Latinas First Foundation leader hired as CU’s senior diversity chief
BOULDER — The University of Colorado has hired a new senior diversity officer for CU’s system administration: Judi Diaz Bonacquisti, executive director of Denver-based Latinas First, which provides scholarship, mentorship and networking opportunities.
Bonacquisiti’s higher education experience includes roles at Regis University, Metropolitan State University of Denver, Colorado School of Mines and the Community College of Denver.
As part of her role with CU, Bonacquisiti “will advise the [CU system president Todd Saliman] and other leadership on issues of diversity, equity and inclusion and will work to help CU system administration to diversify its workforce and support a culture of belonging,” CU said in a news release.
She will report to the president and serve as a member of his executive team.
“Judi is a leader who has made a substantial difference in every organization she has been a part of,” Saliman said in the release. “Her deep experience and even deeper commitment to issues of equity and diversity make her the ideal person to help us achieve progress through collaboration as we work to reflect the diversity of Colorado.”