Rich A. Salas, Ph.D.
serves as the Chief Diversity Officer for Des
Moines University. He leads the multicultural programming for the department of
Diversity and Multicultural Affairs.
As part of that work, Dr. Salas provides
students, faculty and staff with training in the area of cultural competency
and humility. By embedding the work of diversity, equity and inclusion in the
University curriculum, he provides lectures for first- and second-year medical
students. He also serves as Assistant Professor for Behavioral Medicine,
Medical Humanities and Bioethics.
Dr. Salas is responsible for building capacity
in the area of diversity and inclusion, and for supporting collaboration with
community groups, universities and businesses. He serves on the board of the
National Association of Diversity Officers in Higher Education (NADOHE).
He serves as faculty advisor for DMU’s Medical
Students for Latino Health, the Multicultural Affairs Student Advisory Council
(MASAC) and works closely with several additional student clubs, groups,
offices and departments.
Prior to his role at DMU, Dr. Salas served as
the Associate Director for El Centro Student Services and Greek Life at
Colorado State University (CSU). While there, he supported all students to be
successful at CSU while pursuing their academic degrees.
Dr. Salas is among a handful of individuals
who have completed levels I, II and III of the Intercultural Awareness training
offered through the Rocky Mountain Intercultural Institute. Furthermore, he is certified as a master level
facilitator of the Diversity Health Series developed by Kaiser Permanente. He
regularly facilitates cultural competency trainings and workshops for several
school districts, community-based organizations and enterprises in the private
For over 30 years, Dr. Salas has helped
organize and facilitate several diversity, leadership conferences and retreats.
His commitment to celebrating diversity, equity, and inclusion while empowering
medical and health science students with the cultural awareness, knowledge and
skillsets necessary to deliver culturally responsive care are of extreme
importance to him. He has presented leadership and culturally relevant workshops
at the local, state, and national levels. Dr. Salas also serves as a Human
Rights Commissioner for West Des Moines.
He earned his master’s degree in Human Resources, and Ph.D. in Educational Leadership
at Colorado State University.