Dora S. Frias
Dora S. Frias (she/her/ella) is currently the Director of El Centro at Colorado State University (CSU). Previously, Dora served as the Director of the Pride Resource Center at CSU and the Program Director of Latinx Student Services at the University of Colorado Denver. Dora was born in Durango, Mexico and grew up El Paso, TX. She earned her B.S. from Texas A&M University and her M.S. at Colorado State University in Student Affairs in Higher Education. Dora has worked as a physical and health educator in the K-12 educational system and has spent the last 10 years working in Student Affairs and Higher Education, specializing in social justice education and advocating for underrepresented students on a variety of campuses across the country. She has served on leadership boards for several local and national organizations including Colorado Coalition for the Educational Advancement of Latinx (CoCEAL), and the ACPA Latinx Network. Dora has been a Co-Lead facilitator for the LeaderShape Institute, is a graduate of the Social Justice Training Institute and has been featured on a Higher Ed Live episode titled “LGBTQ + Latinx Issues in Student Affairs.” Through her work with students she hopes to create a community that fosters mutual respect, justice and equality for all. Outside of all that, she enjoys cooking, listening to podcasts, and spending time with her wife, their kiddo and family.
Michelle Cadena (she/her/ella) is the Assistant Director for El Centro. Michelle was raised in Tijuana/San Diego and completed her B.A. in Psychology and M.A. in Education with an Emphasis in Multicultural Counseling at San Diego State University. Michelle has worked in Higher Education for over 10 years which include experience in Student Affairs, TRiO programs and Mentoring Programs. Her passion for educational justice stems from her personal experience navigating the education system as a transborder Latinx student, as well as her experience working with students who have been historically excluded from the higher education narrative. Through her position in El Centro, Michelle hopes to continue advocating for her students, as well as provide space that fosters conversation, learning and growth for all who engage in it. Something that is important for her to embed in her work is art since she is an artist and believes in the power of healing through art. Other things that she enjoys are coffee, trying new food and music.