Keynote Speaker – Dr. Rosemarie Allen
Our Keynote Speakers set the tone for the Higher Education Diversity Summit. Dr. Rosemarie Allen has served as an educational leader for over 30 years. Her life’s work is centered on ensuring children have access to high quality early childhood programs that are developmentally and culturally appropriate. She is currently an Assistant Professor in the School of Education at Metropolitan State University of Denver. Her classes are focused on ensuring teachers are aware of how issues of equity, privilege, and power impact teaching practices. Rosemarie has served in directorship roles with the Colorado Department of Human Services, most recently in the Division of Youth Corrections (DYC). As Director of Programs at DYC, she was responsible for the education, health, and mental health of all adjudicated youth in the State. She was also responsible for the professional development of all Division staff members in order to ensure statewide culture change. From 2007-2012 Rosemarie served as the Director of the Division of Early Learning. In that role, she oversaw the State’s child care licensing program, the federal child care assistance program, the redesign of the State’s quality rating and improvement system, the implementation of the State’s professional development plan, and assisted in the creation of Colorado’s early learning guidelines.
Dr. Allen recently launched a new non-profit; Institute for Racial Equity & Excellence (IREE) which will serve as the lead agency for ensuring equity in educational practices throughout the nation. July 2016, IREE was awarded a 1.5 million dollar contract to monitor and license child care centers using a model she created, “Culturally Responsive Community Based Licensing”. Rosemarie also serves on President Obama’s “My Brother’s Keeper” (MBK) initiative, Early Childhood Task Force. She is also a national expert on implicit bias and culturally responsive practices, speaking at conferences across the country. Additionally, she created a course for MBK that will be distributed nationally in efforts to reduce and ultimately eliminate preschool suspensions. The course focuses on racial equity in disciplinary practices.
Rosemarie is a respected keynote speaker, presenting on Implicit Bias, Racial Equity, Inclusive Practices, Culturally Responsive Practices, Cultural Competence, Micro-Aggressions, Disproportionality, Privilege, Power and Intersectionality, etc. She also has the distinct honor of being appointed as a “Global Leader” connecting with world leaders in early childhood across the globe. Rosemarie earned her B. A. from California State University, Long Beach, Master’s of Education from Lesley University and Doctorate in Equity and Leadership in Education at the University of Colorado, Denver.
Rosemarie is married to Don Allen and they have two amazing children. Jasmine is a Couples and Family therapist in Denver, Colorado and Clarence is a senior at Howard University in Washington, D.C. with aspirations of attending law school in the Fall.