Michael Benitez Jr. is
the new vice president for the Office of Diversity and Inclusion at
Metropolitan State University of Denver.
“I am incredibly excited about the work ahead at MSU Denver during this
time… to continue to strengthen MSU-Denver’s position as a preeminent
public-urban University,” Benitez said. This executive served as chief
diversity officer, dean of diversity and inclusion, and Title IX officer and
EEO officer for the University of Puget Sound.
He received a doctorate
in educational leadership and policy studies from Iowa State University. He
also holds a Master of Education in counselor education and a Bachelor of
Science from Pennsylvania State University. “As a first-generation Latino
college graduate from humble economic means, I know very well what it means to
navigate and negotiate unfamiliar spaces full of diverse experiences and
background,” Benitez said.