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Faculty & Staff

Trisha Teig, a female-presenting individual, smiles at the camera

Trisha Teig

Trisha Teig is a Teaching Assistant Professor of leadership studies and the Faculty Director of the CWC Leadership Scholars Program. She also teaches in the PLP program at DU. She researches gender, race, and leadership, social justice leadership, and teaching leadership through a critical lens. She teaches from a perspective of critical, feminist pedagogy and believes in building relationships and co-creating knowledge with students in the classroom. 

Trisha earned a PhD in Higher Education from Florida State University in 2018, a Master of Education in Counseling and Guidance – Student Affairs from Texas State University in 2008, and a Bachelor of Arts in Communication Studies and Theatre from McMurry University in 2006. She loves kitties, running, yoga, and chocolate, as well as curling up with a warm cup of tea and a delightful book.

Lauren R. Contreras 

Lauren R. Contreras is the Program Coordinator for CWC Leadership Scholars Program and a PhD Candidate in Higher Education in the Morgridge College of Education at the University of Denver. She has over 10 years of experience working in non-profits and higher education in research, teaching, advising, and program coordination with an emphasis on supporting first-generation college students, and students of color. Lauren is committed to using her professional and academic experiences to center and uplift the voices of historically marginalized students in order to make higher education practices, policies and curriculum more equitable, just, and affirming. Lauren earned a Master’s in Education in Higher Education from the Harvard Graduate School of Education and a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology from Southwestern University. In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with her family, and pets, travelling, watching basketball and drinking a cup of coffee and/or tea.

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Mackenzie L. Hunter

Director, Volunteer Networks
Advancement

Trisha Teig

CWC Faculty Director
Learning Communities and Civic Engagement

Lauren R. Contreras

Program Coordinator
Learning Communities and Civic Engagement