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The Butler Center Staff engages CC's diverse student body through intercultural exchange and multicultural student development models. Our expertise invites expansive sharing across perceived differences, rather than narrow restrictions to perceived sameness.

Rosalie Rodriguez

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Senior Associate Dean of Students for Diversity, Equity & Inclusion
and Director of the Butler Center

Worner Campus Center Office 234A
(719) 389-6338 | rrodriguez@coloradocollege.edu

Rosalie comes to CC from Bucknell University, where she was most recently the director of multicultural student services. In that role she worked closely with students of color, advising, mentoring, and connecting students to resources. In addition she developed and facilitated campus-wide programs to increase cultural awareness, understanding, and competence, and promoted the understanding of diverse cultures and perspectives including privilege and power relationships. She has previously served as Director of Multicultural Services at Bucknell University and Special Assistant to the President for Diversity & Inclusion at Juniata College, a chief diversity officer position, where her worked earned the College a H.E.E.D. award in 2015. 

Rosalie holds a B.S. in Biology and Communication from Juniata College and a M.A. in Community Psychology and Social Change from Penn State Harrisburg. Rosalie is the past President of the Pennsylvania Chapter of the National Association of Multicultural Education (PA-NAME) and co-founder of the Pennsylvania Association of Liaisons and Officers of Multicultural Affairs.

Rosalie has extensive experience in the field of equity, advocacy and student affairs, both regionally and nationally.  Her research and workshops are focused on the impacts of disparate policies on disenfranchised communities and most recently on addressing food insecurity on college campuses. This work earned her a Presidential Award at Bucknell University in 2017 and Outstanding Staff Contribution Award in 2020;  Most recently,  Rosalie has focused on the need for a “radical” form of self-care for activists and educators of color and in LGBTQIA+ communities, for whom mainstream self-care narratives are  oftenlimiting. 

 

Noble Gough

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Gender and Identity Development Specialist
Worner Campus Center Office 205A
(719) 389-6198 | ngough@coloradocollege.edu

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 Initiatives: The Masculinity Project, LGBTQIA+ Initiatives, and the First Generation Collegiate Program

 

Mateen Zafer

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Coordinator of Mentorship and Diversity Initiatives
Worner Campus Center Office 232
(719) 389-6849 | mzafer@coloradocollege.edu

Mateen Zafer joined the Butler Center staff in August 2019. In his role, he coordinates the Butler Center Internship program, provides support and programming for residents of the Enclave and Glasshouse LLCs, QuestBridge Scholars, Denver Scholarship Foundation (DSF) Scholars, Minority Association of Pre-Health Scholars (MAPS), and serves as a holistic mentor to CC students and student organizations. Mateen also serves as a mentor through Peak Education, supporting low-income first-generation students in Colorado Springs.

Mateen previously served as Assistant Director of Undergraduate Admissions at New York University in New York City. In this role, he worked with students, counselors, and organizations around the world and worked closely with the Center for Multicultural Education and Programs, the Islamic Center, and NYU's Prison Education Program.
Mateen is passionate about improving access to higher education and supporting students in their exploration and understanding of intersectional identities. He has facilitated intergroup dialogue classes, provided individual and group counseling to young adults, and partnered with organizations including AmeriCorps' City Year, Big Brothers Big Sisters, the National Hispanic Institute, and the Jack Kent Cooke Foundation.
Mateen was born in Bombay, India and immigrated to Chicago, where he developed a deep love for Chicago sports and pizza. Mateen holds a BA in Communications from Western Illinois University, an MSW from New York University, and is a Licensed Social Worker in the state of Colorado.

Programmatic Initiative: The Enclave Living Learning Community

Advisor: The Quest Scholars Network

 

 

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