About Us

The Office of Access & Transitions staff members bring diverse backgrounds, educations, and experience together in a shared dedication to ensuring underrepresented groups achieve success at DU. Through pre-college and college student success programs, scholarship help, resources for undocumented students, and more, we strive to create opportunities for marginalized students to build community, make the most of their college experience, and succeed.

Meet Our Staff

Dong Dinh

Dong Dinh (He/Him/His)

Program Coordinator, Access & Transitions​​​


Dong Dinh joins the Access & Transitions team as the Program Coordinator for the office. He graduated from DU in 2019 with a master's in Higher Education and is currently pursuing his doctoral degree. He will be supporting the 1GenU Program and all of Access & Transitions as a whole. He identifies as a queer Vietnamese American and concentrates his research in supporting historically underrepresented students with a specialty focus on Asian American populations. Drop by his office and say hello!


Anthea Johnson Rooen, MBA

Interim Senior Director, Access & Transitions
Director, Equity in STEM (E-STEM)
Program Director, Denver Promise

2155 East Wesley Avenue, Room 429

Originally from Novato, California, Anthea grew up in the U.S. and England due to her dad's military career. She has been at the University of Denver for nine years serving in various access and success roles serving undergraduate and graduate students, as well as prospective K–12 students, with extensive experience working with STEM students related to recruitment, retention, and outreach. Most recently she was charged to develop the Equity in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (E-STEM) Program. E-STEM is an academic program for historically underrepresented undergraduate students majoring in STEM fields, and is a partnership with CLIE, the College of Natural Science and Mathematics (CNSM), and the Ritchie School of Engineering and Computer Science (RSECS). In the third year of the pilot, the E-STEM Program has seen a 95% retention rate. Other programs she coordinates include Black Women LEAD (BW-LEAD), Black Male Initiative Summit (BMIS), and the Sistah Network.

Linda Quintanar

Linda Quintanar (She, Ella)

Director, Volunteers in Partnership (VIP)
Director, First-Generation Initiatives (1GenU)

Community Commons, 2055 East Evans Avenue, 1218

Linda Quintanar serves as the Director of First-Generation Initiatives and the Volunteers in Partnership (VIP) program at the University of Denver. She brings more than 15 years of experience serving on state-wide advisory committees and university task forces, working with students, families, and educators at Denver and Aurora public schools. Linda's passion to increase college access and retention of historically underrepresented students in higher education stems from her own journey as an immigrant and a first-generation student. Linda volunteers her time and serves on the board of Keeping the Dream Alive, a non-profit organization dedicated to sharing post-secondary advising strategies for Colorado's DACA and undocumented students. Born in Chihuahua, Mexico, and mother of four current Denver Public School students, Linda and her husband are both DPS and DU alumni.


Andrea Rodriguez (She/Ella)

Graduate Assistant, Equity in STEM (E-STEM)

2155 East Wesley Avenue, Room 126D

Andrea is a first-year graduate student at Morgridge College of Education pursuing a master's degree in Higher Education. Prior to attending DU, Andrea attended the Metropolitan State University of Denver and earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Gender and Women Studies. Andrea was born and raised in Colorado, is a first-generation student, and is the daughter of immigrant parents. She is passionate about helping historically underrepresented students achieve their dreams.

Itchel Cardenas

Itchel Cardenas (She/Ella)

Fellow, Student Affairs & Inclusive Excellence – Access & Transitions

Community Commons, 2055 East Evans Avenue

Itchel is a DU VIP Alumna who received her BSBA from the Daniels College of Business in International Business. Itchel is originally from Denver, Colorado, but was raised in Durango, Mexico. Currently a first-year master's candidate in the Higher Education program at the Morgridge College of Education, Itchel hopes to help underrepresented students achieve their dreams by providing students with the financial resources they need to attend a higher education institution.

Briana Aguilar

Briana Aguilar (She/Ella)

Graduate Assistant, Access & Transitions

Community Commons, 2055 East Evans Avenue
303- 871-7779

Briana was born in San Diego but moved to Colorado when she was young. She has one little brother, loves dogs, and her favorite place to be is the beach. Briana did her undergrad at DU with double majors in Psychology and Criminology, and double minors in Political Science and Critical Race & Ethnic Studies. Briana is currently pursuing her master's degree in Higher Education.