Meet UCCS’ Vice Chancellor for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion finalists

UCCS will welcome three finalists for the position of Vice Chancellor for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion during the month of October.

In addition to personal and group interviews, the candidates will give campus-wide open forum presentations in a hybrid format lasting one hour. Faculty, staff and students are encouraged to attend and provide feedback after the presentation. Links to each hybrid session are below, and evaluation surveys will be provided to event attendees.

In addition, all members of the UCCS community are invited to meet-and-greets with each candidate during their visit.

“The role of Vice Chancellor for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion is critical for strengthening our culture of inclusive belonging at UCCS,” said Chancellor Venkat Reddy. “I am thrilled to welcome the three finalists for the position to campus. I invite our campus and community members to offer them a warm welcome as we get to know them throughout this month.”

Lynn Vidler, Dean of the College of Letters, Arts & Sciences, is serving as the chair of the search, made up of faculty, staff, students, alumni and community members. See the full search committee listing below.

Meet the Candidates

Louis Fletcher, Ph.D., Oct. 13–14
Pronouns: he/him/his

Louis L. Fletcher, Ph.D. was born in Washington, D.C., and he grew up in the city’s Anacostia neighborhood. Fletcher served as an officer in the United States Air Force for 20 years in locations such as Korea, Greece, France, Germany and various locations in the US; his final assignment was the founding Dean of the Advanced Space Operations School in Colorado Springs.

Fletcher is a Restorative Practice (RP) thought leader and advocate who has presented on RP nationally and internationally. His goal is to free people from the disputes they have with each other and the world at large, so that they can find peace, respect and love in their lives.

Fletcher is currently the Director of Culture and Services for El Paso County Colorado School District 49. He is responsible for developing and implementing district-wide education, outreach and training to promote a culture of inclusion, equity and respect. Prior to coming to District 49, he was the Chief Administrative Officer of Webster University’s Denver Metro Campus, where he led programs that resulted in active duty and retired veterans successfully achieving graduate degrees. He is also the former Regional Director for the Western Region of Troy University, where he was responsible for leading the academic programs offered at 10 campuses in the western United States and Northeast Asia.

Fletcher has experience as a professor at Howard University (HBCU), Webster University (private university), and Troy University (public University); therefore, he has worked with students and faculty from many different backgrounds. Fletcher now wants to leverage his experience and acumen in service to fostering diversity, equity, and inclusion at UCCS.

Cover Letter
Evaluation survey: Provided to event attendees

Campus Open Forum
Oct. 14, 9–10 a.m.
Live in Berger Hall and live-streamed

Meet and Greet: Faculty, staff and students welcome
Oct. 14, 12:40–1:40 p.m.
University Center 122

Mónica Russel y Rodríguez, Ph.D., Oct. 19–20
Pronouns: she/her/ella

Mónica Russel y Rodríguez is a faculty member in the Latina and Latino Studies Program and in the Department of Anthropology at Northwestern University. At Northwestern, she most recently served as the Assistant Provost for Diversity and Inclusion. There she provided institution-wide leadership for practitioners of diversity, equity, and inclusion on campus, assisted in staff affinity group formation including the Evanston OutNetwork and cohered qualitative and quantitative data on diversity and inclusion campus-wide initiatives. She created on-line communities of support in 2020 and led a collaborative effort to center racial justice in international research. For the past three years she engaged faculty, staff, and students in the annual commemoration of Martin Luther King and his vision of racial and economic justice. She most recently led an asset-based map of resources for neurodiverse students.

Prior to serving as Assistant Provost for Diversity and Inclusion, Russel y Rodríguez served as Associate Dean in the Weinberg College of Arts and Sciences. Prior to that assignment she led a multi-year effort to launch Northwestern’s Latina and Latino Studies Program, where she served as the inaugural director.

