2013 ASU Equity Retreat


J. Elliott Cisneros lives in Antonito with a herd of animals where he is helping to start a multicultural community. He is Executive Director of The Sum – a non-profit he started 7 years ago to do work across our socio/cultural differences. As part of these passions he is designing a new, individualizable web course and building a strawbale greenhouse. He has enjoyed travel – two recent favorites were leading student trips to India to study Gandhi and globalization and travelling to Cuba last summer with his partner Julie who is a "santera." He likes to run, play some guitar and piano and write music and he loves being a part-time vaquero! He identifies as straight, and bicultural: Hispano and Anglo. He has taught at Naropa University in Boulder, Colorado, worked as the Director of the Human Rights Office for the City of Fort Collins, as a school principal, and as a special educator – beginning his career in this capacity on the Navajo Reservation in New Mexico. He lived in co-housing for 15 years and has two daughters, Isabel (20) and Amalia (17).

Barb Catbagan is a Core Faculty member in the Interdisciplinary Studies Department, and the Director of The School of Humanities and Interdisciplinary Studies at Naropa University. Barbara’s commitment to transformational leadership is grounded in her K-12 teaching background and her association with the National Coalition for Equity in Education through which she works with institutions of higher education on issues and initiatives of equity, social justice, and personal and professional development. Through her past work as the Director of the Human Rights Resource and Education Office for the City of Fort Collins, she facilitated professional development and community educational opportunities on topics of civility, communication and human rights, and investigated and mediated allegations of discrimination. As a certified mediator, she has worked with individuals and groups on workplace mediation and to settle disputes of discrimination. She consults with businesses, organizations and educational institutions, and has presented locally and nationally on topics germane to diversity and social justice. She has a B.A. in English and a M.Ed. from Colorado State University.