Brenda J. Allen, PhD
Associate Vice Chancellor for Diversity and Inclusion
Brenda J. Allen (Ph.D., Howard
University) is the Associate Vice Chancellor for Diversity and Inclusion and a
Professor of Communication. Her research and teaching
areas are organizational communication, diversity, and critical pedagogy. Among
her numerous publications is a groundbreaking book entitled Difference
Matters: Communicating Social Identity. Dr. Allen was
recruited from Howard University to the University of Colorado at Boulder in
1989 as an Assistant Professor. Since then, she has been promoted to Full
Professor, and she has served as a Department Chair and Associate Dean.
She assumed her recent role in August of 2012.
Walter D. Conwell, MD
D. Conwell (M.D., University of Chicago) is the inaugural Administrative Fellow
in the Office of Diversity and Inclusion and a Clinical Fellow in the Division
of Pulmonary Sciences and Critical Care Medicine. His clinical interest is
focused on the care of patients with severe respiratory and sleep disorders.
His research interest is focused on the effect of dietary macronutrients on
sleep, weight and activity. Dr. Conwell
was recruited from the University of Chicago to the University of Colorado in
2011 to begin his Pulmonary and Critical Care Fellowship. Since then, he has
received numerous awards for his clinical service and teaching ability
including the “Fellow of the Year” award and induction into the Gold Humanism
Honor Society. Dr. Conwell is currently pursuing his MBA at the University of
Colorado Denver’s School of Business and hopes to ultimately use all of his
skills to improve the underrepresented minority physician pipeline.
Sally Thee, a native of Colorado, is the Executive Assistant
to the Associate Vice Chancellor for Diversity and Inclusion. She has
been employed with the University for over 13 years, where she has worked in
the Communication Department and the Modern Languages Department. A few
years ago, she established a Program Assistant Group in the College of Liberal
Arts and Sciences to help Program Assistants create a positive and
collaborative network. She studied Art at the University and at the
Burren College of Art in Ballyvaughan, County Clare, Ireland through the
University’s study abroad program. She says, “It was a wonderful
opportunity and a life changing experience.” She enjoys her
three grown children, and is very grateful they all live in the Denver area.