The Committee includes the following representation:


Jimena Sagàs
Commission Co-Chair
Assistant Professor, Libraries

Jimena Sagas

Mexican. Pronouns: She/her(s). Born in Mexico City. Raised in Chicago and Mexico City. Mother of a Latino boy. Completed her Master’s degree in Library and Information Science at the University of Denver in 2013. Presently, a College Liaison Librarian/Assistant Professor at Colorado State University (CSU), where she is a subject area specialist in the areas of Social Sciences, Humanities, and Arts, and serves special populations, such as international, underrepresented, and underserved students. She is a third year student at CSU in the Ph.D. Education and Human Resource Studies/Organizational Learning, Performance and Change program. Her research interests include comparative and international librarianship, library services for international students, underserved and underrepresented students, and librarian of color upward mobility in the workplace. In pursuit of her devotion to social justice, she has served as a Commissioner on the Human Relations Commission for the City of Fort Collins and as a Chair of the Multicultural Staff and Faculty Network on her campus. She currently serves as Co-Chair of the President’s Commission for Women and Gender Equity and as Member of the President’s Commission for Diversity and Inclusion.

Cori Wong
Commission Co-Chair
Assistant Vice President for Gender Equity
Director, Women and Gender Collaborative

Cori Wong

Dr. Cori Wong is Special Assistant to the President of Colorado State University, Director of the Women and Gender Collaborative, and Special Instructor in the Center for Women’s Studies and Gender Research.

Dr. Wong earned a dual-title Ph.D. in Philosophy and Women’s Studies from the Pennsylvania State University after graduating summa cum laude with a B.A. in Philosophy from Colorado State University. With a passion for teaching, learning, and approaching education as a practice of freedom, Dr. Wong empowers others to think through everyday life experiences to realize personal transformation and greater social justice. Committed to engaging diverse audiences on issues of gender, race, class, sexuality, inequity, injustice, and political resistance, Dr. Wong strives to showcase how critical reflection and genuine dialogue can be as fun and exciting as they are important and challenging.

In addition to supporting campus-wide research, outreach, and advocacy efforts related to women and gender, Dr. Wong teaches Women’s Studies courses on contemporary feminist theory and feminist friendship as a form of feminist practice.


Abigail Shupe
Assistant Professor, Music Theory

Kelly Curl
Associate Professor, Landscape Architecture

Kelly Curl is an Associate Professor of Landscape Architecture and the MLA Graduate Program Manager in the Department of Horticulture and Landscape Architecture. Curl joined the faculty of Horticulture and Landscape Architecture as Assistant Professor in 2010. She is currently teaching graduate and undergraduate design studios, Digital Methods, Environmental Analysis, Seminar on Designed Landscapes, Professional Practice, and an online course on Topics of Landscape Theory and Garden Design. Curl was awarded the 2015 Charles N. Shepardson Faculty Teaching Award.

Curl’s current research is land reclamation within post-mined landscapes. Her interest is focused on the mining process so that reclamation and contour planning of the designed site would minimize cost and disturbance, while preventing further scarred landscapes. Her pedagogical research in landscape architecture is through analog, digital, and hybrid illustration. Her essay, titled Ideation of Landscape Representation was recently published in the book Representing Landscapes: Hybrid. The chapter also includes selected CSU Landscape Architecture student drawings that display various techniques of making hybrid drawings.

Curl received her Bachelor of Science degree in Comprehensive Science and Mathematics at Villanova University. In 2002, she received her Master of Landscape Architecture degree at the University of Pennsylvania. There, she was an ASLA Merit Finalist, a recipient the Van Alen Traveling Fellowship, and the Garden Club Scholarship at both the state and local level. After receiving her MLA, she worked at PWP Landscape Architecture, Inc., and became an Associate in 2005. At PWP, Curl’s past projects include The Cleveland Clinic, World Trade Center Memorial, San Jose International Airport, Novartis Headquarters, and the University of California – Merced.

Debbie Crans
Professor, Chemistry

Debbie Crans

Debbie C. Crans is a Professor of Organic, Inorganic and Biological Chemistry and of Cell and Molecular Biology at Colorado State University where she is Professor Laureate of the College of Natural Sciences.  She did her undergraduate studies in Denmark in Biochemistry and Physical Organic Chemistry and her Ph.D. in Chemistry from Harvard University.  She did her postdoctoral studies at University of California, Los Angeles. She established the International Vanadium Symposium and in 2022 she will chair the 45th International Coordination Chemistry Conference in Colorado. She serves both the American Chemical Society and the Royal Society of Chemistry. She is a 2015 Author Cope Scholar and a 2004 Vanadis Awardee. Her research interests are in the areas of organic and inorganic drugs, metals in medicine, membranes, coordination chemistry and spectroscopy, and she works on diseases such as diabetes, cancer, Alzheimer’s and tuberculosis.  When Crans received tenure at CSU she was the 7th female in the US to received tenure in Organic Chemistry and has since then worked to improve the environment for underrepresented female chemists and other females in life sciences.  She has mentored many successful students and as a graduate of the first class of Fellows of the Faculty Institute of Inclusive Excellence continues to work to improve the environment for underrepresented groups.

