Dena R. Samuels Ph.D.
Dena R. Samuels, Ph.D., Director of the Matrix Center, is an Assistant Professor in Women's and Ethnic Studies at UCCS and received the university's Outstanding Instructor Award. She specializes in race, gender, sexuality, and social justice curriculum development. In addition to co-directing the Knapsack Institute, through her own consulting firm: Dena Samuels Consulting (denasamuels.com) and as the Director of the Matrix Center for the Advancement of Social Equity and Inclusion, she provides seminars and consultation to campuses and organizations locally, nationally, and internationally on the processes of integrating diversity and building inclusiveness. Some of her many clients include: Big Brothers Big Sisters of Colorado, the Center for Legal Inclusiveness, the U.S. Air Force Academy, and Caring for First Nations Children Society in British Columbia. Samuels created curriculum for, coordinated, and facilitated the Building Inclusiveness program at UCCS, which provides diversity workshops for administration, faculty, staff, and students. Samuels' latest book, The Culturally Inclusive Educator: Preparing for a Multicultural World (Teachers College Press, 2014) offers transformative strategies for building cultural inclusiveness. In addition, she co-edited the anthology, The Matrix Reader: Examining the Dynamics of Oppression and Privilege (McGraw-Hill, 2009), and authored Teaching Race, Gender, Class, and Sexuality, a teaching guide that accompanies this volume. She also serves as a culturally inclusive, trauma-sensitive yoga instructor in a locally owned donation-based studio.