Colorado State University – Pueblo announces finalists for Diversity and Inclusion position

Colorado State University – Pueblo announces finalists for Diversity and Inclusion position

PUEBLO – Three individuals have been selected as finalists for the Director of Diversity and Inclusion position at Colorado State University-Pueblo.

The following three candidates will interview at a variety of campus forums next week for the position: Jennifer DeLuna, director, Transfer Resources Center at the City Colleges of Chicago; George Jackson III, director of the Office of Multicultural Student Affairs at Illinois Wesleyan University in Bloomington, Ill.; and Trisha Macias, Executive Assistant to the President at CSU-Pueblo. LaNeeca Williams, who had been serving in a similar capacity, took a position at the University of Evansville earlier this summer.  

The Director of Diversity and Inclusion reports to the Vice President for Student Services and Enrollment Management and provides leadership, vision, and consultation for university-wide efforts that promote and support student diversity, equity, and inclusion. The Director will provide oversight and supervision of the Diversity & Inclusion Center, including university programs and services that promote diversity through educational programming and special events.  The Director will collaborate internally with student clubs and organizations and will also be involved with community groups and initiatives that prioritize diversity and inclusion. The Director will work with appropriate committees and staff to develop institutional vision and strategy for the University’s diversity goals and advance the effort to recruit and retain a diverse population of students. The Director will serve as the University’s diversity leader and will provide guidance to the University Board on Diversity and Equality and will serve as a non-voting ex-officio member.

The candidates will interview on campus on the following dates: Jennifer DeLuna, October 21; George Jackson III, October 22, Trisha Macias, October 23. Copies of the candidates’ resumes are available for viewing at


All three candidates will follow the same interview schedule on their visits, including:


9 – 9:50 a.m.         Open forum for campus and community (Oct. 21, Hearthwell Lounge and Oct. 22-23, Aspen Leaf)


1– 1:50  p.m.         Faculty and Staff (Oct. 21, Hearthwell Lounge and Oct. 22-23, Aspen Leaf)


2 – 2:50 p.m.         Students in ASG Chambers

Since January, DeLuna has served as the director of the Transfer Resources Center at Daley College (City Colleges of Chicago). Prior to that she spent two years as a program manager in the Office of Inclusion and Intercultural Relations at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign (UIUC), where she coordinated an NASPA Undergraduate Fellows Program and supervised six full-time office associates. From 2007-11, she served as assistant director of the La Casa Cultural Latina at UIUC, where she coordinated and implemented large campus and community wide events geared toward Latino/a issues. She earned a bachelor’s degree in entertainment media management from Columbia College in Chicago, a master’s degree in educational policy organization and leadership from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, and is pursuing an Ed.D. in higher education and organizational change from Benedictine University in Lisle, Ill.

Since July of 2012, Jackson has served as director of the Office of Multicultural Student Affairs at Illinois Wesleyan University, where he provides support retention services for students of color and collaborates with campus constituencies to provide diversity and social justice-related educational programs and activities for students, faculty, staff, and the Bloomington-Normal community. From 2008-12, he was the coordinator of diversity affairs at Fort Hays State University in Hays, Kansas. He has additional higher education experience at Messiah College in Grantham, Pa., and at Butler University in Indianapolis, Ind. He holds a bachelor’s degree in communication and theatre arts from Taylor University in Upland, Mich., and a master’s degree in student affairs in higher education from CSU in Fort Collins.  

For the past 10 years, Macias has served three permanent presidents, two interims, and one acting president as Executive Assistant to the President at CSU-Pueblo. From 1998-2003, she served as assistant to the deans at Pikes Peak Community College. She has extensive experience executing leadership programs and opportunities for students, both in the classroom and as a mentor through a variety of organizations from the Colorado Coalition for the Educational Advancement of Latinos, Pueblo Hispanic Education Foundation, MYLIFE (Multicultural Youth Leadership Initiative for Excellence), and BELLAS (Benefitting the Education of Latinas in Leadership and Academics). She also helped form the first Latina Sorority on campus, Lambda Theta Nu, the fifth in Colorado. A Pueblo native and first generation college student, Macias earned a bachelor’s degree in communication from the University of Colorado-Boulder and a Master of Business Administration from CSU-Pueblo. 

Colorado State University - Pueblo is a regional, comprehensive university emphasizing professional, career-oriented, and applied programs. Displaying excellence in teaching, celebrating diversity, and engaging in service and outreach, CSU-Pueblo is distinguished by access, opportunity, and the overall quality of services provided to its students.