Community for Inclusion, Equity, Leadership & Opportunity

The Community for Inclusion, Equity, Leadership, and Opportunity, CIELO, comprises all campus members who choose to take up this work. We collaborate on bringing inclusivity projects to reality. If you want to join in, look for working group meetings throughout the year.

Vision: CIELO leads and supports actions that transform ASU into a model for inclusive excellence by promoting inclusivity, equity, cultural responsiveness, diversity, and community engagement.

Mission: Through reflection, self-assessment, and collective leadership, CIELO advocates to eradicate structural barriers to equity and inclusion throughout our campus community.


  • Provide opportunities to develop ourselves as equity-minded practitioners who are willing to engage in the necessary, and sometimes difficult, conversations and decision making that can lead to transformational change for student learning and achievement.
  • Support campus activities that promote inclusive excellence and cultural responsiveness
  • Promote and celebrate the history and culture of the SLV and the upper Rio Grande region and build positive, intentional relationships in the region.

CIELO’s Values

  • Our students—resilient, diverse, and successful
  • Our role as a Hispanic-Serving Institution (HSI)
  • Allies and Advocacy—sustaining a collective leadership structure, respecting the leadership of all who take up this work
  • Deepening our personal awareness and responsibility around bias, equity, and institutional change
  • Evidence-based decision making that is balanced with multiple ways of achieving Inclusive Excellence
  • Creating safe spaces for courageous and difficult conversations
  • SLV cultural heritages and the richness of our place

CIELO Initiatives: Invitations to Collaborate

CIELO is open to all members of campus. It’s held as an open group for people to come in and out as they are able. CIELO gives our entire community an opportunity for fellowship and to have conversations centered on diversity, equity, and inclusivity.

What Can You Do?

  • Contact Dr. Heidi Schneider,, to be added to the CIELO Google Group
  • Come to our Working Group Meetings and our Kindred Spirits Luncheons, view the Diversity Calendar
  • Participate in the ASU Equity Retreat

President’s Advisory Group on Equity (PAGE)

PAGE is a steering committee for CIELO.

PAGE Current Members

  • Dr. Courtney Allen, Associate Professor of Counselor Education
  • Andréa Benton-Maestas, Title V PPOHA Grant Activity Director
  • Robert Duckworth, Doctoral Candidate in Counselor Education and Graduate Student PAGE Representative
  • Dr. Sara Erdner, Assistant Professor of Kinesiology
  • Jeff Gallegos, Administrative Assistant, One Stop Services
  • Dr. Sandra Gavin, Assistant Professor of Counselor Education, Student Equity & Support Coordinator
  • Kaylee A. Gomez, Interim Director of College Assistance Migrant Program
  • Allie Kuhns, Sociology Major and Undergraduate Student PAGE Representative
  • Oneyda Maestas, CASA Coordinator and Student Advocate
  • Dr. Nick Saenz, Professor of History and Faculty Senate President
  • Dr. Colleen Schaffner, Director of the School of Humanities and Social Sciences, Program Chair, Psychology
  • Dr. Heidi Schneider, Assistant Professor of Sociology, Inclusive Excellence Liaison, and Chair of PAGE
  • Anna Torello, Title V Grant Activity Director
  • Dr. Billy J. Ulibarri, Assistant Professor of Sociology
  • Dr. Matthew Valverde, Associate Professor of Music and Title V Grant Project Director