“Well, I understand the notion that change takes time, and one has to keep at it and persevere, and keep the issues, and the numbers, and the desire for more in front of everybody. You can't get tired of raising the issues.”
— Victor Nelson-Cisneros
Highlights 1981 Fall Faculty Conference (03:27) Keeping the Issues in Front of You (00:28) Legacy and Continuing the Work (01:22)Full Interview Life Before Coming to CC (starts at 00:00) Early Years at Colorado College (starts at 09:30) Struggles and Challenges at CC (starts at 39:05) Most Vivid Memories of CC (starts at 50:27)Read The Transcript
Victor Nelson-Cisneros joined Colorado College in 1981 to serve as the assistant dean of the college.
Known for his candid, compassionate, and direct style, Nelson-Cisneros arrived at CC on the back of graduate study in history at both the University of Texas and the University of California, as well as time spent on the board of the National Rural Center, working on a government-funded grant to explore job growth and equal employment in the non-metro area of the Sun Belt.
During his 31 years of service, he was instrumental in developing inclusion and visibility across the college and establishing the Riley Scholars Program; he also played an integral role in founding the ACM Minority Concerns Committee as well as the ACM Minority Scholars Program itself, which brought over 65 minority faculty scholars to campus.
His role at the college primarily focused on faculty development and student experience, with particular emphasis on inclusion, representation, and opportunity expansion. CC’s renowned and celebrated Venture Grants grew under his leadership, and he initiated mentoring options for non-tenured faculty, as well as serving as an interim dean of the college for the 2004-05 academic year. In 2006, he was named associate dean of the college.
Colorado College's President’s Leadership Awards recognize and celebrate the contributions of the college’s talented and dedicated faculty and staff. The Victor Nelson-Cisneros Diversity and Inclusion Award recognizes awardees who exemplify Nelson-Cisneros's qualities in supporting diversity and inclusion on campus.