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Paul M. Buckley, Ph.D 

Dr. Buckley Portrait

Assistant Vice President, Director of The Butler Center

Worner Campus Center Office 234A 

(719)389-6338 |

Paul M. Buckley is an assistant vice president and director of The Butler Center.  In his role as assistant vice president, Paul engages senior leadership, faculty, and staff in the college’s signature work to advance inclusion and equity.  As inaugural director of The Butler Center, Paul leads the office to actualize his vision for inclusive student support, shared teaching and learning, and empowerment of the Colorado College community.

With a wide range of experiences in student and academic affairs— from access and retention programs to fraternity/sorority life, multicultural affairs, diversity training and holistic advising— Paul brings an outstanding skill set to his work at Colorado College.  Prior to his current role, Paul served as assistant dean of undergraduates at Dartmouth College.  Along his two decades journey in higher education administration, Paul co-founded the award winning WellsLink Leadership Program at Syracuse University and was instrumental in establishing the Office of Institutional Diversity at Andrews University.  He is an active member of several professional associations, serves on the National Advisory Council of the National Conference on Race and Ethnicity in American Education (NCORE), consults on diversity issues for colleges/universities and other entities, and presents/speaks at regional and inter/national conferences.    

Dr. Buckley is a first-generation college graduate. He earned his doctor of philosophy degree from Syracuse University’s School of Education, where he studied Cultural Foundations of Education with a focus on Critical Race Theory and Higher Education.   His research interests include Black masculinities, Faith expressions in non-parochial contexts, CRT and discourse theory.  Paul is a mentor to hundreds of students and young professionals across the country.

Programmatic Initiatives:  Men's Leadership Initiative, Excel at CC: Good to Great- Journey to Inclusion


Pearl Leonard-Rock

Pearl Portrait

Associate Director

Worner Campus Center Office 233

(719) 389-6844 |

Ms. Pearl Leonard-Rock has served in the Associate Director position in the Butler Center since July 2015. A position poised to support the inaugural director and Assistant Vice President, Dr. Paul Buckley's vision to establish the Center as THE hub of diversity, inclusion, intercultural exchange, equity and empowerment for the Colorado College community.

Ms. Leonard-Rock has spent over 20 years as an Assistant Dean of Students and Director of multicultural centers located in various places in the Midwest. At Gustavus Adolphus College (Saint Peter, MN) and at Edgewood College (Madison, WI) her responsibilities included creating an inclusive college campus by providing teaching and learning experiences for faculty, staff, and students; while also developing programs that served as a campus-wide catalyst to celebrate all aspects of diversity and promote the principles of social justice. At Edgewood College, Ms. Leonard-Rock developed and implemented the Community Scholars Program.  The Community Scholars program was established in 2007 to underscore Edgewood’s commitment to both diversity and inclusion in Dane County. At Beloit College, Ms. Leonard-Rock worked as an Assistant Director for both the Department of Public Instruction's pre-college “Help Yourself” program and the federally-funded TRIO program, Student Support Services.

Ms. Leonard-Rock has served as an on-site Conference Innovation Team member to the White Privilege Conference (understanding, respecting, connecting) and as a personal assistant to the WPC Founder and Program Director, Dr. Eddie Moore, Jr.  Additionally, Ms. Leonard-Rock served as the Racial Justice Board Chairperson for the YWCA, Madison (eliminating racism and empowering women). Other volunteer positions have included board memberships with The Privilege Institute (Denver, CO) and the United Way of Dane County (Madison, WI). Her professional affiliations have included the Academic Management Institute, NASPA and ACPA (for Student Affairs Administrators in Higher Education), the Madison Network of Black Professionals, and the John D. O'Bryant (national) Think Tank.

Ms. Leonard-Rock holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Sociology and Psychology from Aurora College (Illinois) and a Master of Arts degree in Sociology (with an emphasis in Criminal Justice) from Northern Illinois University. She is a lifetime member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc.

