The University of Denver’s Annual Diversity Summit is a signature program hosted by the campus to celebrate and discuss challenges related to diversity, inclusion and equity in higher education. Working with Dr. Ash on this year’s Summit was a refreshing experience because her work ethic is so strong. She worked seamlessly with a 30 member committee made up of undergraduate and graduate students, alumni, faculty, staff and administrators from all backgrounds. She was able to gain their trust as a non-DU community member and rally them enthusiastically around the coordination of this exciting event. Dr. Ash has a wonderfully calming and strong approach to leadership. She is not afraid to challenge folks but she is also extremely supportive — all with the intention of helping a group meet their goals. Dr. Ash was the absolutely perfect fit for this project as her background and passion for social justice, diversity, and inclusive excellence are solid. Her insights and suggestions helped elevate the quality and value of a 13 year old event!

Johanna Leyba, Assistant Provost for
Campus & Community Partnerships
Center for Multicultural Excellence

University of Denver
Denver, Colorado