Diversity and Human Rights Committee

About the SSW Diversity and Human Rights Committee

2017-18 committee

In conceptual thought, "diversity" is a commitment to acknowledging and embracing the myriad characteristics that make each of us exceptional, within an atmosphere that promotes and celebrates individual and collective achievement.

The Diversity and Human Rights Committee recognizes the need to welcome and honor people of all races, genders, creeds, cultures, and sexual orientations, while valuing intellectual curiosity and integrity.

Working together to promote social justice and social change through engaging scholarship, teaching, and community service, the Committee seeks to understand, celebrate, and embrace diversity. The Committee also provides leadership and direction to the School of Social Work for implementation of diversity initiatives in accordance with its diversity plan.

2017-18 Committee Members

Helen Abbey

Helen Abbey

Helen Abbey is a third year student majoring in social work and minoring in women’s studies and ethnic studies. Since coming to college, she has discovered her love for diversity through her experiences and studies. Helen believes diversity is so important because bringing people of different backgrounds and experiences together generates new ideas and perspectives. Helen loves diversity because of the new people you can meet, and the culture, traditions, and practices that you can experience. She hopes to inspire others to become fully accepting and tolerant of other cultures, people, and lifestyles.

Aubree Brewer

Aubree Brewer

Aubree Brewer is a sophomore studying Social Work at Colorado State University. She is no stranger to advocating for human rights and diversity. In her hometown of Denver, Colorado, she has a passion for working as a mentor of empowerment and guidance with youth from many ethnicities and backgrounds. She is a frequent volunteer with The Salvation Army, Food Bank of the Rockies, and Breakthrough Kent Denver, an educational support program for students. Through her involvement in Key Communities, and the Black/ African American Cultural Center on the CSU campus, Aubree has gained a stronger sense for the need of cultural acceptance, and developing a genuine understanding for differences within the CSU community and the world at large. She hopes to continue to educate herself more on what it means to be an advocate for human rights and equality for the CSU community and beyond. After graduation, Aubree hopes to pursue a career in Child Welfare.

Eunhee Choi

Eunhee Choi, MSW, PhD

Assistant Professor
(970) 491-7854

Dr. Choi joined the CSU faculty in fall of 2013. Her main areas of research interest are aging, racial inequality, health disparity, and policy, particularly for older workers and volunteers under the perspective of productive aging. She is currently involved in research examining racial inequality among older workers including Whites, Blacks, and Latinos, within the theoretical framework of cumulative advantage/disadvantage. She also served older people from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds as a social worker at Migrant Resource Center in Melbourne, Australia, providing home and community care programs.

Jovan Lovato

Jovan Lovato

Jovan is a fourth-year student studying Women and Gender Studies, and Social Work. With a passion for social, political, and economic justice; Jovan hopes to bring an intersectional Feminist praxis to a long-term career in education. It is his belief that we can begin to decolonize Social Work practice and our greater society through critical and reflexive education and action. As a member of the committee, an Ambassador for the Center for Women's Studies and Gender Research, and co-founder of the Student Feminist Fight Club at CSU; Jovan hopes to contribute to a more inclusive, equitable, and competent education for everyone in our community.

Evan Lowe

Evan Lowe, M.S.W.

Academic Success Coordinator
(970) 491-1198

Mr. Lowe joined the CSU staff in Fall 2016, after receiving both his B.S.W. and M.S.W. from Colorado State University. He has worked with at-risk juveniles through the Adams County Juvenile Assessment Center, as well as through the Denver Housing Authority’s Youth Employment Academy. His interestes include include higher education, African-American community development, juvenile justice, youth and family development, and community poverty. By promoting social justice, Mr. Lowe hopes to create notions of inclusiveness on campus as well as in the greater community.

Brenda Miles

Brenda Miles, M.S.W.

BSW Program Director and Instructor
(970) 491-2314

Brenda K. Miles, Instructor and B.S.W. Program Director, joined the Colorado State University faculty in 1990. Ms. Miles received her MSSW from the University of Tennessee in 1977. She began working as a social worker with a bachelor’s degree in 1975. With over 37 years of experience, she has worked in the fields of developmental disabilities, learning problems, and families and children. Another area of interest has been in administration of social work agencies. She has been employed in child development, medical education, training and day activity for adults with developmental disabilities, and state and agency administration.

Emma Reust

Emma Reust

Emma is currently a student in the B.S.W. program with a minor in Anthropology. She graduated from Polaris Expeditionary Learning School in Fort Collins in 2013. Within the CSU community, she has been a member of the Key Communities, a student mentor for Key Explore, and a School of Social Work Student Ambassador. Emma is also a member of Delta Alpha Pi (DAPi), an honor society founded to recognize high-achieving students with disabilities. Emma is interested in studying and understanding how and why people react to trauma and traumatic events. Because of this interest, she plans on working with people and populations experiencing PTSD.

Jasmine Saleem

Jasmine Saleem

Jasmine Saleem is a sophomore in the B.S.W program, and plans to pursue her M.S.W upon graduation. She is interested in child welfare and policy on a domestic and international level, and aspires to work with, and advocate for, immigrant and refugee children and families. As an Afghan-American Muslim, Jasmine hopes to contribute a unique cultural perspective to the social work department at Colorado State University, and to the profession as a whole.

Malcolm Scott

Malcolm Scott, MSW, PhD

Assistant Professor
(970) 491-5818

Dr. Malcolm E. Scott, Assistant Professor, joined the Colorado State University School of Social Work faculty in the spring of 2006. Dr. Scott received his Ph.D. in Education and Human Resource Studies in 2005 (Interdisciplinary – Education/Social Work), and his M.S.W. from Colorado State in 2001, and a B.S.W. degree from Southern University (Baton Rouge, LA) in 1999. Dr. Scott has been employed in many settings within the university and has worked in the areas of youth and community research, diversity and cultural competence, and organizational culture and development.

Marie Villescas-Zamzow

Marie Villescas-Zamzow, M.S.W., LCSW

BSW Advisor and Instructor
(970) 491-3120

Ms. Villescas-Zamzow identifies as a strong Hispanic cisgender woman with the pronouns of “she, her, and hers.” She is dedicated to promoting diversity and inclusive spaces, and teaches a diversity class for the School of Social Work, sharing the value of understanding privilege and oppression. She has worked in the field of social work for 24 years, specializing in clinical work with children, families, and groups. For the past ten years, Ms. Villescas-Zamzow has worked for the Department of Human Services with abused and neglected youth and their families. This history of work has increased her passion and dedication to the field, and the marginalized populations it serves.

Paula Yuma

Paula Yuma, M.P.H., Ph.D.

Assistant Professor
(970) 491-1906

Dr. Yuma is an Assistant Professor in the School of Social Work at Colorado State University. Prior to joining CSU, Dr. Yuma completed a post-doctoral fellowship with a dual appointment in the LBJ School of Public Affairs and the School of Social Work at the University of Texas at Austin. Dr. Yuma studies the effects of environmental, economic, and social characteristics of neighborhoods on the health and well-being of individuals. She has published most recently in the journal Pediatrics and the Journal of Trauma and Critical Care Surgery. Dr. Yuma has teaching experience in the areas of research methods and theory, and enjoys taking social work students into the community for service-learning.