Programmatic Initiative: Friends of CC, Mind, Body & Soul, International Student Initiatives, The Butler Center’s Signature program, the First Generation Collegiate Program

Advisor: The Daniel Scholars, the Black Student Union, Globe Med and the Quest Scholars Network


Noble Gough

Noble Portrait

Gender and Identity Development Specialist

Worner Campus Center Office 205A

(719) 389-6198 |

A Southern native, Noble earned both their B.A. in Writing and their M.S. in College Student Personnel and Administration at the University of Central Arkansas. While an employee as well as a student at UCA, Noble had the chance to work in a wide variety of functional areas, including the Office of Diversity of Community, the Office of Student Success, and the Office of Leadership Studies. It was also during this time that they were involved in the foundation of UCA’s first LGBTQIA+ Mentorship Program, were a facilitator of the transgender/gender nonconforming support group, Gender Expansive, and served as the staff advisor to the on-campus LGBTQIA+ student organization, PRISM.

Noble has also served on the Arkansas Transgender Equality Coalition (ArTEC)’s Board of Directors and Research Working Group, where they assisted with grant funded research focused on the disparities experienced by transgender Arkansans, contributed to the development and facilitation of transgender competency seminars and trainings for state employees, and aided with the formation and conduction of various name and gender change clinics throughout the state. Additionally, they actively participated in, contributed to, and collaborated with other central Arkansas non-profits and organizations providing support and resources to underserved and marginalized populations.

Noble is passionate about recognizing and acknowledging all parts of students’ intersecting identities and providing a brave space where they can feel seen, heard, supported, and encouraged on their journey of growth and development at Colorado College. They are both honored and excited to join The Butler Center, as well as the Colorado College community as a whole, and to meaningfully contribute to the essential and ever-evolving services that they provide to students.

Programmatic Initiative: Men's Leadership Initiative 

Advisor: Conversations on Whiteness, Empowered Queers United for Absolute Liberation, and Queer Community Coalition

Nikkita McPherson

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Diversity & Inclusion Program Coordinator

Worner Campus Center Office 233A

(719) 389-6348 |

Nikkita utilizes her creativity to support the curation and implementation of annual events, programming and initiatives in her role as the Diversity and Inclusion Programs Coordinator in The Butler Center. In collaboration with her colleagues, Nikkita supports International and Undocumented Initiatives, advises student organizations, supervises The Butler Center Internship Program, facilitates #BeyondCC programs, and serves as the program coordinator of the Enclave Living Learning Community in collaboration with the residential life coordinator.

Prior to joining the staff of The Butler Center, Nikkita worked as an Outreach Director organizing educators in over 50 schools in the South Bronx (NY) to engage in educational policy within their school communities, the city and the state.  Through her organizing work, Nikkita supported the development and implementation of programming that responded to the needs and interests of educators, such as spoken word events centering cultural responsive teaching and the Women of Color Book Club for educators throughout New York City. In addition to her organizing work, Nikkita collaborated with the National Director of Diversity and Inclusiveness and the National Training Team to develop and facilitate Diversity and Inclusiveness Leadership development sessions.

Nikkita earned her BA in geography from Dartmouth College and as a first-generation graduate, Nikkita decided to earn her MA in Teaching and Curriculum Design from Relay Graduate School of Education. During her time as a ninth grade Global History and Geography teacher, Nikkita developed curriculum that centered cultural responsive and relevant pedagogy and project based learning.

Nikkita shares her passion for all artistic mediums through the development and implementation of programming, initiatives as well as teaching and learning experiences to continue to support the ongoing work of diversity, inclusion and equity at Colorado College.

Programmatic Initiative: The Butler Center Internship Program and The S.A.I.L. (Sophomore Advanced Initiative for Leadership) Mentoring Program

Advisor: Minority Association for Pre-Health Students and SOMOS

Amairani Alamillo

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Administrative Assistant 

Worner Campus Center Office 234

(719) 389-6338 |

Programmatic Initiative: Heads of State Leadership Development Program

"The Butler Center provides an inclusive environment where students can meet and discuss social issues that often feel overlooked by the CC community. Through cultural events, students of all backgrounds can interact freely in a safe environment that promotes a sense of learning and appreciation. The Butler Center is paramount towards advancing Colorado College's mission on inclusion and diversity, and without the support of some its leaders, I would feel less apt towards participating in my community."

- Sidharth Tripathi '17