The 13th Annual Deans’ Forum is an outstanding, half-day experience for faculty and staff who are currently serving in the role as a dean or aspire to serve in this role at some point in their career. The Deans’ Forum focuses on bringing diverse perspectives from renowned speakers who have hands on experience in implementing innovative and creative practices in educating Hispanic and other underrepresented minorities. Participants will engage in dialogue with a panel of experts and network and learn from each other.  

The program theme for this year is: "Leveraging Transformational Programs to Support Excellence and Equitable Outcomes"

Below please find the agenda for the 13th Annual Deans' Forum, a post-conference event of the 38th Annual Conference.  

October 31, 2024

(Subject to Change)

6:00 – 7:00 a.m.

Onsite Registration / Continental Breakfast

7:00 – 7:05 a.m.

Event Kickoff / Introductions

Paul Machen, Ph.D., Executive Director, Institute for Professional Leadership, HACU

7:05 – 7:15 a.m.

Welcome Remarks

Lisa Alcorta, Ph.D., Senior Vice President for Programs and Operations, HACU

7:15– 8:00 a.m.

Keynote Presentation: The Adams Experience: Implementing ‘Servingness’ at a Small, Rural HSI

Margaret Doell, M.F.A. 
Vice President of Academic Affairs
Adams State University (Colorado)

8:00 – 8:10 a.m.


8:10 – 9:00 a.m.

Presentation #2: Using Art, Science, And Authenticity for the Bold Leadership Demanded in our Age as Higher Education Leaders

Kathryn Regjo, Ed.D.
Vice President of Academic Affairs
Colorado Mountain College (Colorado)

9:00 – 9:10 a.m.


9:10 – 9:40 a.m.

Sponsor Presentation

9:40 – 10:00 a.m.

Dean's Forum Reflection Activity

Dr. Paul Machen, Executive Director, Institute for Professional Leadership, HACU

10:00 – 10:10 a.m.


10:10 – 10:55 a.m.

Senior Administrator Panel (Former Deans)

Phillip De Leon, Ph.D. 
Associate Vice Chancellor for Research and Chief Research Officer
University of Colorado Denver (Colorado)

Roxanne Gonzales, Ed.D.

Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs
Office of Academic Affairs
New Mexico Highlands University (New Mexico)

Thomas Poon, Ph.D. 
Executive Vice President and Provost
Professor of Chemistry
Loyola Marymount University (California)

Genevieve Siwabessy, Ed.D. 

Associate Superintendent/Vice President, Student Services
Allan Hancock College (California)

10:55  – 11:00 a.m

Wrap -Up and Evaluations

To register for this post conference event, click here.

For questions or additional information, please contact:

Paul A. Machen II Ph.D.
Executive Director, Institute for Professional Leadership
Phone: (210) 576-3229


Keynote Presentation

Gina Ann Garcia, Ph.D.
Associate Professor 
University of Pittsburgh