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...
Ashmi Desai

Ashmi Desai

Graduate Assistant & Instructor, Leadership Studies Minor • Instructor, CU Dialogues Program • Research Associate, CU Engage • Postdoctoral Associate, School of Education
CU Engage | School of Education
Dr. Ashmi Desai is a researcher and instructor with Leadership Studies Minor to develop student ePortfolios and teach the foundational leadership course. In this role, she collaborates with the program director and partners to conceptualize and implement ePortfolio design and vision for active student learning across digital platforms. Ashmi is also involved in student advising, program evaluation and conducting student workshops. Ashmi received her Ph.D from University of Colorado Boulder...
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...
Ben Kirshner

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...
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

portrait of Sandy Bracken

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...