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Upcoming Community Forum

Human Relations Commission is hosting a community forum to discuss race and communities of color in Greeley

This is a time to come together to listen, learn, and do better.

Join the conversation via Zoom on Wednesday, July 15 from 6-7:30 p.m. at https://greeleygov.zoom.us/j/93792395590#success 

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Guest Panelists

Dr. Tobias Guzmán, UNC

Tobias GuzmanDr. Tobias Guzmán serves as the Chief Diversity Officer & Associate Vice President for Student Affairs at the University of Northern Colorado (UNC) and is responsible for the subdivision of Equity and Inclusion.

Dr. Guzmán oversees all operations associated with the seven cultural and resource centers, and the departments of Campus Recreation, Dining Services (catering, vending and board operations) and Housing & Residential Education.

Dr. Guzmán approaches his work with a focus on building relationships and fostering a culture of care. These central tenets drive a culture of care philosophy where students and their experiences are a top priority. Dr. Guzmán works diligently to provide students with the necessary resources they need to progress along their path to success. 

Dr. Guzmán's research dedication focuses on customer service, social justice, equity & inclusion, and preventing student departure. He has created various strategies and initiatives to advance the overall experience for such students. Also, Dr. Guzmán has a particular interest in working with first-generation and historically marginalized populations. 

An alumnus of UNC, Tobias returned to his alma mater in 2000 after serving in a various roles at Plymouth State Univeristy and University of Toled. Tobias holds a black belt with 25 years of experience in the traditional Japanese art of karate (Wado-Ryu). As a dedicated member of his community, Tobias has served on numerous University and community committees/boards including Chair of the City of Greeley Human Relations Commission, Board Member of the Greeley Transitional House, presenter and facilitator for Greeley-Evans School District, member of the State Advisory Council for Parent Involvement in Education, Board Member for United Way of Weld County and Board Member for UC Health Greeley Hospital. Tobias resides in Greeley with his wife and daughter, who are also actively involved in the community.

Becky Safarik, Assistant City Manager

Becky Safarik

Municipal Judge Mark Gonzales, City of Greeley

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Myria Davis, UNC Grad Student, Interim Coordinator, Marcus Garvey Center

Myria DavisMyria Davis (She/Hers) serves as the Graduate Assistant and Center Coordinator for the Marcus Garvey Cultural Center, one of the four race-based cultural centers at the University of Northern Colorado (UNC). Ms. Davis identifies as a Christian, heterosexual, bi-racial woman who grew up in the city of Chicago and later moved to Oklahoma with her single-parent father. Having received her bachelor of arts in Psychology from the University of Oklahoma, she moved yet again to pursue a master’s degree from the Marriage, Couples, and Family Counseling/Therapy program at UNC. With plans to graduate next year, Ms. Davis aims to establish a private practice offering mental health services to all in need, more specifically, those from communities of color.

Grant Stephens, UNC Football

Grant StevensI was born on November 12, 1998, in Houston, Texas. I am the younger of two sons born to Garrett Stephens and Dr. Jan Courtney-Stephens. I was educated in the public-school system in the Houston area and now am a senior at the University of Northern Colorado majoring in Human Services. I am told that I have always had a heart for ministry, and I have always been a young man with degree of gravitas - many say, has always been well beyond my years. I have always been a deep-thinker, reserved in manner, and I have a love for all people and have always found myself rooting for the underdog. I developed a love for sports while attending Pershing Middle School. I played basketball from 7th to 11th grade, until I clearly heard God direct me to football- through a calm, but sure voice. I am convinced that my Mom was right when she shared, “Focus on character and WHO you are. Who you are is a great determiner of what you do.”

There have been many influences in my life, the greatest of which has been my faith. My parents divorced when I was 4, but the constant teaching of scripture, and reliance on prayer was instilled by my mother and is yet the thing that keeps me centered. My greatest passion is serving others. It is my mission to ensure that people know that their voices matter, particularly minorities in our community and being an ally in the fight against systemic racism and police brutality. I’d like to thank Mr. Tobiás Guzman, Ms. Rachel Walton, Ms. Abby Depperschmidt, Ms.Natasha Trujillo, Mr. Andrew Smith, Coach Tony Coaxum, Mr. David Sabolcik, and Justice Littrell for their continued support and education. Discomfort breeds Growth.

Shawanna Kimbrough-Hayward - Director of the Center for Human Enrichment (CHE)/TRiO Student Support Services (SSS) program at the University of Northern Colorado (UNC)

Shawana Kimbrough Hayward“Supporting and advocating for first-generation, limited-income students is my life’s passion!”

Mrs. Kimbrough-Hayward is a TRiO SSS alumni, and obtained her bachelor’s degree in Speech Communication, with a minor in African American Studies, and her Master of Science degree in Student Affairs in Higher Education (SAHE), both at Colorado State University/Fort Collins. As an administrator at UNC, Mrs. Kimbrough-Hayward served as the Chair for the Professional Administrative Staff Council for two years, and also serves on the President’s Leadership Council, and other campus committees and task-forces. Mrs. Kimbrough-Hayward enjoys engaging with students daily and has worked in higher education for twenty years. Mrs. Kimbrough-Hayward thoroughly enjoys working with TRiO students and draws strength from their passion, dedication, and perseverance as they work toward earning their bachelor’s degree from UNC. Mrs. Kimbrough-Hayward enjoys spending time with her husband and six children.

Contact Us

Deb Deboutez
Neighborhood Programs Specialist

970-336-4167
Deborah.Deboutez@greeleygov.com