Director of Engagement
Deborah Romero currently serves as Director for Engagement as UNC, overseeing the Community and Civic Engagement strategic plan and working to support faculty, students and community in engaged teaching and learning and scholarship. Romero is faculty in Hispanic Studies where she teaches undergraduate classes in English as a Second Language and Applied Linguistics, and actively encourages engaged learning and research in her courses. She also teaches graduate classes for the MAT program in College of Education and Behavioral Sciences.
Romero has extensive experience partnering with K-12 schools and her research interests focus on engaged scholarship and collaborations with local teachers and culturally and linguistically diverse immigrant communities, supporting and understanding multilingualism, literacies, and identity development. She has published journal articles and book chapters in both English and Spanish and delivered numerous professional conference presentations and workshops.
With more than 20 years in higher education, Romero has an established record of leadership, scholarship, community engagement and development. She previously served as assistant professor at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, and The Monterrey Institute of Technology, Mexico, and as program chair at the Autonomous University Queretaro, Mexico. She currently works closely with the City of Greeley, University Relations, and serves on the Campus Compact of the Mountain West Advisory Board.
Associate Director of Engagement
Professor Epperson helped to develop UNC’s Community and Civic Engagement (CCE) Plan to institutionalize engagement at UNC. As a member of the University Libraries faculty, she has served on the Faculty Research & Publications Board, Sustainability Council, and the Work Environment Task Force, as well as co-developing and teaching LIB 201: Power & Control in an Information Society. This unique information literacy course is listed in the Liberal Arts Core and is cross-listed in the gtPathways curriculum.
"The collaborative, community-building nature of librarianship is one of the reasons I was drawn to the discipline; from working with students at all levels, faculty from across campus, and members of our broader community, that interactivity is compelling for me. I'm excited to be part of the deliberate emphasis on engaged work that implementation of the Plan presents, including acknowledging the great engaged scholarship and research that is already occurring in so many places at UNC," said Epperson.
Annie Epperson holds degrees in in Natural Resource Management (BS) and Environmental Sociology (MA) from Colorado State University, as well as Master of Library and Information Science from the University of North Texas. Epperson joined the University of Northern Colorado's University Libraries' faculty in 2004, and was promoted and granted tenure in 2009. Concurrent with her appointment as Associate Director of Engagement, she continues as Subject Librarian for Natural Sciences.
Kristin is in her second year of the Counselor Education and Supervision Ph.D. Program. She has a Masters degree in School Counseling from the University of Northern Colorado, and a Bachelors degree in Psychology, also from the University of Northern Colorado. Prior to her enrollment in the Ph.D. program, Kristin spent ten years as a School Counselor in Colorado Springs.
Kristin had the opportunity to work with Dr. Elysia Clemens and Dr. Heather Helm from the school of Applied Psychology and Counseling Education during the summer of 2014 on a community engaged research project. The research team partnered with Mile High United Way to conduct focus groups with youth in the foster care system. A report was created to provide information to the Colorado Department of Education, Colorado Department of Human Services, Mile High United Way, and the Morgidge Family Foundation. Data from this study will be used to provide baseline data to guide the development of a shared action plan, and to raise awareness of the educational needs of youth in foster care.
Holly N. Roberts
Graduate Student Employee
Ms. Roberts joined the Office of Engagement in autumn 2015.
Mr. Rees serves both Extended Studies and the Office of Engagement.
Cristal is a freshman at UNC and is majoring in Psychology with a minor in Special Education. Cristal is the first work study student for the CCE office. She began her work in the CCE office in November of 2014. Cristal is a first generation student and is bilingual in Spanish and English. Cristal aspires to attend graduate school at UNC in the School Psychology program.
CCE Campus Committee Membership 2014 - 2015
Bergman, Menan- Coordinator Athletic Development, Office of Development
Braafhart, Frances- Administrative Aide, Graduate School and International Admissions
Couch, Charles- Registrar, Office of the Registrar
Cullom, Charmayne- Professor of Computer Information Systems, MCB
Epperson, Annie- Associate Director, Office of Engagement Professor, University Libraries
Erekson, James- Associate Professor of Reading, School of Teacher Education, CEBS
Garcia, Cristobal- Assistant Director Alumni Relations
Gilbert, Elizabeth- Associate Professor of Community Health, School Human Sciences, NHS
Kang, Hyun (Hannah)- Assistant Professor, School of Teacher Education, CEBS
Kim, Youb- Associate Professor in Reading, School of Teacher Education, CEBS
Kimball, Michael- Associate Professor Anthropology, HSS
Kohles, James- Program Coordinator, Off-Campus Life, Student Activities Office
Luedloff, Brian- Associate Professor of Music, School of Music, PVA
Marston, Christine- Acting Associate Dean & Associate Professor in Economics, HSS
Murdock, Jennifer- Associate Professor, CEBS
Myers, Kristin- Graduate Assistant, Office of Engagement. Doctoral Student, Counselor Education
Romano, Sarah- Assistant Professor Political Science and International Affairs, HSS
Romero, Deborah- Associate Professor, ESL/Bilingual Studies, HHS. Director of Engagement.
Schwiderski, Christina- Assistant Director, Housing and Residential Education.
Smith, Thomas- AVP Undergraduate Studies and Dean of University College
Welch, Evan- Assistant Dean of Student Life & Director of Student Engagement
Wyscaver, Sarah. Director Leadership Studies, Honors and Scholars, University College
Affiliate Members 2014-2015
Black, Linda- Dean of Graduate School
McNally, Gillian- PVA-Theatre Education
Junne, George- Africana Studies
Gardner, Mitch- Africana Studies
Krahnke, Keiko- Chair & Associate Professor Management, Business Communications, MCB.
Past Committee Members
Olivo, Christiane (HSS-Political Science) 2012-13
Thomas, David (MCB-Management) 2012-13
Schwietz, Michele (Director of Office Sponsored Programs) 2013-14