Current Instructors

Kira Pasquesi

Kira Pasquesi

Program Director, Leadership Studies Minor
CU Engage | School of Education
Kira Pasquesi is excited to serve as the Leadership Studies Minor Program Director and Instructor with CU Engage and the School of Education. Kira is completing her doctoral degree in the Higher Education and Student Affairs program at the University of Iowa. Her research examines how colleges and universities use language to represent diversity and inclusion in community engagement. Kira previously served as a community engagement professional at Colorado College...
kira.pasquesi@colorado.edu     (303) 492-8701
Ashmi Desai

Ashmi Desai

Graduate Assistant & Instructor, Leadership Studies Minor • Instructor, CU Dialogues Program • Research Associate, CU Engage
CU Engage | School of Education
Ashmi Desai ​enjoys her dual appointment as Graduate Research Assistant and Instructor with CU Dialogues and Leadership Studies Minor Programs. ​Ashmiis completing her doctoral degree in Communication and Media Studies from the University of Colorado Boulder. Her doctoral research examines the role of news media in representing violent conflict. In another life, ​she was a journalist with The Times of India ​newspaper in South Asia. During her spare time, ​Ashmi...
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Ben Kirshner

Professor, Leadership Studies Minor • Faculty Director, CU Engage
CU Engage | School of Education
Ben Kirshner, PhD is Associate Professor of Educational Pyschology and Learning Sciences in the School of Education at the University of Colorado Boulder and Faculty Director of CU Engage: Community-Based Learning and Research. Ben's research examines how young people from marginalized communities interpret their sociopolitical context and learn to exercise collective political agency. Ben is co-PI for a international study, led by Roderick Watts and funded by Atlantic Philanthropies, examining...
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Quána Madison

Instructor, Leadership Studies Minor
CU Engage | School of Education
Quána Madison is an education professional with over 10 years of experience working in public, private and international schools in the United States and China. Her background and training has focused on educational equity, diversity, leadership, urban education, refugee advocacy, international education development and higher education. Her education articles have been featured in Shanghai magazines, including: That's Shanghai , Shanghai Family , and Shanghai City Weekend for Parents & Kids...
Steve Sommer

Steve Sommer

Instructor, Leadership Studies Minor
CU Engage | School of Education | Institute of Cognitive Science
Stephen Sommer is a dual doctoral candidate in the Learning Sciences and Human Development Program (Education) and the Institute of Cognitive Science at the University of Colorado, Boulder. Prior to this Stephen academically studied philosophy of mind, linguistics, and social theory at Lewis & Clark College while working as a volunteer coordinator and outreach officer for the office of Student Leadership and Service. For more than a decade Stephen worked...

Newton Chair in Leadership

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Alexander (Sandy) Bracken

Instructor | Leadership Studies Minor • Executive Director of the Bard Center for Entrepreneurship • Endowed Chair in Leadership, Quigg and Virginia S. Newton
CU Engage | School of Education
Dr. Alexander E. (Sandy) Bracken was appointed to the Quigg and Virginia S. Newton Endowed Chair in Leadership in January 2012, spending the last three years devoted to the development of the Leadership Studies Minor to ensure all undergraduates have access to leadership educatio. Dr. Bracken served as the Executive Director of the Bard Center for Entrepreneurship at the University of Colorado at Denver, School of Business, from 2001-2007, and...

Past Instructors

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Marni Gauthier

CU Engage | School of Education
Dr. Marni Gauthier earned her BA at Boston University, her MA at SUNY Buffalo, and her PhD at the University of Colorado, Boulder. She is an award-winning teacher, expert learning designer, and published author. From 2002-2012, Marni was a professor of contemporary literature and film at the State University of New York. There she held several leadership positions and was granted tenure by unanimous vote at every level of the...
Alphonse Keasley

Alphonse Keasley

Associate Vice Chancellor, Associate Vice Chancellor in the Office of Diversity, Equity and Community Engagement
The Office of Diversity • Equity • and Community Engagement
Alphonse Keasley serves as the Associate Vice Chancellor in the Office of Diversity, Equity and Community Engagement. He has been on the university campus for more than 30 years as a student, faculty and staff member, and now as an administrator. He enjoys his many different engagements with students, faculty, administration and staff. In addition to his busy life on campus, Dr. Keasley is the current president of the Boulder...
Alphonse.Keasley@Colorado.edu     303-735-1332
Ginnie Logan

Ginnie Logan

PhD Student, Leadership Studies Minor
CU Engage | School of Education
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Walt Morgan

Instructor, Leadership Studies Minor • National Curriculum Manager for the Navy's Leadership and Management course
US Navy | CU Engage | School of Education
Commander Walt Morgan brings to the classroom over twenty years of leadership experience gained in the United States Navy. For the last three years he has been the Executive Officer with CU's Navy ROTC unit, which includes leading an eleven member staff to prepare Midshipmen and Officer Candidates for Naval Service. Commander Morgan serves as the National Curriculum Manager for the Navy's Leadership and Management course, a course he also...
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Gordon Riggle

Instructor, Leadership Studies Minor
CU Engage | School of Education
Gordon Riggle is an accomplished leader in government, business and the military. Today he teaches leadership and strategy at CU-Boulder. Additionally, he has a consulting practice in leadership, strategy, and government relations Prior to moving to Colorado, Riggle served at the White House as Deputy Assistant to the President and Director of the Office of Administration. The Office of Administration provides round-the-clock support to all agencies within the Executive Office...
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Angela Thieman Dino

Instructor, Leadership Studies Minor
CU Engage | School of Education
Angela Thieman Dino is a cultural anthropologist and alumna of CU-Boulder. She is on CU's College of Engineering faculty and is co-director of the Engineering Leadership Program. She also enjoys teaching the Presidents Leadership Class' research-based course about complex social problems and the Leadership Studies Minor's capstone course. Additionally, Thieman Dino is a Preceptor for Watson University, teaching young social entrepreneurs from around the world In the recent past she...