Russel y Rodríguez’s area of expertise is Chicana and Latina feminist theory. She applies this research in her administrative practices and in her activist work. Her academic writing is found in the American Ethnologist, the Chicana/ Latina Studies, the Journal of Latino Studies, and Qualitative Inquiry. She has more recently published in creative works in Chicana/ Indigenous spirituality practices. She was a Danforth Scholar and a Ford Foundation Diversity Fellow. She has won grants from the NSF, UCMexus, and most recently a FARA grant. She applies her work as a board member at the National Latina Institute for Reproductive Justice, where she serves on the executive committee. She was a board member of Teatro Luna, an all-Latina theater company based in Chicago.

Russel y Rodríguez was also a Fellow in the Institute for Educational Management at Harvard University. She has completed training in collaborative and participatory practices as well as training in conflict transformation. She is a member of the National Association of Diversity Officers in Higher Education (NADOHE).

Russel y Rodríguez is a native of Colorado. She earned her B.A. from Yale University, her Ph.D. from UCLA.

Cover Letter
Evaluation survey: Provided to event attendees

Meet and Greet: Faculty, staff and students welcome
Oct. 19, 3:40–4:40 p.m.
University Center 303

Campus Open Forum
Oct. 20, 9–10 a.m.
Live in Berger Hall and live-streamed

Rodmon King, Ph.D., Oct. 21–22
Pronouns: he/him/his

Rodmon King is Deputy Chief Diversity Officer at SUNY Administration as well as the Chief Diversity and Inclusion Officer and Interim Director of the Institute for Equity, Diversity, Inclusion and Transformative Practice at SUNY Oswego. He has dedicated his career to working with communities and empowering individuals to become agents of positive social change. For almost two decades, he has facilitated workshops and professional development sessions on diversity, community activism, full participation, structural inequality, microaggressions, implicit bias, unearned privilege, cultural humility, and non-violent communication.

He is a native of Rochester, New York. He earned his M.A and Ph.D. in Philosophy from the University of Rochester. He has a B.A. in Religion and Philosophy from Roberts Wesleyan College.

Before coming to SUNY Oswego in 2018, he served as Associate Vice President of Academic Affairs and Diversity Initiatives at Centre College. Prior to joining Centre College, he spent 10 years as a faculty member in the Department of Philosophy at Hobart and William Smith Colleges where he served as faculty advisor to Sankofa: The Black Student Union and one of the NAACP award winning co-founders of the community transformation initiative, Tools for Social Change.

In the past he has served on the steering committee for Consortium for Faculty Diversity and as Interim Chair of the American Philosophical Association Committee on the Status of Black Philosophers. Since 2019 he has served as the Chair of Mayor Barlow’s City-Campus Relations Committee. He is a member of the Upstate New York Higher Education Recruitment Consortium Advisory Board, the National Association of Diversity Officers in Higher Education, and Syracuse, New York NAACP.

Cover Letter
Evaluation survey: Provided to event attendees

Meet and Greet: Faculty, staff and students welcome
Oct. 21, 3:40–4:40 p.m.
Dwire Hall 204

Campus Open Forum
Oct. 22, 9–10 a.m.
Live in Berger Hall and live-streamed

Search Firm: WittKeiffer
Search Committee Members:

  • Lynn Vidler (chair), Dean of the College of Letters, Arts & Sciences 
  • Carlos García, Vice Chancellor of Student Affairs 
  • Stephany Rose Spaulding, Interim Associate Vice Chancellor for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion 
  • Antonio Farias, Vice Chancellor for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, CU Denver
  • Josh Dunn, Professor and Chair of the Department of Political Science and Director of the Center for the Study of Government and the Individual  
  • Heather Albanesi, Associate Professor and Interim Director of the Women’s and Ethnic Studies program 
  • Mary Hanson, Instructor of Teaching and Learning 
  • Sang-Yoon Chang, Assistant Professor of Computer Science 
  • Amanda Allee, Dean of Students 
  • Jesse Perez, Interim Director of the Excel Languages Center 
  • Miles Jones, Senator of Multicultural Affairs for the Student Government Association 
  • Danielle Summerville, Community Diversity and Outreach Programs Manager for the City of Colorado Springs 
  • Claire Ami, Business Services Professional for the Office of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion  
  • Ex-officio, Nate Byford, Director HR Operations

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