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Full-Time Staff

Office Location:
MO

Office Number:
103

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‌Jan Perry Evenstad, Ph.D. is an Assistant Professor at Metropolitan State University of Denver in the Department of Elementary, Linguistically Diverse, K-12 and Secondary Education. She teaches an Educational Psychology and Philosophy class as well as, Issues in Multicultural Urban Education. She also serves as the CO-Principal Investigator of the Region VIII Equity Assistance Center. She has worked in the area of educational equity for many years at two regional Equity Assistance Centers and the Colorado Department of Education as a race and gender Equity Specialist. She was one of the co-founders of the Colorado Chapter of NAME. Jan has a Ph.D. from the University of Denver in Education Administration where her doctoral research focused on educational equity and student assessment. Her areas of research and professional development have been in: diversity, assessment, gender equity, Title IX, Indian Education, bullying and sexual harassment. She is a national trainer for GESA (Generating Expectations for Student Achievement), SIOP (Sheltered Instruction Observation Protocol), Olweus Bully Prevention Program and Aggressor Victims and Bystanders.



Position Role:
Full-Time Staff

Office Location:
MO

Office Number:
107

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0

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Dr. Marcela Parra previous experience includes positions such as former Assistant Director of the West Regional Equity Network (WREN) Equity Assistance Center (EACs) housed at the University of Arizona.  WREN was one of ten federal grant funded centers advocating for educational equity in three major areas: race, gender and national origin issues in the K-12 public, charter, and magnet school system, in the southwest states of Arizona, California, and Nevada. She also has extensive professional experience as a program manager/coordinator in Region VII & IX Equity Assistance Centers as the Race, Gender and National Origin Coordinator for Region VII (Midwestern states).

Her strengths consist of 11 years of educational program management.  This includes working in collaboration with community-oriented agencies such as the Parental Involvement Resource Centers (PIRCs), National Association of Bilingual Education (NABE), California Association of Bilingual Education (CABE), National Association of Multicultural Education (NAME) as well as the United Negro College Fund Special Programs (UNCFSP), Association of Gender Equity and Leadership in Education (AGELE) and Tohono O’odham Community College and Nation. 

Most importantly, she has 16 years of experience in the public education arena ranging from teaching in both elementary and middle school levels to higher education.  Parra has wide-ranging professional and personal experience working with diverse communities such as Latino, African American, Native American, non-traditional immigrants, and refugees in addition to diverse organizations, parents, students, school administrators, educators and school districts, as well as university faculty and project directors. 

Dr. Parra also has experience in program evaluation and has worked with the Office for Civil Rights (OCR) Department of Education in Region VII evaluating English as a Second Language (ESL) programs pertaining to non-compliance issues and concerns.

Dr. Parra received her Ph.D. in Curriculum and Instruction from Kansas State University, with a focus on Multicultural, Bilingual and English as a Second Language, National Origin, Gender, Race and Educational Equity and her Masters of Education in Bilingual and Multicultural Education from Northern Arizona University.



Position Role:
Full-Time Staff

Office Location:
MO

Office Number:
106

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0

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Marilyn Chipman, Ph.D., is a recognized educational sociologist who has been in the field for over 38 years. She earned the B.A. degree in Sociology and Psychology from the University of Denver, the M.A. in Early Childhood Education from California State University, and the Ph.D. in Education: Curriculum and Instruction from the University of Denver.

Dr. Chipman’s career has included teaching in public elementary school and also in academe with courses for both undergraduate level pre-service teachers and master’s level active teachers and administrators. Her focus is upon multiculturalism, strengthening family/school relationships, and the educational experience of children and youth of color from Pre-Kindergarten through 12th Grade. She has served Metropolitan State University of Denver as a tenured Associate Professor of Education and also served on the faculty of the Texas A&M University System as an Associate Professor. As the Area Coordinator for the MSCD Early Childhood Education Teacher Licensure Program, she was appointed to a number of local and state-level committees, advisory boards and task forces addressing curriculum revision, initiatives and standards. She has held administrative positions on three funded projects. As Race Equity Coordinator in an equity assistance center, she provided consultant services and training for school districts and agencies within the six states comprising Region VIII.

Dr. Chipman has been a presenter at conferences nationwide and has been a keynote speaker in numerous educational venues. Internationally, she has spoken on cultural diversity within America’s public schools at the University of London, the University of Hong Kong, the International Council for Innovation in Higher Education in Vancouver, and the Educational Research Association in the nation of Singapore. She is a published author in both early childhood education and cultural diversity. She has been honored for her work in the field of education and for her service to the community. Dr. Marilyn Chipman is dedicated to assisting others to achieve their highest levels of expertise to benefit the children and youth they serve.



Position Role:
Full-Time Staff

Office Location:
MO

Office Number:
118

Campus Box Number:
63

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Kathleen Rigsby returned to the WEEAC in the fall of 2017. She has great experience working with Equity Assistance Centers including more than a decade serving in a leadership capacity as both Director and Assistant Director. She brings an extensive background and training in gender equity, teaching, civil rights, administration, program management, written and oral communication, and staff development and training to this position. Her training in GESA (Generating Expectations of Student Achievement) and women's history augment her previous training in social studies education and sociology. She has developed manuals and materials related to racial harassment, sexual harassment, and Title IX complaints. Her work in staff development and training has included state and district-wide training to reduce racial isolation and gender bias in education. She has also worked as a certified trainer for the Olweus Bullying Prevention Program and for Aggressors, Victims, and Bystanders. She is past Chair of the Association for Gender Equity Leadership in Education (AGELE). Her areas of particular expertise include affirmative action, civil rights, cultural diversity, educational equity, gender equity, multicultural education, reducing bias in schools, prevention of sexual harassment, prevention of bullying, Title IX and Women's History. Ms. Rigsby has a B.S. in Sociology from Arizona State University, Tempe, AZ; a M.A. from the University of N01them Colorado, Greeley, CO in Social Studies; and a M.A.T. from Tufts University, Medford, MA.



