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Black Staff and Faculty Affinity Group

​​The Black Staff and Faculty Affinity Group advances a sense of community among the Black faculty and staff at CU Denver by mentoring, networking and providing an organized support system that promotes the cultural diversity  on campus.


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Deneshia Hearon



Deneshia is an Admissions Counselor and has been employed with the University of Colorado Denver for over 10 years, where she has advised, inspired, motivated and assisted hundreds of students in obtaining and achieving their goals through higher education.  She earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Sociology and recently received a Master’s Degree in Public Administration with a concentration in non-profit management both from the University of Colorado Denver.  Since 2018, Deneshia has served as the President of CU Denver’s Black Staff & Faculty, where they are currently in the process of reorganization.  Deneshia also serves as the President of Colorado Council on High School and College Relations and has been a part of this organization for over 12 years.  Deneshia serves as an advocate for youth because she believes that they are our future, our voice, and our presence can make a difference.  We can impact their lives by teaching them as the African Proverb states, “Each One Teach One.”  Deneshia has spent much of her time volunteering with community, education, and faith-based organizations such as (CESDA) Colorado Educational Services & Development Association, (NSS) National Scholarship Services, College Summit, and Jurisdiction of Colorado Auxiliaries in Ministry.  She’s also a member of the Executive Board for the Colorado Sickle Cell Association. Deneshia was nominated and awarded Employee of the Month for February 2019, at the University of Colorado Denver.


Lesa Briggs


Lesa Briggs is currently employed by the University of Colorado Denver as Assistant Director of K-12 Outreach and develops financial literacy and wellness life-skills presentations for students, parental, educational and outreach community professional. Ms. Briggs has over 30 years of combined experience in financial aid and other financial literate and legal policy matters. She is a member various local and national organizations and was awarded a Post-Secondary Professional of the Year by the Colorado Association of Financial Aid Administrators (CAFAA). She has served on the CAFAA Board in various positions, is a member of the CAFAA Financial Aid Awareness Committee, serves as a Colorado Homeless and Unaccompanied Student Liaison (SPOC) and currently serves as the Financial Aid Committee Chair for Colorado Council of High Schools/Colleg​e Relations (CCHS/CR) Board and Treasurer for the Colorado Educational Services and Development Association (CESDA) Board. She received her BS in Business Education from Eastern Michigan University and her MS in Higher Education from Walden University. She is highly passionate and motivated in service, advising and sharing accessible information and resources to as many students, families’ and communities as possible about pursuing career and higher learning opportunities to meet achievable and sustainable goals that will enlighten and enhance financial well-being for stable financial futures. In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with family, traveling, and singing.  


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Charita Thompson

Sr. Admission Counselor

Charita Thompson is the Sr. Admission Counselor at the University of Colorado Denver, where she has worked the past 12 years in Student Affairs in Finanical Aid, Scholarships, and Admissions.  Charita is an Alum of CU Denver, where she completed her undergraduate on a full ride scholarship, and is currently pursuing her master’s degree in Education.  Being a First Generation student herself, she is dedicated to the work of giving access to higher education for all students.  When not at work, Charita stays busy with 2 very active little boys, and enjoys traveling.  She is very excited to be a part of this organization and making a difference in student lives. ​​​


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