The Team

Myron Anderson

Myron R. Anderson, Ph.D.

Vice President for Inclusive Excellence

Email: myron.anderson@utsa.edu
Phone: 210-458-4451

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.

 


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Cynthia Arreola

Chief of Staff & Assistant Director for Strategic Initiatives

Email: cynthia.arreola@utsa.edu
Phone: 210-458-4497

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.


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Traci Guinn, Ed.D.

Assistant Vice President for Inclusive Excellence

Email: traci.guinn@utsa.edu
Phone: 210-458-8248

Dr. Traci L. Guinn, 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 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 worked at Central Michigan University, where she served in various positions, roles, and responsibilities for the past 21 years. Guinn most recently served as the Executive Director for the Center for Inclusion & Diversity and Multicultural Academic Student Services at CMU. In addition, Guinn 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’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 attributes her interest in diversity, equity, and inclusion to her parents. The child of a retired Air Force officer and career mother, Dr. Guinn, 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 received a certificate from the Institute for Management and Leadership in Higher Education from Harvard University. As well, Guinn participated in and graduated from the HERS Leadership Institute: Higher Education Leadership Development program.

Dr. Guinn is often heard saying, "you can always learn something from someone....." The same holds true for sharing. Guinn 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 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.

 


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Robert Rico, Ed.D.

Director, Restorative Justice

Email: robert.rico@utsa.edu

Robert Rico is the inaugural Director of Restorative Justice with the Office of Inclusive Excellence. He is a native San Antonian and a first-generation college graduate. He served as a Lecturer for 15 years at the University of Texas at San Antonio (UTSA) in the College of Public Policy, Department of Criminology and Criminal Justice. Rico earned a Bachelor of Arts in Criminal Justice, a Master of Public Administration degree from UTSA, and a doctorate from the University of Texas at Austin in the Executive Ed.D. in Higher Education Leadership program.

Before his current role at UTSA, Rico served as a Police Officer for 20 years. He graduated from the Bill Blackwood Law Enforcement Management Institute of Texas, Leadership Command College, at Sam Houston State University. As a peace officer, he was committed to using informal and non-punitive methods bringing victims, responsible parties, and community members together to resolve the harms collaboratively through mutually respectful dialogue. As a result, Rico founded and served as coordinator for a restorative justice program focusing on youth crime.

As a scholar-practitioner, Rico seeks to advance research-based policy that addresses conflicts and student conduct models in higher education institutions using restorative justice philosophy. 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 for restorative justice practices in Texas public schools. Rico is a co-author of Restorative Discipline Practices: A Journey In Implementation By A Community of Texas Educators (Park Place Publications, 2016).


 

 


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Vincent Perez

Assistant Director for Program Development

Email: vincent.perez@utsa.edu

Vincent is serving as the Assistant Director of Program Development for the UTSA Office of Inclusive Excellence. Vincent will be working with many initiatives including coordination of UTSA’s monthly cultural celebrations (such as Hispanic Heritage Month and Black History Month). He will also help manage the Inclusive Excellence website and other communication tools.

   Vincent comes from UTSA Student Affairs where he has spent the last 8 years working with Leadership and Volunteer Services (LVS) and the Multicultural Student Center for Equity and Justice (MSCEJ). In Leadership and Volunteer Services he coordinated various programs including the UTSA Civil Rights and Social Justice Experience and the nationally recognized week long Leadershape Institute. In the Multicultural Student Center for Equity and Justice he coordinated programs that reflect the cultural backgrounds and needs of historically marginalized student populations on campus. Vincent also helped coordinate and expand UTSA’s cultural/heritage month celebrations as well as UTSA’s participation in local marches (MLK, Cesar Chavez, Pride Parade).

   Vincent graduated from Angelo State University with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Communication. He graduated from UTSA with his Master of Arts in Higher Education Administration. He is also an avid Spurs fan and loves to play sports including basketball, football, and dodgeball.

 

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Edwin Barea-Rodriguez, Ph. D.

Executive Director of Student Initiatives

Email: edwin.barea@utsa.edu

Education:
Ph.D. in Biopsychology; Southern Illinois University Carbondale
M.A. in Biopsychology; Southern Illinois University Carbondale
B.A. in Psychology; Inter-American University of Puerto Rico
Research Interests

Dr. Barea-Rodriguez's research interest focuses on investigating and applying the best teaching practices in STEM education. Pedagogy is defined as the method and practice of teaching. Unfortunately, many graduate programs in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) disciplines do not incorporate pedagogy in their training programs.

Scientific Teaching is a pedagogical method used in undergraduate science courses. The main idea of Scientific Teaching is to help scientists bring to teaching the critical thinking, rigor, creativity, and spirit of experimentation that defines research (Handelsman et. al, 2007). Scientific Teaching involves three major components, Active Learning, Assessment, and Inclusiveness.
Training Opportunities

Dr. Barea-Rodriguez welcomes students who are interested in investigating the impact of best teaching practices on student retention in STEM disciplines.

 

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 Feiyi Ring

Administrative Services Officer II

Email: feiyi.ring@utsa.edu
Phone: 210-458-4451