Staff

While our programming is student-led, nothing could take place without these dedicated supporters of youth voice.

We operate on a lean staff and the help of volunteers to maximize our impact and keep costs low. Our program staff typically hold full-time jobs in the education system, and support YCD programs in a part-time capacity.

If you are interested in working with YCD programs and have a background in education or social work, please contact Caleb Munro, the Executive Director, to discuss potential openings or opportunities. We are especially interested in making new connections in Arizona, California, Texas, Utah, and Wyoming, as well as the Colorado Springs and Pueblo metros.

Nikki Archuleta

Nikki Archuleta

Organizer – YCD New Mexico
Albuquerque, New Mexico
(505) 804-6790
narchuleta@ycdiversity.org

Nikki Archuleta (she/her) is an activist, humanitarian, educator scholar, poet, podcaster, community organizer and revolutionary! She is a firm believer in fighting to obliterate oppression across the board and fighting for the equality and equity of the historically disenfranchised. As a woman of African, Mexican, and Indigenous decent she has fallen in love with her people and though their stories are the most tragic it’s the beauty and resilience of those who came before her that have guided her footsteps towards liberation. Whether she is organizing a protest or march, or just in her community trying to build hope and change on a foundation that has denied her and so many others their humanity, she is a powerhouse and has no plans of slowing down.

She has worked with countless organizations such as Black Lives Matter, the Southwest Organizing Project (SWOP), The Red Nation, Power through Peace as well as creating The Albuquerque Arts Collective to create a platform for local artists to share their craft all while raising money for important causes.

Josh Lucio

Josh Lucio

Organizer – YCD New Mexico
Albuquerque, New Mexico
(505) 933-0291
jlucio@ycdiversity.org

Josh Lucio (he/him) is Zuni Pueblo from Zuni, New Mexico. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Microbiology from the University of Arizona and he recently earned his Masters of Business Administration from the University of New Mexico.

Josh joined DreamCatcher Financial Strategies (DCFS) and is a licensed financial professional teaching financial literacy to Native American families. Prior to joining DCFS, he worked for the American Indian Graduate Center as the Scholarship Operations Manager and the Education Coordinator for the Pueblo of Zuni administering the Zuni Tribal Scholarship program. In addition, Josh served a number of years as a Reader for the Gates Millennium Scholars Program, an Adjunct Instructor for the University of New Mexico-Gallup branch campus, a board member of College Horizons and Graduate Horizons, Inc. and former Chairman with the New Mexico Tribal Higher Education Commission. He currently volunteers his time serving on the board of directors for the Colorado Plateau Foundation. Josh enjoys hiking, traveling, and spending time with his two daughters.

Asia Lyons

Asia Lyons

Organizer – YCD Colorado
Aurora, Colorado
(313) 443-7165
asia@lyonseducationalconsulting.com

Asia Lyons (she/her) is the founder and lead consultant for Lyons Educational Consulting LLC, a consulting and coaching firm that supports schools and other non-profits through equity auditing of their programming, co-creation of culturally responsive programming and curriculum, and job-embedded coaching. 

Prior to founding Lyons Educational Consulting, Asia worked as a K-12 educator for over 10 years.  She also served as the equity in schools specialist in a Denver based non-profit, a role in which she worked with schools and non-profit partners across the Denver Metro Area to provide communities with resources to support the closing of the access gap for BIPOC youth.

In addition to her work in coaching and consulting, Asia is an adjunct instructor in the School of Education and Human Development at the University of Colorado – Denver. She is also pursuing her doctorate in Leadership for Educational Equity, where her research focuses on the ways that racism-related stress crosses over from Black educators to their families.  

Finally, Asia is the co-host of The Exit Interview, a podcast focusing on the lived experiences of former Black educators. 

Alexis McClain

Alexis McClain

Organizer – Teens for Inclusive Athletics
Boulder, Colorado
(303) 349-7502
alexiseliz75@gmail.com

Born and raised in Denver, Colorado, Alexis McClain (she/her) went to CU Boulder, graduating with a BA in Psychology, and received her Masters in Sports Administration and Leadership from Seattle University where she was also a member of the crew team.

She has a passion for all things Diversity/Equity and Inclusion and volunteers in many Denver/Boulder area organizations including the Junior League of Denver, Creative Strategies for Change, The Five Points Rino Rotary club, Satya Yoga Cooperative and the Rocky Mountain RYLA program. She currently works in Residence life at the University of Colorado Boulder as well as co-owner of the Satya Yoga Cooperative in Denver.

She is excited to work/collaborate with the amazing students and mentors of YCD!

Caleb Munro surrounded by teens smiling

Caleb Munro

Executive Director
Denver, Colorado
(720) 507-0746
cmunro@ycdiversity.org

Caleb Munro (he/him) serves as YCD’s Executive Director and is responsible for marketing, fundraising, and program oversight.

In 2014 Caleb led the establishment of Youth Celebrate Diversity as a non-profit in order to continue the important work of the Cherry Creek Diversity Conference (now YCD Colorado), as well as to seek opportunities to expand on its model. He was passionate about continuing this vital program as an alumnus of the program himself, which provided him crucial support during his high school years while he struggled with his sexuality, religious identity, and the impacts of living in a large, single-parent, low-income family. Caleb shepherded YCD through its formation by drafting its Bylaws; recruiting its Board of Directors; and overseeing the organization’s approval for 501(c)(3) tax-exempt status with the IRS.