Monique Rocca
Co-Chair of the Standing Committee on the Status of Women Faculty (SCSWF)
Associate Professor, Department of Ecosystem Science and Sustainability

Monique Rocca

Monique Rocca is an Associate Professor and Associate Department Head in the CSU Department of Ecosystem Science and Sustainability. She received her B.S. in Biology from Stanford University, and her Ph.D. in Ecology from Duke University. Monique studies how natural landscapes, especially Rocky Mountain forests, change through time. Her research focuses on understanding the “future forest” following pine beetle outbreaks, wildfires, and climate change. In her role on the Standing Committee, she developed the ENCIRCLE (mENtoring CIRCLEs) program, and now serves as Co-chair of the Committee.

Ruth Hufbauer
Co-Chair of the Standing Committee on the Status of Women Faculty (SCSWF)
Professor, Bioagricultural Sciences and Pest Management

Ruth Hufbauer

Ruth Hufbauer received her PhD. in Entomology from Cornell University, and is a Professor in the Department of Bioagricultural Sciences and Pest Management at Colorado State University. Her research focuses on biological invasions, range expansions, and biological control, with a focus on the role of rapid evolution in driving ecological dynamics in population size of pest and beneficial species. She was a Fulbright Scholar in France in 2009-2010, and a Senior Visiting Scientist with Agropolis International in 2016-2017. She has published over 75 peer-reviewed articles. She teaches undergraduate ecology, and works to engage students and create an active learning environment. She teaches at the graduate level as well, and including a graduate seminar on Women in Science, focused on a deep reading of the primary literature. She received the Shepardson/NACTA Meritorious Teaching Award in 2015. She is a fellow of the first cohort of the Institute for Inclusive Excellence organized by the Office of the Vice President of Diversity and The Institute for Learning and Teaching (TILT).

State Classified

Kelly Hixson
CPC Representative, Housing and Dining Services Operations Management

Kelly Hixson

Kelly Hixson works in Housing as an ES Supervisor. She is a member of the Classified Personal Council and sits on many committees; Work Life, Transportation/Parking Subsidy, CWGE, CWGE Awards, with Housing; Recognition Committee and Morale Focus to name just a few. Kelly is a 1998 CSU BSW graduate.

Devan Durand
Parking and Transportation Services

Devan Durand

Allyce Lobdell
College of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences

Allyce Lobdell

Administrative Professional

Caitlin Kotnik
APC Representative, Collaborative for Student Achievement

Caitlin Kotnik

Karla Perez-Velez
Assistant Director, Apartment Life

Karla Perez Velez


Karla is the Assistant Director of Apartment Life for Staff Selection, Training, and the Development of Intercultural Teams. She joined the Ram Family at Colorado State University (CSU) in 2010 and has worked in higher education or the last 10 years. Her experience includes working in multiple Housing and Residence Life departments including Coastal Carolina University, Western Kentucky University and Colorado State University. Karla also served as an academic success coordinator and instructor for the Department of Health & Exercise Science at CSU. Additionally, Karla serves as a co-advisor to the Student Affairs in Higher Education (SAHE) Journal Board, a student led board which produces the Journal of Student Affairs.  She received Bachelors of Arts in Sociology from Coastal Carolina University, her Master of Arts in Education from Western Kentucky University and is completing her Ph.D. at the University of Northern Colorado. Her research focuses on Women in higher education, internationalization and international students in higher education, Latinx college completion and academic support, and the intersections of race/ethnicity and gender in academia. Karla started her term on the President’s Commission on Women and Gender Equity in the fall of 2015.  Her interest in serving on the Commission is to serve as an active participant in CSU’s effort to make CSU a community where women and men feel safe and empowered by pursuing their professional and academic aspirations.  She is committed to giving voice to the Administrative Professionals (APs) at CSU as one of the APs on the Commission.

Amy Swan
Natural Resource Ecology Laboratory

Amy Swan


Amy Swan is a Research Associate at the Natural Resource Ecology Laboratory at Colorado State University,  working on a variety of research projects, nationally and internationally, that evaluate the impacts of agricultural management and land use change on greenhouse gas cycling in ecosystems.  She completed her BSc in Environmental Management at South Dakota State University and MSc in Ecology at Colorado State University.  Appointed to the President’s Commission on Women and Gender Equity in the fall of 2015, she is eager to serve the campus community in this role.  Outside of the office, you may see her cycling around our beautiful trails and roads, wearing the polka-dotted kit of the Fort Follies, a Fort Collins community-oriented, women’s cycling team.

Undergraduate Students

Alison Lanning
Creative Writing Major, Leadership Studies Minor and Women’s Interdisciplinary Studies Minor


Alison Lanning is an undergraduate student at CSU, majoring in Creative Writing and double minoring in Women’s Interdisciplinary Studies and Leadership Studies. After graduating, she plans on working towards grant writing for an organization that extends opportunities for women, transgender and non-binary people. In her free-time, Alison loves writing poetry, hiking, doing yoga, and spending time with her loved ones (AKA her cats!).

