The Standing Committee includes the following representation:

Ruth Hufbauer

Standing Committee Co-Chair
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).

Monique Rocca

Standing Committee Co-Chair
Associate Professor, Ecosystem Science and Sustainability


College of Agricultural Sciences Representative

College of Business Representative

Lumina Albert

Associate Professor, Department of Management

College of Engineering Representative

Erika Miller

Assistant Professor, Department of Mechanical Engineering and Systems Engineering

College of Health and Human Sciences Representative

Roe Bubar

Associate Professor, Department of Ethnic Studies and School of Education

College of Liberal Arts Representative

Katie McShane

Professor, Department of Philosophy

Warner College of Natural Resources Representative

College of Natural Sciences Representative

Jennifer Nyborg

Professor, Biochemistry and Molecular Biology

Jennifer Nyborg earned her Ph.D. in Biochemistry from the University of California, Riverside in 1986, and performed postdoctoral research at the University of Colorado, Boulder. In 1990 she accepted a faculty position in the Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology in the College of Natural Sciences; the first woman faculty member hired by the Department.

Professor Nyborg directed a vibrant research program focused on the regulation of gene expression in mammalian cells. As principle Investigator, she was awarded numerous major grants totaling nearly $20,000,000. Awards included multi-investigator grants from the W.M Keck Foundation and an NIH Program Project (P01) grant, together with numerous individual NIH research and training grants.  She trained a total of 25 graduate students, of which 19 were women and 2 were Hispanic. Professor Nyborg also trained innumerable postdoctoral fellows, the majority were women and/or underrepresented minorities. She was named the first female Professor Laureate, a prestigious honor conferred by the College of Natural Sciences.

Teaching responsibilities include a graduate-level grant writing course and a course in the Responsible Conduct of Research. Professor Nyborg also teaches Biochemistry of Human Disease to undergraduates and has mentored over 50 undergraduates in independent study projects in the laboratory. She received awards for both outstanding graduate mentoring and teaching, and outstanding undergraduate mentoring. She remains intensively involved in service to the academy. In recognition of her efforts, she was awarded the Oliver P. Pennock Distinguished Service Award for outstanding service to the University.

College of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences Representative

Christine Olver

Professor, Department of Microbiology, Immunology and Pathology

University Library Representative

Rob Sica

Assistant Professor, University Library

Non-Tenure Track Representative

Denise Apodaca

Instructor, School of Music, Theatre and Dance


Denise Apodaca received her Bachelor of Music degree in Piano Performance from the University of California at Santa Barbara with a minor in Spanish. She later received her Master of Music degree in Piano Performance and a second Master of Music degree in Piano Pedagogy from Northwestern University. She graduated with honors from both universities.

She has been on the teaching faculties of The Chicago Academy for the Arts where she was Director of Instrumental Studies, Sherwood Conservatory of Music, De Paul University, Pasadena City College, Pasadena Conservatory of Music and Front Range Community College. She served as a Board member for Beet Street in Fort Collins, Colo. She founded and directed the Chicago Young Instrumentalist Program, served on the Leadership Council, was Director of Early Childhood Programs, director of Class Piano, chair of Group Instruction and chair of the Piano Dept. at Sherwood Conservatory of Music in Chicago, Ill. She served as district coordinator for the California Association for Professional Music Teachers. Denise has performed through-out the United States as a soloist and as a chamber musician. Demonstrating her expertise of Latin American music, she has given several concerts in Mexico. She has been an adjudicator for several area music teachers associations and has given several workshops on piano technology, piano pedagogy, piano performance, and early childhood music. She serves on the Early Childhood Council of Larimer County and was the Spanish community health educator at Poudre Valley Hospital for Bright Beginnings, Colorado in Larimer County for over five years.

Denise is currently Piano Proficiency coordinator at Colorado State University where she also serves on several committees and has received the following awards.

At Large Members

Sheryl Magzamen

Assistant Professor, Department of Environmental and Radiological Health Sciences

Noa Román-Muñiz

Associate Professor, Department of Animal Sciences

Mica Glantz

Professor, Department of Anthropology

Dr. Mica Glantz received her B.A. and Ph.D. in Anthropology from the University of Pennsylvania. She is currently a Professor of Anthropology at Colorado State University and Director of the Human Origins Laboratory. Dr. Glantz is a paleoanthropologist who specializes in Neanderthal paleobiology and paleogeography. Her research has focused on hominin dental and craniofacial morphology as well as Paleolithic archaeology in Uzbekistan and Kazakhstan. She was a Fulbright Scholar from 2007-08 in Shymkent, Kazakhstan. Currently, she is collaborating on a multi-disciplinary project the goals of which are to establish a chronological framework for Central Asian Paleolithic sites, survey for new sites, and test ecological models used to explain hominin landscape exploitation strategies during periods of climatic deterioration in Uzbekistan. Dr. Glantz has been published in the American Journal of Physical Anthropology, the Journal of Human Evolution, Nature, Antiquity, and theJournal of Biogeography.

Jimena Sagas

Co-Chair of the Commission on Women and Gender Equity
Assistant Professor, Libraries

Silvia Sara Canetto

Professor, Department of Psychology

Leif Sorensen

Associate Professor, Department of English (on sabbatical)

Chrissy Chard

Assistant Professor, Department of Health and Exercise Science and Graduate Program in Public Health (substitute for at-large member, Spring 2019)

Diana Prieto

Executive Director, Office of Equal Opportunity and Human Resource Services


Diana Prieto is the Executive Director for Human Resources and Equal Opportunity and Chief Human Resource Officer. Prior to this appointment in January of 2104, she was the Director of the Office of Equal Opportunity at Colorado State University. Before joining Colorado State University in July 2010, Ms. Prieto was the director of the Office of Institutional Equity at Purdue University. Ms. Prieto obtained her law degree from the Tulane University School of Law and her undergraduate degree in Economics and Spanish Literature from Smith College.

Caridad Souza

Director and Assistant Professor, Center for Women’s Studies and Gender Research and Department of Ethnic Studies


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.

Cori Wong

Director, President’s Women and Gender Intitiatives
Instructor, Center for Women’s Studies and Gender Research/Ethnic Studies


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.