Since working full-time for YCD in 2017, Caleb has overseen the organization’s growth to reach over 3,000 teens annually across six programs, including expansion into New Mexico, as well as programs in Colorado’s Western Slope and in Fort Collins in collaboration with Colorado State University. He also forged a partnership with the Colorado High School Activities Association (CHSAA) to create the Teens for Inclusive Athletics podcast and program, where teen athletes can speak and explore how to make youth sports more inclusive for marginalized identities.

Caleb continues to build YCD’s partnerships with school districts, colleges and universities, and other non-profit organizations to provide more opportunities for young people to organize locally, educate themselves and their peers, and take action for inclusion and social justice. In 2021, he was named as one of ColoradoBiz Magazine’s Most Influential Young Professionals.

Caleb has a BSFS from Georgetown University and an MA in the Teaching of Social Studies from Teachers College, Columbia University, and lives in Denver, Colorado with his husband Danny and dog Acorn.

Zaira Najera

Zaira Najera Rodriguez

Organizer – Student Virtual Board
St. Louis, Missouri
(970) 361-8151
zaira.najera15@gmail.com

Zaira Najera Rodriguez (she/her) is a Latina student activist. She will be attending Washington University in St. Louis starting in the fall of 2021.

As a daughter to Mexican immigrants, Zaira has always seen or experienced discrimination but she never thought that something could actually be done about it. Her work for diversity and social justice issues started her freshman year of high school when she attended YCD’s Cherry Creek Diversity Conference (now Colorado Youth Diversity Conference). Since then, she has been a part of and even co-founded clubs and organizations that share those values. She co-founded a club called SPICE (Students Promoting Inclusion and Civic Engagement) at her high school that focused on giving voice to students, mental health, disability awareness, and creating safe spaces. Zaira also co-founded a group called Valley Dreamers for the organization YouthPower365. Valley Dreamers is centered around educating and spreading awareness about immigration and DACA as well as supporting undocumented peoples. She started getting more involved with YCD when the Mountain West Diversity Conference was brought to Eagle Valley High School. Her junior year, she became co-chair for MWDC and was also one of the hosts for YCD’s virtual program A Time To Unite Virtual Festival.

Zaira enjoys reading, listening to music, and spending time with loved ones!

Micah Porter

Micah Porter

Organizer – Teens for Inclusive Athletics
Denver, Colorado
(303) 982-8053
micah.porter@jeffco.k12.co.us

Micah Porter (he/him) has been in public education for three decades in the Denver metro area as a teacher, coach, sponsor, and administrator. He has had a diverse professional background and has served a variety of educational and athletic communities. Micah is currently an Associate Principal at Warren Tech in Jeffco Public Schools. He has a deep philosophical belief in creating greater educational access for our most under-resourced students. His passion for creating positive student experiences, both academic and extracurricular, drives much of the work that he does as a school leader.

Micah is also a leader and advocate in the LGBTQ community, focusing his efforts on building greater inclusion for LGBTQ athletes and youth. Having worked with a number of national advocacy groups such as You Can Play, the Sports Leadership Diversity Council, and Equality Coaching Alliance, Micah has been a committed and significant spokesperson in the LGBTQ sports movement. He has continued this work as a member of the Colorado High School Activities Association (CHSAA)’s Equity committee and as well as a voice for greater equity in both Jeffco and Denver Public Schools.

Dr. Kinette Richards

Kinette Richards

Organizer – YCD Colorado
Aurora, Colorado
(720) 747-3112
krichards@ycdiversity.org

Kinette Richards, PhD, NCC (she/her) is a Licensed School Psychologist, and Nationally Certified Counselor working in Aurora, Colorado. She received her Master’s degree in Counseling Psychology from the University of Colorado Denver, and received her Doctorate in School Psychology from the University of Denver. She has over 25 years of mental health experience, working in a variety of settings, and she has worked with pre-school aged children through adults in her tenure in mental health.

As a school psychologist, she has worked with adolescents and children in elementary, middle, and high school, as well as alternative settings for high school students. She has a passion for equity work, and is an advocate for students and families of color in school settings. She leads the district’s Mental Health Equity Team, which is a group of Mental Health professionals focusing on social justice issues. During the past fifteen years she has taken a lead role in the discussion and training of staff members at the school and district level, on the issue of race and the achievement gap, and the over-representation of students of color in disciplinary actions. Her current focus in equity work is on the impact of implicit bias and the role it plays in service delivery.

She was a member of the Georgetown Day School Equity Collaborative Faculty, in Washington D.C., which for six years trained Public and Independent school personnel to address issues of equity and privilege in their settings. She was a 2016-2017 Ambassador Fellow for the Colorado Education Association, addressing the School to Prison Pipeline, and was a mentor supervising several Ambassador Fellows for the 2017-2018 school year. She has recently been appointed to the Advisory Board of Learning for Justice, a national organization that develops trainings and curriculum for school personnel and other professionals interested in doing and leading equity work in school districts. Additionally, she was recently appointed to an APA (American Psychological Association) task force, addressing issues of parenting and racial stress, and she is an Adjunct Professor for School Psychology at the University of Denver.

Hannah Shapiro

Hannah Shapiro

Organizer – Student Virtual Board
Chicago, Illinois
(847) 858-3595
hshapiro@ycdiversity.org

Hannah Shapiro (she/her) previously taught English, journalism, filmmaking, and AP Capstone courses at Eagle Valley High School in Gypsum, Colorado. She also advised the student media program and Students Promoting Inclusion and Civic Engagement (SPICE). She is proud to work with Youth Celebrate Diversity to promote awareness of and investment in diversity, inclusion, and equity.