CU System Team
Judi A. Diaz Bonacquisti (she, her, hers)
Senior Diversity Officer
For more than 25 years Dr. Judi Diaz Bonacquisti has developed programs and policies to expand college access and advance students toward college degree completion. Diaz Bonacquisti has served as Senior Student Affairs Officer, Senior Enrollment Officer, and Senior Diversity Officer. She has a track record for advancing equity in education, particularly for students of color, first-generation students, undocumented students, and students from low-income backgrounds. Judi has served students at public and private colleges and universities with a range of academic offerings and admissions selectivity, and populations ranging from 4,000 to 24,000 students.
Dr. Diaz Bonacquisti has presented at numerous national conferences and has assisted in statewide policy development to advance the college completion agenda. She was appointed by Governor Hickenlooper to serve on the Educational Leadership Council and was nominated and jointly appointed by the State Board of Education and the Colorado Commission on Higher Education to serve on the Educational Success Task Force. She has been recognized by the Denver Business Journal as a winner of 40 under 40, is an alumna of both Harvard’s Institute for Management & Leadership in Education and Leadership Denver, and is a founding member of the Colorado Coalition for the Educational Advancement of Latinos.
Dr. Diaz Bonacquisti owns Bonacquisti Wine Company with her winemaker husband Paul Bonacquisti. She has engaged the winery in a number of partnerships with nonprofit organizations, especially those that support access, equity, and success in higher education. Bonacquisti Wine Company’s core philosophies have supported local education and local art since its inception in 2006.
Dora S. Frias (she, her, ella)
Director of DEI Strategic Initiatives
Dora S. Frias (she/her/ella) was the Director of El Centro at Colorado State University (CSU). Previously, Dora served as the Director of the Pride Resource Center at CSU and the Program Director of Latinx Student Services at the University of Colorado Denver. Dora was born in Durango, Mexico and grew up El Paso, TX. She earned her B.S. from Texas A&M University and her M.S. at Colorado State University in Student Affairs in Higher Education. Dora has worked as a physical and health educator in the K-12 educational system and has spent the last 12+ years working in Student Affairs and Higher Education, specializing in social justice education and advocating for underrepresented students on a variety of campuses across the country. She has served on leadership boards for several local and national organizations including Colorado Coalition for the Educational Advancement of Latinx (CoCEAL), and the ACPA Latinx Network. Dora has been a Co-Lead facilitator for the LeaderShape Institute, is a graduate of the Social Justice Training Institute and has been featured on a Higher Ed Live episode titled “LGBTQ + Latinx Issues in Student Affairs.” Through her work with students she hopes to create a community that fosters mutual respect, justice and equality for all. Outside of all that, she enjoys cooking, riding her Peloton, and spending time with her wife, their kiddo and family.
Vicky R McPheron (she, her, hers)
Vicky joined the University of Colorado System in August of 2017 as the Executive Assistant for the Vice President of Administration, Kathy Nesbitt. In May 2020, she also began supporting the Office of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion System office. Vicky is a seasoned Executive Assistant with over 25 years in the field. She has extensive experience with all administrative tasks, including scheduling, correspondence, event planning and project management. She previously worked for the National Conference of State Legislatures in the Criminal Justice program. Vicky graduated from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. She lives in Aurora and her son, Kyle, attends the University of Colorado-Boulder.