Fall 2020 Membership Meeting Registration Now OPEN!


Fall 2020 Virtual Membership Meeting

All member institutions are invited to an exciting Virtual Fall Membership Meeting on Friday, November 6th, 2020!

Just a friendly reminder, please make sure to check with your institution for membership renewal for the 2020-2021 academic year. This meeting will be exclusive to paid members only. Click here for a list of institutional representatives and to see the membership level your institution has secured. Also, consider taking advantage of our 2020 15% discount on all membership levels. Individual memberships are also available at just $25. Please click here for all membership renewal information.
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Meet Michael Benitez, Ph.D.

A highly sought out speaker and go-to workshop leader at colleges and conferences nationwide, Dr. Michael Benitez is a nationally acclaimed scholar practitioner and educator in the field of diversity, equity and inclusion in higher education, known for his down-to-earth, insightful commentary and critical perspectives on social and cultural issues, ranging; leadership and identity development, intersectionality, race and ethnicity, knowledge production, and critical and inclusive pedagogy/practice in higher education.

Dr. Benitez has authored book chapters and articles on student identity, hip hop culture, cultural centers, cultural and ethnic studies, institutional research and campus climates, and faculty development. He is co-editor of the anthology, Crash Course: Reflections on the Film “Crash” for Critical Dialogues About Race, Power and Privilege, and has contributed to online magazines, scholarly databases, books, and journals. Benitez has been featured in educational documentaries such as Cracking the Codes: The System of Racial Inequity and has appeared on talk shows such as Worlds Apart, Hard Knock Radio, and Speak out with Tim Wise.

Part of Dr. Benitez’s success lies in his ability to speak heart-to-heart while bridging theory and scholarly inquiry with everyday life, his use of accessible language that multiple audiences can relate to, and his deep knowledge and practice of innovate equity and inclusion-based strategies and approaches to address some of higher education’s more pressing campus climate issues of today, including the Diversity Monologues- a critical spoken work initiative he has helped implement and shape at multiple institutions, the campus climate community participatory framework, and the Northwest 5 Consortium for supporting faculty of color

Over the last two decades, Dr. Benitez has served higher education in different capacities, including; academic and student affairs; diversity, equity and inclusion; EEO and Title IX compliance, and teaching. Dr. Benitez has served as Director of Diversity Initiatives at Dickinson College, Director of Intercultural Development and the Black Cultural Center at Lafayette College, adjunct faculty in the Graduate School of Leadership and Professional Advancement at Duquesne University, Director of Intercultural Engagement and Leadership at Grinnell College, and Chief Diversity Officer/Dean of Diversity and Inclusion, and Title IX and EEO Officer at the University of Puget Sound. Presently, he serves as Vice President for Diversity and Inclusion at Metropolitan State University, Denver.

Dr. Benitez completed both his B.S. and M.Ed. at the Pennsylvania State University, where he gained interest in pursuing doctoral studies as a TRIO student and McNair Scholar, and holds a Ph.D. in Educational Leadership and Policy with a focus on Social Justice in Higher Education, from Iowa State University School of Education. Dr. Benitez has been recognized with multiple leadership and scholarly awards, throughout his career, and continues to serve as one of higher education’s leading and transformative change-makers and DEI leaders. He currently resides in Denver, CO. with his family.