UCD
Antwan Jefferson, Education and Human Development, UCD
Jenna Ream, Education and Human Development, UCD
Hannah Withrow, Education and Human Development, UCD
Shelley Zion, Education and Human Development, UCD

2009

CU Boulder

Engineering for a Day for Underrepresented High School Students
Karen King, College of Engineering and Applied Sciences
Nathan Wright, College of Engineering and Applied Sciences

Engineering Success Institute for Underrepresented High School Students—Continuing to Help Students Realize Their Dreams
Jacquelyn Sullivan, Integrated Teaching and Learning Program
MalindaZarske, College of Engineering and Applied Science

Residency for Koo Nimo and His Adadam Agofomma & Guest Performance in the 9th Annual Highlife Concert
Kwasi Ampene, College of Music

Undergraduate Involvement in Informal Science Activities for K12 Children
Laurel Mayhew, Joint Institute for Laboratory Astrophysics
Noah
Finkelstein, Physics Department

UCCS

UCCS Disability Awareness Festivals 2009
Cynthia Barram, UCCS Student
Christine Dellacroce, Information Technology
Ida Dilwood, Disability Services
Steve Linhart, Office of the Dean of Students

UCD

Connections and Conflicts: Disability Studies and Modern Eugenics ~ Dr. Rosemarie Garland-Thomson & Disability Screening
Amy Vidali, English Department

5th Annual Night of Cuban Music
Peter Ellingson, Music and Entertainment Industry Studies
Thomas VanSchoick, Music and Entertainment Industry Studies

Pipeline to Success-A Post-Baccalaureate Program for Dental Medicine
Eugene Brooks, School of Dental Medicine
Kimberly Marshall, School of Dental Medicine

RandyKluender, School of Dental Medicine 

Linking Health Professional Students to Aurora LIGHTS Middle School Health and Science Summer Camp
Allegra Melillo, Colorado Area Health Education Center (AHEC); Beth Ingram, Colorado Area Health Education Center (AHEC)

2008

UCB

ESL Courses for Classified Staff
Heather A. Beasley, Anderson Language Technology Center

The CU Community Energy Connections Project
Robert Hall, Environmental Center; Julie Hayes, undergraduate student, Puksta Scholar; and Megan Murphy, graduate student, Sociology

Pre-Health Community Scholars Bridge Program
Sophie Low, McNeill Academic Program; and Dominic Martinez, HSC Office of Diversity

Academy of Urban Learning Student Interns in Science Discovery’s Summer Class Program: A Workforce Development ProjectImpacting Economically and Socially Disadvantaged High School Students
Barbara Monday, Science Discovery Center

Engineering Success Institute for Underrepresented High School Students
Jacquelyn F. Sullivan, Integrated Teaching and Learning Program; and Malinda S. Zarske, College of Engineering and Applied Science

UCCS

Quality and Excellence Community Learning Series
Catherine Kelly College of Education; Yvonne Bogard, College of Education; and LaVonne Neal, College of Education

The “Big Idea” Workshop: Building Inclusiveness at UCCS through Diversity Education
Christin Jimenez, Department of History

People to Parks: Enhancing Education and Diversity Through Place-Based Learning
Kimbra Leigh Smith, Department of Anthropology; and Michael Larkin, Geography and Environmental Sciences

UCD

Women Writing War
Catherine Wiley, Department of English

Diversity Engagement and Enrichment Program
Pete Wolfe, School of Nursing

Diversifying the Field of Urban Planning: Creating a Strategy for Minority Student Recruitment and Retention within the Masters of Urban and Regional Planning Program
Pamela Wridt, Department of Planning and Design

2007

CU Boulder

Residency for the West African Percussion Trio and Guest Performance in the 7th Annual Highlife Concert
Kwasi Ampene, College of Music

Youth Participation in Policy Making: A Partnership Between the School of Education and Two Denver Youth Organizations
Ben Kirshner, School of Education

Computers for Youth Project
​Dave Newport & Jack DeBell, CU Environmental Center

UCCS

Native American Rhetorics in Theory and Practice: Integrating Diversity across First-Year Writing Curricula and Instruction
Debra Frank Dew, Writing Program

Improving Retention of Hispanic Students through the Hispanic Emerging Leader Peers (HELP) Program
Barbara Gaddis & Anthony Cordova, Office of Student Multicultural Affairs

Integrating Culturally Responsive Teaching into the UCCS College of Education, Campus, and Community
LaVonne Neal & Kyla Hammond, College of Education

