Vice Chancellor of Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Community Engagement
Dr. Richards (Regina) has over twenty years of experience in academia as a Business Professional, Educator, Social Worker and Diversity Equity and Inclusion thought leader in the tri-plex systems of CU School of Medicine (SOM), Children’s Hospital and UPI (now CU Medicine). Previous to her new appointment, she was the inaugural director of the Office of Diversity and Inclusion at CU SOM. The DEI work there, included creating and developing programming, policies, education and trainings, and processes that span from the student pipeline to community engagement endeavors.
Her partnership across the CU SOM over the past twelve years has assisted in consistently diversifying and retaining highly qualified students, faculty, staff and trainees, who are also from very diverse backgrounds. When asked: what drove you to the medical profession and your specific specialty? Her response is: “The hope that access to quality healthcare and high-quality education someday becomes a 'basic human right for ALL.' CU Anschutz Medical Campus is transformative, and it is through developing relationships and partnerships that has allowed me both privilege and opportunities to align my profession with the overall mission of our campus.” #BREAKTHROUGH!
While in her role as Director of the CU SOM Office of Diversity and Inclusion, Dr. Steven Lowenstein and Regina Richards co-authored The 2015 CU SOM Diversity Plan which outlined 104 recommendations that focused on creating programs, policies, practices and process in the mission focused areas of education, clinical, research and community engagement. A recent audit of the completion of those recommendations resulted in 94 of 104 recommendations being completed with measurable data to support those findings. This demonstrates the impact of partnership, supportive leadership and collaboration. “Human capital is one of our greatest assets."
Regina received her Doctoral degree in Social Work and Higher Education from Colorado State University, a Master’s degree in social work with a concentration in community and leadership development from the University of Denver Graduate School of Social Work, and her Bachelor’s degree in business administration from University of Phoenix.
Regina loves spending time with family and friends, good food and retail therapy. She has adult 2 children: Michael II and Dominique (with her now deceased spouse of 33 years, Michael). She is proud to say “I look forward to continuing my happy fulfilled life, and the future with her fiancé Derrick Jeffries."