Myron R. Anderson, Ph.D.
Vice President for Inclusive Excellence
Myron Anderson Vice President for Inclusive Excellence
Myron Anderson is the founding Vice President for Inclusive Excellence at The University of Texas at San Antonio (UTSA) as of January 2, 2019. Anderson comes to UTSA from Metropolitan State University of Denver (MSU Denver), where he served as the Associate to the President for Diversity and Professor in the School of Education. As a member of the president’s cabinet, Anderson was the University’s chief diversity officer, responsible for developing an inclusive campus and articulating and resolving current and future issues related to campus climate, diversity, and inclusion. Anderson raised and managed millions of dollars to align the University’s mission with regional and national constituent goals and objectives.
Anderson has worked in higher education for more than 25 years, in both administrative and academic positions. Prior to his current role, he served as Associate Chair of the Teacher Education Department at MSU Denver, Program Leader in Continuing Education, and Director of Student Services at Virginia Tech and Winston-Salem State University. His areas of expertise are instructional delivery in virtual environments, organizational climate, and strategic planning.
Anderson has performed research in instructional technology, distance education, campus climate, diversity, and microaggressions in higher education. His research has led to creating a new term, “hierarchal microaggressions,” identifying new territory where these actions take place. He has developed interactive professional development programs to enhance student and professional leaders’ programming, leadership, and life skills.
Anderson led the University’s implementation of the Inclusive Excellence framework, focused on campus climate, recruitment and retention, diversity development, diversity initiatives, civic engagement, and the quest to become a Hispanic Serving Institution. He developed the University’s diversity strategic plan and has led three successful university-wide campus climate surveys, each yielding a 63% (or greater) full-time workforce response rate. Survey results have led to 25 new policies and processes designed to promote a more inclusive environment.
Anderson earned a Ph.D. in Instructional Technology, a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from Virginia Tech, and a Master of Science in Curriculum and Instruction from Radford University.
Chief of Staff & Assistant Director for Strategic Initiatives
As Chief of Staff and Assistant Director for Strategic Initiatives, Cynthia Arreola manages the division budget, daily operations while leading projects and serving as the Secretary to the Inclusive Excellence Advisory Board. Previously, Cynthia worked for the Office of International Initiatives before joining the Office of Inclusive Excellence, where she organized foreign delegations visiting UTSA, managed the department budget, and assisted in the establishment of ConTex, a collaboration between UT System and Mexico’s National Science Foundation.
Prior to UTSA, she worked as part of the startup team to build the National Association for Latino Community Asset Builders (NALCAB) to increase access and equity for minority, predominately Latino, and immigrant communities. During her eight-year tenure at NALCAB, she grew within the organization from Intern to Chief of Staff. During her time there, she focused on: strengthening operations, producing reporting tools, grantmaking, and managing a $4 million portfolio of federal grant awards from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. At NALCAB, Mrs. Arreola assisted in growing an organization and creating a diverse network of more than 100 non-profit community development organizations.
Born in Mexico, Cynthia is bilingual and bicultural. She is passionate about promoting equity and cultural awareness. Cynthia obtained her Bachelor’s degree in Management with a concentration in International Business at UTSA. She also completed a bilingual business certification from her studies in Mexico and Argentina. Recently, Cynthia completed the 2019 National Inclusive Excellence Leadership Academy cohort, which is a national leader in developing and implementing strategies to advance inclusive excellence throughout the United States. She is a researcher and practitioner of high-performance teams; a model focused on creating team cohesion while driving results towards a common goal.
Traci Guinn Buckley, Ed.D.
Assistant Vice President for Inclusive Excellence
Dr. Traci L. Guinn Buckley, an experienced higher education administrator, joined The University of Texas at San Antonio as assistant vice president for Inclusive Excellence on February 1. In this newly created position, Guinn Buckley will assist Dr. Anderson and the Office of Inclusive Excellence in the development, coordination, and implementation of initiatives that contribute toward establishing an effective and collaborative policy and practice of diversity, equity, and inclusion.
Prior to her arrival at UTSA, Guinn Buckley worked at Central Michigan University, where she served in various positions, roles, and responsibilities for the past 21 years. Guinn Buckley most recently served as the Executive Director for the Center for Inclusion & Diversity and Multicultural Academic Student Services at CMU. In addition, Guinn Buckley served as the Interim Associate Vice President for Institutional Diversity on many occasions, as well as the associate director of admissions for minority enrollment, where she also served in a similar capacity at the University of Memphis. Under Guinn Buckley’s leadership at CMU, the University was twice awarded the Higher Education Excellence in Diversity Award (HEED) –a national accolade recognizing higher education institutions that demonstrate outstanding efforts on campus and make diversity and inclusion a top priority.
Guinn Buckley attributes her interest in diversity, equity, and inclusion to her parents. The child of a retired Air Force officer and career mother, Dr. Guinn Buckley, lived in many places during her life, which introduced her to the importance of communicating and working together across cultural differences. She holds a Doctorate in Higher Education Administration from Central Michigan University, a Master of Arts in Educational Administration and Community Leadership from CMU, and a Bachelor of Business Administration in Marketing from the University of Memphis. Guinn Buckley received a certificate from the Institute for Management and Leadership in Higher Education from Harvard University. As well, Buckley participated in and graduated from the HERS Leadership Institute: Higher Education Leadership Development program.
Dr. Guinn Buckley is often heard saying, "you can always learn something from someone....." The same holds true for sharing. Guinn Buckley has presented at numerous conferences, workshops, and trainings on topics of recruitment, retention, mentoring, leadership, supplemental instruction, team building, SMART Goals, stereotypes, discrimination, sisterhood, and more.
Guinn Buckley brings a great deal of experience in diversity, equity, and inclusion and enjoys working with faculty, staff, and students from recruitment to graduation, employment, and understanding. She enjoys volunteering and working in the community through her membership and participation in national and community-based organizations. Guinn Buckley is a life member of Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Incorporated and has been involved in a number of additional national and community-based organizations such as the NAACP, Big Brothers Big Sisters, and March of Dimes.
Robert Rico, MPA
Director, Restorative Justice
Robert Rico served as a Lecturer for 14 years at the University of Texas at San Antonio (UTSA) in the College of Public Policy, Department of Criminology and Criminal Justice. He is the inaugural Director of Restorative Justice with the Office of Inclusive Excellence. Rico earned a Bachelor of Arts in Criminal Justice and a Master of Public Administration degree from UTSA. He is a doctoral student at the University of Texas at Austin in the Executive Ed.D. in Higher Education Leadership program.
Rico served as a Police Officer for 20 years and is a graduate of the Bill Blackwood Law Enforcement Management Institute of Texas, Leadership Command College, at Sam Houston State University.
Rico served as a member of The Advisory Council for the National Association of Community and Restorative Justice. He is the founder and served as program coordinator of the Restorative Justice Program of Kendall County. In the fall of 2012, he spearheaded and was a field consultant for a restorative justice pilot program at Edward White Middle School in San Antonio, Texas. This program planted the seed in bringing restorative justice practices to Texas public schools. Robert Rico is a co-author of the book, Restorative Discipline Practices: A Journey In Implementation By A Community of Texas Educators (Park Place Publications, 2016).