While our programming is student-driven, no events or programs could take place without dedicated leaders.
We operate on a lean staff and the help of volunteers to maximize our impact and keep costs low.
As Executive Director, Caleb Munro leads Youth Celebrate Diversity and is responsible for executing organizational strategy, marketing, fundraising and program management.
In 2014 Caleb led the establishment of Youth Celebrate Diversity in order to continue the important work of the Cherry Creek Diversity Conference, which hosts over 1,000 high school students and teachers from around the state of Colorado annually, as well as to seek opportunities to expand on its model. Caleb has shepherded YCD through its formation by drafting its Bylaws; recruiting its Board of Directors; and overseeing the organization’s approval for 501(c)(3) tax-exempt status with the IRS.
Caleb continues to build YCD’s partnerships with school districts, colleges and universities, and other non-profit organizations to provide more opportunities for young people across the United States to attend diversity workshops and events, and to make a commitment to improve their local school or community.
Caleb has a BSFS from Georgetown University in International Law and an MA in the Teaching of Social Studies from Teachers College, Columbia University.
New Mexico State Organizer
Nikki Archuleta is an activist, humanitarian, educator scholar, poet, podcaster, community organizer and revolutionary! She is a firm believer in fighting to obliterate oppression across the board and fighting for the equality and equity of the historically disenfranchised. As a woman of African, Mexican, and Indigenous decent she has fallen in love with her people and though their stories are the most tragic it’s the beauty and resilience of those who came before her that have guided her footsteps towards liberation. Whether she is organizing a protest or march, or just in her community trying to build hope and change on a foundation that has denied her and so many others their humanity, she is a powerhouse and has no plans of slowing down. She has worked with countless organizations such as Black Lives Matter, SWOP, The Red Nation, Power through Peace as well as creating The Albuquerque Arts Collective to create a platform for local artist to share their craft all while raising money for important causes.
Colorado State Organizer
Kelly Devitt is entering her 5th year as AVID Coordinator and Elective Teacher at Cherry Creek High School. Kelly recently graduated with her Master’s degree in Educational Leadership and Policy Studies from the University of Denver, with a focus in inclusivity and diversity within Advanced Placement courses. Furthermore, Kelly values empowering student voice and identity within the school environment, and is excited to help facilitate the student leaders for this year’s Diversity Conference. Kelly also enjoys coaching lacrosse, yoga, and the great outdoors in Colorado!
Colorado State Organizer
Kinette Richards, PhD, NCC is a Licensed School Psychologist, and Nationally Certified Counselor working in the Cherry Creek School District in Aurora, Colorado. She received her Master’s degree in Counseling Psychology from the University of Colorado Denver, and received her Doctorate in School Psychology from the University of Denver. She has over 25 years of mental health experience, working in a variety of settings, and she has worked with pre-school aged children through adults in her tenure in mental health.
As a School Psychologist, she has worked with adolescents and children in elementary, middle, and high school, as well as alternative settings for high school students. She has a passion for equity work, and is an advocate for students and families of color in school settings. She leads the district’s Mental Health Equity Team, which is a group of Mental Health professionals focusing on social justice issues. During the past fifteen years she has taken a lead role in the discussion and training of staff members at the school and district level, on the issue of race and the achievement gap, and the over-representation of students of color in disciplinary actions. Her current focus in equity work is on the impact of implicit bias and the role it plays in service delivery.
She was a member of the Georgetown Day School Equity Collaborative Faculty, in Washington D.C., which for six years trained Public and Independent school personnel to address issues of equity and privilege in their settings. She was a 2016-2017 Ambassador Fellow for the Colorado Education Association, addressing the School to Prison Pipeline, and was a mentor supervising several Ambassador Fellows for the 2017-2018 school year. She has recently been appointed to the Advisory Board of Teaching Tolerance, a national organization that develops trainings and curriculum for school personnel and other professionals interested in doing and leading equity work in school districts. Additionally, she was recently appointed to an APA (American Psychological Association) task force, addressing issues of parenting and racial stress, and she is an Adjunct Professor for School Psychology at the University of Denver.
Western Slope Organizer
Ben Roberts has lived coast to coast, from San Francisco to Boston, landing in the Roaring Fork Valley at Glenwood Springs High School. He graduated from the University of Colorado Boulder twice, with a Bachelor of Science in Journalism and Mass Communication and a Master of Arts in Curriculum and Instruction. He and his partner are avid skiers, bikers, and gamers and have two wonderful dogs (neither of which have expressed their preferred personal pronouns). Ben teaches English and Social Studies and sponsors GSHS’s Pride GSA.
Western Slope Organizer
Hannah Shapiro teaches English, journalism, filmmaking, and AP Capstone courses at Eagle Valley High School in Gypsum. She also advises the student media program and Students Promoting Inclusion and Civic Engagement (SPICE). She is proud to work with Youth Celebrate Diversity and her students to promote awareness of and investment in diversity, inclusion, and equity on the Western Slope.