Myron Anderson, PhD
Associate to the President for Diversity and Associate Professor of Education Technology
Metropolitan State University of Denver
As a member of the president’s cabinet, Dr. Anderson is the University’s chief diversity officer responsible for articulating and resolving current and future issues related to diversity. He is responsible for investigating complaints and mediating fair settlements between aggrieved faculty, staff, and students throughout the institution. In addition, Anderson identifies campus climate trends that may assist in developing strategies to proactively promote diversity and “inclusive excellence.”
Since Anderson assumed his position in 2007, MSU Denver has achieved a 50% increase in faculty of color, and the institution has seen its enrollment of students of color increase by more than a third, making up approximately twenty-eight percent of the student body in the fall 2013 semester. Myron has facilitated the development and implementation of the university’s diversity strategic plan, and he manages the $100,000 diversity initiatives grant program that assists in leading efforts to integrate diversity throughout the curriculum. Prior to his current position, Myron was the associate chair of the teacher education department at MSU Denver, and a faculty member and administrator at both Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University (Virginia Tech).
Anderson co-wrote and serves as a co-principle investigator for the 2.2 million dollar Equity Assistance Center (EAC) grant with the United States Department of Education. The grant assists states, school districts, public schools, including charter and magnet schools, and Tribal Education Agencies, to plan and implement practices and policies that promote equity and high quality education for all students.
Myron recently presented a position paper entitled “Process to Policy: How to Execute a Climate Survey That Leads to ‘New’ Organizational Policies” at the 2013 Oxford Roundtable at the University of Oxford, Brasenose College. He is the co-founder and developer of a faculty exchange program between MSU Denver and the University of Puerto Rico. Through this program he completed the delivery of a two-week educational symposium that took place at the University of Puerto Rico and MSU Denver’s campuses.
Anderson is a past president of the Kappa Delta Pi, Xi Zeta Chapter; National Honor Society and Virginia Tech Chapter. He has served MSU Denver as a member of the faculty senate, chair of their instructional resource committee, and is the past co-advisor of the Student National Education Association Scholarship Committee. He currently serves as a board member for Colorado FutureTEK, and serves as vice president for the American Association for Affirmative Action.