Mines DI&A Fellows

Program Overview

The DI&A Fellows program recognizes highly accomplished and motivated faculty and staff for their exceptional DI&A leadership and service, and provides support as they to gain leadership experience and drive institutional change at Mines. Each Fellow drives a strategic initiative or program that furthers the vision and mission of Mines DI&A. Fellows also learn about all the innerworkings of Mines DI&A and serve as a representative for campus internally and externally. 

meet the fellows


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Dr. Derrick Hudson
Assistant Teaching Professor, Humanities, Arts, & Social Sciences

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Alex Leach
Assistant Director, Case Management and Clery Compliance, Office of Institutional Equity & Title IX

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Dr. Shannon Mancus
Associate Teaching Professor, Humanities, Arts, & Social Sciences

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Dr. Justin Shaffer
Associate Teaching Professor, Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering



Dr. Derrick Hudson, Associate Teaching Professor from the Department of Humanities, Arts and Social Science will further develop pathways to Mines via the iSSACHAR Center for Urban Leadership in partnership with Denver Public high schools. Founded in 1999, the Issachar Center provides a 10-month leadership and academic training program for college-age adults and an incarnational leadership program for existing young leaders to develop their skills as emerging leaders in their communities. Organized into cohorts, students will participate in a one-credit hour experiential, service-learning (non-degree granting) course led by Dr. Hudson next fall. The course will dig into systemic inequality within Denver neighborhoods, contributions of underrepresented groups to society and connect personal experiences to the larger context. The course’s curriculum modules are portable to other classes as micro-insertions to help foster diversity and inclusion dialogue on campus. Mines faculty will also visit local high schools and other venues to raise the profile of Mines as a destination for students of color who aspire to attain a STEM education. 


Alex Leach will work to identify campus efforts to increase students’ multicultural competency and support these efforts via a Student Leadership Institute, a multi-day program followed by monthly learning and skill development opportunities. The Institute will lay a foundation for all participants to understand their own social identities and the ways their identities influence how they see and experience the world. Students will be equipped with a toolkit designed to empower critical thinking and challenge inequities across a system, resulting in organizational culture change. The toolkit will be designed “for beyond Mines” in mind, portable diversity, equity and inclusion skills for the workplace. Alex will use her experience with restorative practices in addressing conflict and increase understanding of how stories and data can be leveraged to spur change.   


Dr. Shannon Mancus, Associate Teaching Professor from the Department of Humanities, Arts and Social Science will direct initiatives designed to scaffold social justice across the Mines curriculum. Using best practice, and building off the diversity, equity and inclusion integration she has implemented in Nature and Human Values, she will work with course coordinators and the core curriculum committee to identify opportunities to further integrate justice content. Dr. Mancus will also design an asynchronous course to help professors facilitate difficult conversations in the classroom, a DEI curriculum roadmap and an immersive simulation for professors to practice techniques for supporting underrepresented students when experiences of implicit bias and microaggressions occur in the classroom. 


Dr. Justin Shaffer, Associate Teaching Professor from the Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering will lead campus’ grant application process for the Department of Education’s Trio program. Programs such as Upward Bound, help attract and support low-income, first-generation and rural students to and during their years at Mines. Upward Bound provides high school students access to mentoring, tutoring, classes and help with college preparation and the application process.