Trinidad Borunda
Undeclared, Journalism and Communications Interest

Graduate Student

Kelsey Prather
Counseling and Career Development, School Counseling

Ex Officio

Tracy Hutton
Associate Director, Human Resource Services


A graduate of the University of Michigan, Tracy Hutton joined CSU as an Employee Relations Manager in 2005 and was promoted to Associate Director of Human Resources in September 2006. Tracy was a participant in University of Colorado’s Rocky Mountain Leadership Program in 2009. She serves as HR Representative for various ad-hoc and standing committees including the Employee Consult Team, College Administrative Advisory Group and the President’s Commission for Women and Gender Equity and is a certified trainer for Crucial Conversations. Involved in key campus initiatives including implementation of Parental Leave, establishing job families/classifications for Administrative Professional positions and establishing a revised compensation policy and strategy for State Classified staff.

Jennifer Mayhew
Assistant Director, Office of Equal Opportunity

Jennifer Mayhew


Jennifer Mayhew grew up in a small town in Indiana.  While in the Midwest, she obtained a B.A in English from the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor and a J.D from DePaul University College of Law in Chicago.  After working as a defense litigator for seven years in Chicago in many areas of law including fraud investigation, civil rights, and workplace discrimination and harassment, she relocated to Colorado.  Jennifer previously taught Education Law & Policy to educators seeking a Masters in Educational Leadership for a Distance Learning program, served two terms as a Section Coordinator for Colorado State University’s online MBA program, and worked as a Workplace Investigator for a non-profit organization. Now, Jennifer applies her skills and knowledge in CSU’s Office of Equal Opportunity as the Assistant Director for Complaints and Disabilities where she assists employees and faculty members seeking reasonable accommodations due to disability, helps the campus community understand CSU’s policies, and assists with complaints relating to discrimination and harassment based on protected status. In her free time, Jennifer enjoys stand-up paddle boarding, playing tennis, reading, and pretending she is a modern-day Ethel Merman (while in the confines of her own home and for which she apologizes to her husband, cats, and dogs).

Mary Ontiveros

Vice President for Diversity

Mary Ontiveros


As Vice President for Diversity, Mary Ontiveros leads Colorado State University’s diversity efforts and reports directly to the President. Ontiveros has been an employee of CSU since 1974, working in leadership positions in Admissions, as a faculty affiliate, and special assistant to the president of CSU-Pueblo. She has served on numerous CSU committees, councils, and task forces, and is a member of several professional organizations. She lives in Fort Collins with her husband and son.

Monica Rivera

Interim Director, Women and Gender Advocacy Center

Caridad Souza

Director, Center for Women’s Studies and Gender Research
Associate Professor, Ethnic Studies

Caridad Souza


Dr. Caridad Souza is the director of the Center for Women’s Studies and Gender Research at Colorado State University. Her teaching and research interests include contemporary race & ethnic relations and theories, poverty, multiracial and decolonial feminisms, and critical ethnography. Caridad has written about teenage pregnancy, work, gender and households, Latina sexualities, and feminist pedagogies. More recently, her intellectual interests involve well-being and inequality, and she trains this fall in Theatre of the Oppressed techniques to use in her work.  She is fascinated with the concept of Social Healing towards a more equitable, just, and free society.

Sandi Hodgin

Assistant Director, Title IX Compliance and Programs

Faculty Member: Doctoral Degree Program in Higher Education Leadership, and Master’s Degree Program in Student Affairs in Higher Education

Dr. Sandra Hodgin is the Assistant Director for Title IX Compliance and Programs. Additionally, Dr. Hodgin is a faculty member in the Higher Education Leadership (HEL) doctoral degree program, and also in the Student Affairs in Higher Education (SAHE) master’s degree program.


Dr. Hodgin earned a dual-degree Ph.D. in Education and Political Science (Public Policy concentration) from Claremont Graduate University. Dr. Hodgin’s research areas include systemic cultural change, Title IX policy and procedures within K-12 and higher education, effective leadership implementation, sexual violence/misconduct prevention education, topics of school safety that overlap with sexual violence (e.g., bullying, sexual harassment, hazing, school shootings, suicidal ideations, etc.), and public health theoretical frameworks as they relate to policy initiatives.


With a deep-rooted passion and motivation to influence the societal culture surrounding sexual violence and rape myths, Dr. Hodgin dedicates her scholar/practitioner career to educate and empower all campus constituents to understand the complexities of cultural change, and why change is necessary. Overall, Dr. Hodgin enjoys being a catalyst for change on gender equity issues and takes pride in making a difference. On her down time, you might catch Dr. Hodgin listening to jazz, hiking, visiting family and friends in California, hanging with new friends made in FoCo, dancing salsa, having a glass of wine, and always hanging out with her amazing husband Dave and doggie Copper.


One of Dr. Hodgin’s favorite quotes to share: “Unless someone like you cares a whole awful lot, nothing is going to get better. It’s [just]not.” – Dr. Suess.

Dora Frias
Director, Pride Resource Center