Krishna Pattisapu
Director of Diversity Recruitment and Retention

Fleming Building, Room 82A
University of Colorado Boulder
249 UCB
Boulder, CO 80309-0249

Krishna Pattisapu (they/them/theirs) earned their Ph.D. in Culture and Communication from the University of Denver in 2014. They have 12 years of work experience in higher education, including academic instruction, college pathway and pre-collegiate program administration, and first-generation student support. They are an advocate for intersectional social justice, LGBTQ+ students and students of color. They have volunteered and served in leadership roles in various LGBTQ+ community organizations in Boulder and Denver. They live in Longmont with their husband, Cole, and their cat, Maggie.

LGBTQ+ students of color, critical race theory, intersectionality, intercultural communication, critical communication pedagogy

LEAD 1001: Becoming a Leader (in the Multicultural Leadership Scholars pathway)

EDUC 1020: First-Year Success at CU (in the Education Diversity Scholars program)

Summer instructor for the Pre-Collegiate Development Program at CU Boulder; summer affiliate faculty at Front Range Community College; previous board member for Out Boulder County and volunteer for OASOS LGBTQ+ youth group

Pattisapu, K. (2018). “Celebration, Resistance and Change: Queer Gender Performers of Color as Public Pedagogues.” Queer Communication Pedagogy. Eds. A. Atay & S. Pensoneau-Conway. New York: Routledge.

Pattisapu, K. (2019).“The Necessity of Intentionally Closed Spaces for LGBTQ Youth of Color.” The Assembly Journal of Public Education.

Alaoui, F. C., Moreira, R., Pattisapu, K., Shukri, S., and Calafell, B. M. (2014). “I Am Not Maria/Samira: On the Interchangeability of ‘Brownness’ in U.S. American Pedagogical Contexts.” Claiming a Seat at the Table: Feminism, Underserved Women of Color, Voice and Resistance. Eds. S. Givens and K. Tassie. Lanham, MD: Lexington Press. (2014).

Pattisapu, K. and Calafell, B. M. (2012). “(Academic) Families of Choice: Queer Relationality, Mentoring, and Critical Communication Pedagogy.” Identity Research and Communication: Intercultural Reflections and Future Directions. Eds. N. Bardhan and M. Orbe. Lanham, MD: Lexington Press.