Three seasoned DEI experts are joining CU Denver’s Center for Identity and Inclusion (CII), which falls under the umbrella of the Office for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion. These positions will focus on providing support and resources to enhance each student’s experience and nurture a sense of belonging and empowerment, as well as promoting a diverse and inclusive campus. Marcia Maxson will serve as CII coordinator, Aisury Vasquez will serve as CII Latinx Student Services director, and Jill Rubin will serve as director of the CII Women & Gender Center.
Vice Chancellor for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Antonio Farias, thanks the many students, staff, and faculty who served on search committees over the last few months to help hire a total of five new employees in the CII. “I’m incredibly grateful to all who served in the selection process and excited by the wonderful new colleagues we’re welcoming to the Center for Inclusion & Identity. A fully operational CII is vital to our ability to achieve our goal of becoming an Equity-Serving Institution,” Farias said. “The pools were highly qualified and diverse, due in great part to Business and HR Senior Professional Tawnya Boulier, who was instrumental in making sure the five searches CII underwent in the last three months were successful and conducted in a timely manner.”
Farias will be hosting an open house to introduce the new staff to the CU Denver community. Details will be shared in CU Denver News.
Born in Florida, CII Leadership Coordinator Marcia Maxson (she/Ella/لها) moved to Colorado when she emancipated from the foster care system. Maxson is a CU Denver alum who has been an enormous support for many students across the campus while working in Admissions, Student Life, and the School of Education and Human Development.
Maxson is passionate about social justice and committed to creating equitable pathways for students through sustainable solutions. When Maxson’s not supporting students or conducting research, you can find her scoping out local farmers’ markets, volunteering at food justice organizations, or trying to get lost somewhere in nature. She loves enjoying loose leaf tea, paddle boarding, and traveling.
Joined by her overly energetic pups and unbothered cat, CII Latinx Student Services Director Aisury Vasquez (she/ella) comes to Colorado from the Appalachian Mountains of West Virginia. Vasquez is skilled at assessing policy, challenging the status quo, and leading campus transformational efforts. Vasquez has had the opportunity to create radically inclusive educational spaces for historically marginalized students both internationally and domestically.
Prior to tackling roles advocating for equitable practices in higher education, Vasquez attempted to be a gardener, chicken farmer, and runner. When her dogs aren’t forcing her on multiple walks, Vasquez enjoys attending poetry slams, dancing, and refurbishing furniture.
CII Women & Gender Center Director Jill Rubin (she/hers) will join CU Denver from Florida this November. A graduate of Florida Atlantic University and Boston University, she has been on a path of gender unlearning and reimagination in university settings for the past six years. From teaching women’s studies and sexual health courses to overseeing the women and gender center, Rubin excels at making hard conversations accessible, necessary resources available, and gender education fun. She is also passionate about disrupting hierarchies through lifting, centering, and finding ways to strategically support student voices.
When she’s not working, Rubin enjoys cuddling her butterscotch pit bull, Maggie, drinking dark roast coffee, and blues dancing at all hours of the day.