Denver & Health Sciences Center

Comprehensive Health Disparities Training for First Year Medical Students
Lynne T. Bemis, Ade Taiwo, & Rose Montoya, School of Medicine

Death and Dying: Cultural, Spiritual and Professional Perspectives
Joann Brennan, College of Arts and Media, Charles M. Musiba, Department of Anthropology, & Stacy Fischer, Division of Health Care Policy and Research [in collaboration with Paula E. Cushing, Curator at the Denver Museum of Nature and Science, and local Chicano artist Jerry Vigil]

Evidence and Ethnicity: Application of Cognitive Behavior Therapy to the Hispanic Patient
Josette G. Harris & Alexis Giese, School of Medicine

Student Ambassador Program for Black Student Services
Omar Montgomery, Black Student Services, & Sharon Simmons, Office of Admissions

Opening the Doors for Rural Students to Enter the Health Care Pipeline
John M. Westfall, School of Medicine, & Kristina Wenzel, Central Colorado Area Health Education Center

Diversity Engagement & Enrichment Program
Pete Wolfe, School of Nursing

 

2006

Re-Imagining the Lower Ninth Ward
Austin Allen, Department of Landscape Architecture, UCDHSC

Community Arts Initiative
Laura Cuetara, Department of Theater, Film and Video Production, UCDHSC

Diversity Leadership Workshop
Diversity Alliance Committee, UCCS

Nutrition and Nursing: A Service-Learning Nutrition Pharmacy Course
Catherine Jarvis, School of Pharmacy, UCDHSC

Increasing Inclusion in Research: Making Informed Consent Possible for Persons with Low Literacy
Yvonne Keller-Guenther, School of Medicine, UCDHSC

Youth Participation in Policy Making: A Partnership between the School of Education and a Denver Youth Organization
Ben Kirshner, School of Education, UCB

Assessing the Climate: A Critical Step in Implementing the School of Medicine Diversity Plan
Steve Lowenstein, Regina Kilkenny, & Gwen Hill, School of Medicine, UCDHSC

Accuracy, Fairness, Balance: Training Future Journalists of Color, Moving Beyond Rhetoric to Representation
Kirby Moss & David Martinez, School of Journalism and Mass Communication, UCBThe School of Journalism and Mass Communication will partner with The R

Integrating Culturally Responsive Teaching into UCCS College Education
LaVonne Neal, College of Education, UCCS

Diversity Programming Series
Althea Redd & Ellen Greenblatt, Co-Chairs Auraria Library Diversity Committee, UCDHSC Auraria Library

Building and Growing on Common Ground: A Community Garden Design-Build Project
Fahriye Sancar & Ian Bates, Department of Planning and Design, UCDHSC

Staff Resource Guide
Staff Council Diversity Committee, UCDHSC

Enhancing Cultural Sensitivity for Oral Health Care Providers
Terri Tillis, School of Dentistry, UCDHSC

 

2005

Understanding the Landscape: Assessing Medical Students’ Cultural Competency, UCDHSC Fitzsimons School of Medicine
Gwyn Barley, Angela Sauaia, & Adah Chung

A Workshop Designed for Leaders within Diverse Communities and Campus Groups UCCS Offices of Campus Life, Graduate Student Recruitment, Student Multicultural Affairs, & Engineering and Applied Sciences Office of Student Support
Diversity Alliance Committee

Curriculum Diversity Review and Infusion UCDHSC Downtown Denver School of Education
Rene Galindo

Creating a Portal Website Serving Gay Lesbian Bisexual Transgender Intersex Issues for the Entire CU Community CU System Faculty Council
Gay/Lesbian/Bisexual/Transgender/Intersex Committee

Auraria Library Diversity Programming Series UCDHSC Downtown Denver/ Auraria Library Diversity Committee
Althea Redd & Ellen Greenblatt

Infusing Diversity and Inclusion as a Core Value in the College of Arts & Media UCDHSC Downtown Denver College of Arts and Media
Clark Strickland

Building Affordable Housing in a University Without Walls: A Design-Build Studio for Undergraduate Students in Partnership with the Community” UCB College of Architecture and Planning
Willem Van Vliet & Michael Hughesu

Spanish and Laotian Language Access to University Policy and Announcements UCB Office of Diversity & Equity
Christine Yoshinaga-Itano, Mark Augustin, Omaira Bankston, Monteith Mitchell, Mary Ann Sergeant, & Amanda McKee