Tuesday, October 11, 2011
I completed one year of a PhD program in Public Affairs at UNLV before switching to Education at Capella. One of my favorite members of my cohort is Constance Brooks. Starting November1 she will be working for CSN!
I am pleased to be able to announce today that Constance Brooks will start Nov. 1 as the CSN director of government affairs and diversity initiatives.
This position consolidates three positions, which have recently been vacated, including the director of government affairs, the diversity manager and chief diversity officer.
As many of you know, Ruben Kihuen has been leading our diversity efforts but departed CSN last week to focus his attention on his congressional campaign. We anticipated this departure and have appreciated Ruben’s dedicated service to the college and its students.
To help with the continuity of our diversity program this year, Ms. Brooks will begin next month to provide leadership to our diversity efforts and to help prepare the college for the 2013 legislative session, including strengthening our relationships in the community. She will plan and implement events that promote and celebrate our diverse community. Further, we have assigned the position to the Division of Human Resources to help ensure our faculty and staff members are representative of our constituency. She will also report directly to the president.
Ms. Brooks is currently a senior management analyst and legislative liaison for the Clark County Board of Commissioners and has provided oversight, coordination, research and analysis for county-wide initiatives, proposed legislation and ordinance changes since 1996. She is currently pursuing her Ph.D. in public affairs, with a focus on public policy, at UNLV. In addition, she completed the Interuniversity Consortium for Political and Social Research fellowship at Yale University in 2006 with a focus on field research design and has a Master of Social Work from UNLV.
If you have any questions or concerns, please contact me.
Michael D. Richards, Ph.D.
College of Southern Nevada