Position Role:
Full-Time Staff

Office Location:
SSB

Office Number:
440

Campus Box Number:
1

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Myron Anderson serves Metropolitan State University of Denver as the Associate to the President for Diversity. A member of the President’s Cabinet, Anderson is the University's Chief Diversity Officer responsible for articulating and resolving current and future issues related to diversity. He is responsible for investigating complaints and mediating fair settlements between aggrieved faculty, staff and students throughout the institution. In addition, Anderson identifies campus climate trends that may assist in developing strategies to pro-actively promote “inclusive excellence.”

After starting in 2007, MSU Denver has seen its enrollment of students of color increase by more than a third, making up 28 percent of the student body in fall 2010.

Dr. Anderson has worked in higher education for more than 20 years, in both administrative and academic positions. He also carries the rank of associate professor of education technology. Prior to his current position, he was the associate chair of the teacher education department at MSU Denver, and a faculty member and administrator at Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University (Virginia Tech). His areas of expertise are instructional technology, distance education and inclusive excellence.

He is the past co-advisor of the Student National Education Association Scholarship Committee and has been involved in national workshops to discuss and develop strategies and solve problems around diversity. He currently serves as a board member for the national organization, the American Association for Affirmative Action AAAA, as the Elections Chair.

Dr. Anderson earned a Ph.D. in instructional technology and a bachelor of arts in political science from Virginia Tech, and a master of science in curriculum and instruction from Radford University.



Position Role:
Full-Time Staff

Office Location:
MO

Office Number:
102

Campus Box Number:
63

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Position Role:
Full-Time Staff

Office Location:
MO

Campus Box Number:
63

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Dr. Wambalaba works out from Portland, Oregon and joined the WEEAC in late 2016 as part of the first year of our current grant. Prior to this appointment he was a Senior Program Advisor for fifteen years (1999–2015) with Region X EAC at Education Northwest in Portland, Oregon, which served Alaska, Idaho, Oregon, Washington, Hawaii, American Samoa, Guam, Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands, Federated States of Micronesia, and the republics of Palau and the Marshall Islands. Dr. Wambalaba provided training and technical assistance in key areas of school desegregation that include creating equitable teaching and learning environments; federal anti-discrimination laws, policies and compliance; minority faculty/staff recruitment and retention; immigrant and refugee student and family education issues; countering and preventing school based harassment and violence; culturally responsive teaching and multicultural education; Sheltered Instruction Observation Protocol (SIOP); and school, community, and family engagement. Dr. Wambalaba coordinated the Region X EAC’s Pacific region activities, served as the liaison for Federated States of Micronesia (FSM), Republic of Palau, and the Republic of the Marshall Islands (RMI), and provided extensive technical assistance to agencies in this region.



Position Role:
Part-Time Staff

Office Location:
MO

Campus Box Number:
63

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Ms. Miller works out of Arizona and joined the WEEAC in 2016 as part of the Region IV grant. Her past experiences include time as a school administrator and work with the previous Equity Assistance Center in her region. She has consulted with school districts and state departments of Arizona, California and Nevada to ascertain and define need and problem areas and determined scope of investigation required to obtain solution. Ms. Miller has used her expertise to obtain and analyze survey data to advise and recommend solutions, utilizing knowledge of theory, principles and field of specialization. Her work also includes writing, designing and producing professional development programs and training modules for students, teachers, paraprofessional, parents and school administrators in identified needs. She has continued to advise clients on alternate methods of solving needs and problems, and recommended specific solutions based on training in family/school issues of substance use, prevention of child abuse and neglect.



Position Role:
Full-Time Staff

Office Location:
MO

Office Number:
104

Campus Box Number:
0

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Mike Marquez, M.Ed., has worked in education for over twenty years with a focus of serving underrepresented groups in the classroom and surrounding community. As a licensed Social Studies teacher Mike has taught high school students in the rigorous curriculum of the International Baccalaureate (IB) Program. His experience includes twenty-two seasons as a high school football coach in the Denver Metro area. Early in his career Mike worked in the field of Human Services as a counselor in youth placement centers and has devoted most of his professional attention to students labeled “at risk”. In recent years’ higher education has been an area of focus as Mike has worked as an administrator in athletics and as a student advisor.

All of Mike’s education and experience has occurred within the Denver boundaries. He earned a Bachelor’s Degree in History from MSU Denver with a focus on secondary education. Mike obtained his teaching license and a Master’s Degree in Education from nearby Regis University. His commitment to students as an educator in Denver Public Schools and the Adams 12 school district has motivated students to pursue higher education opportunities. As the Equity Specialist and Technology Coordinator, Mike will oversee technology components of the WEEAC and help advance the program mission of promoting equitable education opportunities for all students.  



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