About Regina Richards

Regina Richards, PhD, MSW has over 20 years of experience in academia as a business professional, educator, social worker, and diversity equity and inclusion (DEI) thought leader in the triplex systems of the CU School of Medicine, Children’s Hospital Colorado and CU Medicine (formerly UPI).

As vice chancellor of the Office of Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Community Engagement (ODEICE) for the CU Anschutz Medical Campus, Dr. Richards is leading a team to develop campuswide DEI initiatives, which include key performance indicators as a system of accountability. She has created the Chancellor’s DEICE Leadership Council utilizing the practice of shared governance in decision-making for this committee, engaged in partnerships with campus leaders and key stakeholder groups to strengthen guidelines for lactation practices and gender-neutral bathrooms on our campus, as well as engaged in partnerships with local nonprofit organizations and efforts to strengthen trusted ties with community stakeholders and constituents.

Before her current appointment, Dr. Richards was the inaugural director of the Office of Diversity and Inclusion at the CU School of Medicine. The DEI work there included creating and developing programming, policies, education and training, and processes spanning the student pipeline to community engagement endeavors.

While in her role as director of the CU School of Medicine Office of Diversity and Inclusion, Dr. Richards co-authored with Dr. Steven Lowenstein the 2015 CU School of Medicine Diversity Plan, which outlined 104 recommendations that focused on creating programs, policies, practices, and processes in the mission-focused areas of education, clinical care, research, and community engagement, demonstrating the impact of partnership, supportive leadership, and collaboration.

Regina received her doctoral degree in social work and higher education from Colorado State University, a master’s degree in social work with a concentration in community and leadership development from the University of Denver Graduate School of Social Work, and her bachelor’s degree in business administration from the University of Phoenix.

Subjects Covered

The Art and Science of Coaching