Mines Community Alliances (MCA)

Colorado School of Mines

Mines Community Alliances

The Community Alliances at Colorado School of Mines strive to create communities and build support for underrepresented faculty and staff members. While each Community Alliance serves a specific community, anyone working at Mines is welcome to join in support of these important members of the Colorado School of Mines community.

Latine Community Alliance

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The Latine Community Alliance helps cultivate participant success through professional development, campus-wide community building, and the celebration of achievements. They focus on generating awareness of the Latine identity and supporting the Colorado School of Mines in its commitment to achieving a culture of inclusion and equality.

Co-chairs: Sheena Martinez smartinez1@mines.edu and Stepheny Beauchamp sbeauchamp@mines.edu

Women Community Alliance

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The Women Community Alliance at Colorado School of Mines strives to support the success and professional development for women faculty members and staff to drive change and progress for our campus and the entire Mines community. By supporting women at Mines, we hope to create a positive campus culture built on equity and inclusion.

Co-chairs: Kelly Sorge ksorge@mines.edu and Kelsie Diaz kdiaz@mines.edu

Black Community Alliance

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The Black Community Alliance at Colorado School of Mines works to promote the visibility and achievements of Black faculty and staff at Mines. The Black Community Alliance focuses on building community, recognizing the achievements of our Black faculty and staff, and creating a space for individuals to share values and build support.

Chair: Sham Tzegai stzegai@mines.edu


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The LGBTQ+ Community Alliance at Colorado School of Mines works to advance inclusion, support, and awareness for our LGBTQ+ faculty and staff. By supporting community building across campus and supporting the professional development of our members, we strive to make Mines a more inclusive and successful space for everyone.

Co-chairs: Colleen Pritchard cpritchard@mines.edu and Carter Kubic carter.kubic@mines.edu

Asian Community Alliance

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The Mines Asian Community Alliance strives to generate awareness of the Asian identity at Colorado School of Mines by supporting our Asian faculty, staff, classified employees, and postdoc students. We work to encourage cultural awareness, build communities throughout campus, and celebrate the achievements of our members.

Chair: Jennifer (Jenny) Phou jphou@mines.edu 


NOW is the time to volunteer to be a member of these groups! If you are interested in joining an MCA as a general member, submit your interest. Contact us: mca@mines.edu


The Mission of MCA is to be a strategic partner with the University to advance the understanding and inclusion of employees. The MCAs should serve as a catalyst to enhance university objectives and professional development of our members.


Mines Community Alliances (MCAs) combine university and employee goals to provide maximum benefit to Colorado School of Mines. MCAs are aligned with our overall strategic initiative of building a high performing organization and creating a great place to work. The groups primarily focus on the following:

  • Engagement
  • Professional Development
  • Networking
  • Raising Cultural Awareness
  • Community Involvement
  • Outreach and Recruitment Efforts

In support of our diversity, inclusion and access strategies, and guiding principles, MCAs operate in an inclusive manner encouraging all employees to join groups regardless of their race, color, religion, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, disability, veteran status, or other protected classification.


Membership in an MCA is available to all employees who subscribe to the purpose of the MCA. All members are eligible to be involved in committees as determined by the MCA.

At a minimum, the recommended elected officers of the MCA Leadership Team shall consist of:

  • Chair/Lead

Other volunteer officers of the MCA Leadership Team may consist of, but not limited to:

  • Treasurer
  • Ad Hoc Committee Leads
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Working to build a more inclusive Mines community

“It is time for parents to teach young people early on that in diversity, there is beauty, and there is strength.”
~ Maya Angelou

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As Colorado School of Mines prepares for our 150th anniversary in 2024, dynamic and disruptive change is all around us. MINES@150 is our plan to position Mines for future success.

It calls for change, but also to stay true to our timeless mission, pillars and core values.  MINES@150 leverages our size, location, and history, ensuring that our graduates will continue to be distinctive and highly valued, placing Mines at the frontiers of STEM education, research and innovation, and elevating our status among the world’s top universities.