Dr. Sabrina C. Sideris
Sabrina Carolina Sideris has been the Program Director of INVST since August 2007. Sabrina’s professional purpose is to support learners as they decide upon a course of reflective action for positive change, dedicating themselves to social justice work. She is passionate about helping people become more skillful change makers. Sabrina was in INVST as a student from 1998-2000 and she has been involved in INVST's leadership in some way, shape or form ever since. She has a Masters Degree in Peace Education from the United Nations-mandated University for Peace in Costa Rica and has just received her Doctoral Degree in Higher Education at the University of Denver where she focuses her studies on the diversity and inclusion programs and practices of higher ed institutions. She is also on the board for the Boulder Housing Coalition, which develops affordable housing cooperatives. In her free time, Sabrina likes to play ping pong with her wife Sarah and spend time outside enjoying the beauty of Colorado with Quimby, a small but fiercely energetic terrier.
Annie Miller joins the INVST Community Studies staff as an alumna of the class of 2006, 14 RPMs (Revolutions per Moment). She brings with her a wealth of knowledge in experiential education, non-profit and governmental work. Her background includes leading gap year and summer educational programs in Latin America, working and teaching on various organic farms, establishing a community garden program as part of Tri-County Health Department, and teaching high school Spanish. She is passionate about the natural world and likes to spend her time learning about and foraging for edible and medicinal foods, cultivating herbs and veggies in her garden and spending time with friends and family.
Dr. Paul Strom, Ph.D
Paul completed his undergraduate work at CU Boulder, majoring in mathematics and physics. This part of his journey included a transformative year through the Study Abroad Program at the University of Lancaster, England. His academic and career interests shifted, however, and Paul received his Ph.D from the University of Denver and Iliff School of Theology in the “Religion and Social Change” program. After some years teaching around the state, Paul was invited to become the Director of the CU Residential Honors Program and teach classes in ethics and nonviolent social change. His research and writing are focused on nonviolent social movements as well as “community building” in campus residential halls. Paul was the Faculty in Residence in Smith Hall at CU for the Honors Program and has now returned to his home in the mountains. In addition to his studies he is working on his photography and a memoir. You can see Paul on his bicycle on campus or on the trails in Rocky Mountain National Park.
Allie Van Buskirk, M.A.
Allie is a long-time INVST supporter and couldn’t be more thrilled to be a part of such a dynamite instructor team. She brings a unique skill set to this role: a wealth of non-profit management, fundraising, and group facilitation experience combined with years of personal mindfulness practice and a Masters Degree in Contemplative Education from Naropa University. She is passionate about supporting community leaders and activists in developing a sense of self and well being that will truly enable a lifetime commitment to compassionate action. When she isn’t teaching, Allie can be found exploring Colorado’s beautiful trails with her dog Sunny, making herbal medicines, experimenting with cooking, leading women’s groups, teaching yoga or traveling the world.
Sam Bullington, Ph.D.
Sam Bullington is passionate about the transformative power of inspired teaching. An overarching goal of his pedagogy is to help students make conscious what they’ve been trained to keep unconscious, and watching students come to insights about themselves and their place in the world constitutes the most satisfying aspect of teaching for him. Sam is a social scientist with training in Anthropology, Geography, and Environmental Studies and a Ph.D. in Feminist Studies from University of Minnesota. He did his academic research in South Africa where he worked with LGBT and AIDS activists. As a transsexual, he has a unique and broad understanding of gender, as well as social categories more generally.
Since the election, Sam has been leading workshops on unlearning racism, toxic masculinity, and decolonizing teaching, as well as engaged spirituality/spiritual activism. Sam founded and directs Phoenix, Colorado’s Transgender Community Choir and has had a lifelong interest in the role of music in social justice movements. When not teaching or leading Phoenix, Sam has a shamanic counseling practice, leads vision quests, and is currently writing a book—part memoir, part gender studies, part spiritual teaching—called Transgender Wisdom: What I’ve Learned about Gender and Life from Living in the Grey Areas.
Outreach for Social Justice Team 2019-2020
Mohammed is a Senior at CU Boulder majoring in International Affairs and Political Science and minoring in Arabic and Spanish. He is an Outreach Assitant for INVST and is passionate about government, middle eastern geopolitics, and languages. He’s always willing to discuss them whenever. In his free time, Mohammed likes to stay active and be outdoors, cook, and spend time with friends and family.