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Paul M. Buckley, Ph.D 

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, The Daniels Scholar Program, Excel at CC: Good to Great- Journey to Inclusion


Pearl Leonard-Rock

Associate Director

Worner Campus Center Office 233

(719) 389-6844 |

Ms. Pearl Leonard-Rock serves in the Associate Director position in the Butler Center. A position poised to support the inaugural director, Dr. Paul Buckley's vision to establish the Center as THE hub of diversity, inclusion, intercultural exchange, equity and empowerment for the CC 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 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 Beloit College, Ms. Leonard-Rock worked for the Department of Public Instruction's pre-college program and as the Assistant Director of Student Support Services in the federally-funded TRIO program.

Ms. Leonard-Rock has served as an on-site Conference Innovation Team Member to the White Privilege Conference (WPC) and as the personal assistant to the WPC Founder/Program Director.  She has also served as a board member/recording secretary for The Privilege Institute.  Other volunteer positions have included her membership on the YWCA (Madison) board. Her professional affiliations have included the Madison Network of Black Professionals, the NASPA (Student Affairs Administrators in Higher Education), and the John D. O'Bryant (national) Think Tank.

Ms. Leonard-Rock holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Sociology and in Psychology from Aurora University (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 Initiatives: The First Generation Collegiate Program, The Butler Center Internship Program and the Heads of State Leadership Development Program

Liliana Delman

Coordinator of Mentoring and Diversity Initiatives

Worner Campus Center Office 232

(719) 389-6849 |

As the Coordinator of Mentoring & Diversity Initiatives in The Butler Center, Liliana actively works to build and sustain an inclusive campus community at Colorado College. Liliana coordinates the Sophomore Advanced Initiative for Leadership (S.A.I.L.) Mentoring Program, advises several student organizations and promotes the leadership development of their co-chairs, and assists with leading teaching & learning experiences for students, faculty, & staff.

Born and raised in Northern California, Liliana spent significant time traveling and living in locations such as Australia, Switzerland, England, and New York. After graduating high school, she moved to Massachusetts to attend Smith College where she received her BA in American Studies and Urban Studies.  Post-graduation, Liliana worked for 2 years in San Francisco, holding several different jobs before continuing her education at Miami University in Ohio, where she received her MS in Student Affairs in Higher Education with a concentration in Diversity, Equity, and Culture.

During her time at Miami University, Liliana successfully planned and implemented the 1st Annual Multicultural Student Leadership Conference with the Office of Diversity Affairs, served as the Training Coordinator for the "Let's Talk" Dialogue Series, and supported sophomore student development through her roles as Graduate Resident Director, Study Abroad Trip Coordinator and Second Year Retreat Coordinator. Today, Liliana enjoys using her background in social justice mediation, dialogue facilitation, cultural competency programming, crisis management, and leadership development to work with students on creating positive personal and social change.

Programmatic Initiatives: The Sophomore Advanced Initiative for Leadership (SAIL) Mentoring Program

Nikkita McPherson


Diversity & Inclusion Program Coordinator

Worner Campus Center Office 233A

(719) 389-6348 |

For the 2017-2018 academic year, Nikkia McPherson will serve as the Diversity and Inclusion Programs Coordinator in The Butler Center.  Nikkita supports the educational initiatives, cultural programming and student organizational leadership in The Butler Center.

Prior to joining the staff at The Butler Center, Nikkita worked as an Outreach Director organizing educators in over 50 schools in The South Bronx 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 NYC. 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 session.

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 an undergrad, Nikkita served various roles in the Afro-American Society, including serving as President during her senior year. In addition, she was an active member of the Office of Pluralism and Leadership, worked as a Dean's Office Student Consultant and helped found the teaching and learning of sixth and ninth graders in her hometown of the South Bronx.  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 is inspired to support the ongoing work happening at Colorado College and looks forward to collaborating with the communities at Colorado College to create and implement meaningful and sustainable programming.

Programmatic Initiatives: Mind, Body, and Soul

"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