About Us

IEE provides students with information, skills, and opportunities for constructive engagement across difference, in support of SAIE and the University's larger missions.

  • Our Approach

    Having a demographically diverse campus community is educationally important (cf. Gurin for University of Michigan), and continues to be the focus of much quality scholarship and programming in US higher education, with similar applications in the workplace, marketplace, and civic involvement (eg, the legal professions [PDF]). Such compositional diversity, including a wide diversity of identities, is a necessary, but insufficient, element of equity and excellence.

    Using the oft-cited food metaphor, it is not enough simply to have a range of individual ingredients present in the kitchen; they must also come together for their still-distinct colors, textures and flavors to create an engaging and nourishing dish. In fact, the critical-thinking, communication, collaboration skills and experience, strengthened when engaging constructively across difference are among those employers most seek (ref NACE). Thus having diverse individuals learning, living and working on campus is little more than cosmetic, if they do not interact across identities, or if their interaction is infrequent, superficial, or outright negative.

Our Staff

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Thomas Walker, PhD
Director

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Thomas previously served as the Assistant Director of Arizona State University's (since closed) Intergroup Relations Center, where he coordinated diversity education programs, provided social justice training, and served as a diversity consultant for the ASU and larger community. While at ASU, he also served as liaison to the LGBTQ+ communities, as Tempe campus Classified Staff Council president, as advisor to several student organizations, and as volunteer textbook reader with Disability Services.


We're Hiring!

Assistant Director, Social Justice Education
Review full-time position details and apply via https://jobs.du.edu/cw/en-us/job/495347/assistant-director-social-justice-education   Deadline for priority consideration is Monday, 22 August.


 

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Maria England (she/her/hers)
Resource Coordinator

Maria is second-first-year master’s student in the Social Work program at DU. She earned her bachelor’s in Psychology at the University of Michigan- Flint. She has a passion for helping individuals in the homeless community which stems from her time spent in Flint. In her free time, Maria enjoys listening to music and traveling.


 

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Kiristen Hubbard (she/her/hers)
Resource Coordinator

Kiristen is a second-year master’s student in the Graduate School of Professional Psychology Forensics program at DU. She earned her bachelor’s in Psychology, with minors in Criminal Justice and Sociology at Wayne State University.

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