Myron 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 in an effort 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 position, 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, respectively. His areas of expertise are instructional delivery in virtual environments, organizational climate and strategic planning.
Anderson has performed research in the areas of instructional technology, distance education, campus climate, diversity, and microaggressions in higher education. His research has led to the creation of 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 the creation of 25 new policies and processes designed to promote a more inclusive environment.
Anderson earned a Ph.D. in Instructional Technology, and a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from Virginia Tech, and a Master of Science in Curriculum and Instruction from Radford University.
As Executive Assistant, Cynthia Arreola manages the department 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, grant making 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. Cynthia has been accepted into the 2019 cohort of the National Inclusive Excellence Leadership Academy which is a national leader in developing and implementing strategies to advance inclusive excellence throughout the United states. She is a researcher and practioner of high performance teams, a model focused on creating team cohesion while driving results towards a common goal.
Dorothée-Cathérine Wengelnik, MBA, M.Ed.
Dorothée-Cathérine Wengelnik has obtained two Masters Degrees in International Higher Education Management and Latin American Business Administration. She has also received several awards for her contributions to diversity and inclusion to higher education and obtained Certificates in Intercultural Competence, Transcultural Communication and International Mediation. She has lived overseas in Germany and France and speaks six languages. In her research and teaching background she focused on intercultural communication, intercultural teams, inclusiveness, virtual cross-functional international teams and inclusive leadership and has completed extensive interdisciplinary research on cultural intelligence in cross-cultural engagements, transnational communication styles and international negotiations. DC has been working in higher education since 2004 and has served as the Honorary Ombudsman since 2009.
In her free time she is passionate about volunteering for various causes that promote diversity and inclusion and has been part of the Mentoring Leadership Team helping Refugees and traditionally underrepresented student groups gain access to and obtain resources throughout their academic career since 1998.
Restorative Justice Coordinator
Robert Rico is a Lecturer at the University of Texas at San Antonio (UTSA) in the College of Public Policy, Department of Criminology and Criminal Justice. He also is the Restorative Justice Coordinator with the Office of Inclusive Excellence. Rico earned a Bachelor of Arts in Criminal Justice and a Master of Public Administration degrees 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).