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BOLD Center Staff

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Sarah Miller
Assistant Dean for Inclusive Excellence
sarah.m.miller@colorado.edu (303) 492-2417

Sarah Miller provides vision and leadership for the recruitment, retention, and success of outstanding and diverse students, faculty, and staff. As Assistant Dean for Inclusive Excellence, she leads the Broadening Opportunity through Leadership and Diversity (BOLD) Center, overseeing efforts to attract and prepare students for the rigors of engineering study and careers, and to improve student performance and graduation rates. Appointed in January 2014, Miller comes to CU-Boulder from the National Science Foundation, where she worked in STEM education as a American Association for the Advancement of Science Fellow.

Sarah believes that every child deserves an excellent education.  She has worked in inner-city public schools, both as a teacher and as an administrator, and in the admissions office of Amherst College, where she earned a B.A. in Chemistry.  She holds a PhD from Yale University in chemical and environmental engineering, where her doctoral research produced a bio-based water purification system for removing arsenic from developing world water supplies.

Beverly Louie

Dr. Bev Louie
Director, Teaching and Learning Initiatives
beverly.louie@colorado.edu  (303) 492-4967

Dr. Louie has been the Director of the Women in Engineering Program and a Senior Instructor in the Department of Chemical & Biological Engineering. She received a BS in Chemical Engineering from the University of Colorado (1977), an MS in Chemical Engineering from the University of Colorado (1983), and a PhD in Mechanical Engineering from Oxford University (1993). At CU-Boulder, she has taught GEEN 1400 (Engineering Projects), GEEN 1500 (Introduction to Engineering), CHEN 1300 (Introduction to Chemical & Biological Engineering) and CHEN 3130 and 4130 (Chemical Engineering Junior and Senior Lab).

In the BOLD Center, Dr. Louie’s focus is to increase the number of female students studying engineering at CU-Boulder, develop and implement engineering education initiatives and increase student performance and community-building through the addition of the Education Excellence Foundation (EEF)-sponsored Student Success Center and the new Women in Engineering Living and Learning Community. She works to broaden the peer and professional mentoring programs, to provide more professional development opportunities, and to develop more scholarships for female students. You are welcome to ask her about resources and opportunities that are currently available.

LaRuth McAfee

Dr. LaRuth McAfee
Director, Student Engagement & Community Building Programs
laruth.mcafee@colorado.edu (303) 492-8809

Dr. McAfee joined the BOLD Center in August 2009 as Director of Student Engagement and Community Building. In this position, she provides vision and leads in the development of academic and student support programs for the BOLD Center community. These include mentorship programs, support for the Andrews Hall Residential Academic Community, and oversight of cohort development for certain scholarship programs. Dr. McAfee oversees the BOLD Student Leadership Council and additionally co-teaches GEEN 1510 (Self-Management and Leadership) with Dr. Louie.

Dr. McAfee holds chemical engineering degrees from the University of Michigan (BSE) and MIT (PhD). Over the past few years, she has focused on engineering education, having spent a year doing a National Academy of Engineering-sponsored engineering education postdoc and three years as Executive Director for Education at a Science & Technology Center headquartered at Case Western Reserve University. Please do not hesitate to contact her to discuss preparing for graduate school or nontraditional careers in engineering.

Amanda Parker

Ms. Amanda Parker
Director, Access and Recruiting
amanda.s.parker@colorado.edu  (303) 492-6876

As the College of Engineering and Applied Science’s Director of Access and Recruiting, Amanda works to provide pathways and support to prospective engineering students. Her focus, working in collaboration with the Office of Admissions, is to increase the number of underrepresented minority, women, first-generation college-bound, low-income and talented scholars pursuing engineering at our College.

Amanda is an alum of CU-Boulder, graduating in 2009 with a BS in Chemical Engineering. Feel free to contact her to talk about opportunities within the College.

Tanya Ennis

Ms. Tanya Ennis
Director, GoldShirt Program
tanya.ennis@colorado.edu (303) 492-6473

Ms. Ennis is the Director of the GoldShirt Program, which provides underrepresented students access to engineering. Ms. Ennis believes that all students, regardless of their circumstance, are learners and have the creative capacity to achieve and exceed their goals, especially to become and thrive as engineers. She also serves as an Instructor for Preparatory Physics (PHYS 1000) and Introduction to Engineering Design (GEEN 1400).

As the mathematics department chair at the Denver School of Science and Technology, Ms. Ennis’ passion for teaching helped high school students of all backgrounds exceed math performance expectations. She received a BS degree in Electrical Engineering from Southern University, Baton Rouge, Louisiana an MS in Computer Engineering from the University of Southern California, Los Angeles, Ms. Ennis brings a wealth of knowledge from both her professional and educational experience when she teaches and advises CU engineering students.

She has extensive corporate experience in the telecommunications industry where she developed and implemented large-scale systems for AT&T, Bell Laboratories, U S WEST and Covad Communications.

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Kaitlyn O’Toole
Communications and Event Planning Specialist
kaitlyn.otoole@colorado.edu (303) 492-1761

Kaitlyn O’Toole is the communications and event planning specialist for the BOLD Center, and plays a key role in advertising and facilitating BOLD events and programs for diverse audiences. From developing BOLD Center publications and printed work to supporting the website and social networking, Kaitlyn puts a face on the BOLD Center for the world.

Kaitlyn is from Des Moines, Iowa and graduated from Iowa State University with a B.F.A. in Graphic Design. Feel free to contact her with questions about the website or any upcoming events.