Center Faculty 

The Faculty are award-winning & highly regarded around the nation for cutting edge research and pedagogy reflecting a diverse array of disciplines and specialties. They actively research and publish articles and books that address the intersections of race, gender, sexuality, ability, class, etc.

Dena R. Samuels, Ph.D.

Director, Matrix Center; Senior Consultant, Diversity Services, Matrix Center; Asst. Professor, Women's & Ethnic Studies, UCCS.

Specializes in race, gender, sexuality, and social justice curriculum development; conducts seminars/consults locally, nationally, and internationally on the processes of integrating diversity and building inclusiveness.

Abby L. Ferber, Ph.D.

Associate Director, Matrix Center; Director, Women’s and Ethnic Studies (WEST); & Professor, Sociology & WEST, UCCS

Specializes in ethnic & racial studies, gender, sexuality, the dynamics of privilege and oppression, whiteness, masculinity, and right wing extremism.

Eddie Moore, Jr., Ph.D.

Founder and Director, White Privilege Conference; Director of Diversity, The Bush School,
Seattle, WA

Educator and motivational speaker on: Sports & Kids, African American males, Education, Diversity and Privilege, Segregation vs. Integration, White Teachers Dealing with Diversity and White Privilege, The ‘N’ word, and Body Image.

Brenda J. Allen, Ph.D.

Associate Vice Chancellor for Diversity and Inclusion and Professor of Communication at the University of Colorado Denver/Anschutz Medical Campus.

Research and teaching areas are diversity, teamwork, self-empowerment, presentational speaking, organizational & group communication, and computer-mediated communication.

Christina Jiménez, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of History, UCCS

Specializes in Mexican, Latin American and Latino History, Mexican citizenship, urban politics, and popular culture in the 19th & 20th centuries, and race, class & gender in the U.S.

Andrea O'Reilly Herrera, Ph.D.

Professor of Literature, UCCS & Co-Director, WEST

Poet and author of contemporary Latin American fiction, Scholar of U.S. Minority writing, with a specialization on Latino/a literature and post colonial Caribbean literature concentrating on the Cuban Diaspora.

Beth Yohe, M.S.

Assistant Director of the Training and Curriculum Department of the Anti-Defamation League's (ADL) Education Division.

Develops anti-bias training and curricular materials for the ADL's A WORLD OF DIFFERENCE® Institute, a leading provider of anti-bias education and diversity training programs. Specializes in cyberbullying, ally-building, analyzing curriculum through a social justice lens, and facilitation.