DEI

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Our Mission

Foster an environment that recruits, develops, and retains a diverse workforce while collaborating with our team members, community, and partners to cultivate a culture of inclusion.

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D stands for Diversity. Diversity at the Broncos represents not only the people, but their thoughts and backgrounds. Diversity is all the ways in which we differ. To bring people together who have a diversity of thought, while maintaining individually, is the goal.

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E stands for Equity. Equity at the Broncos means to break down barriers to create fair access to opportunities and advancement. It is to highlight voices that have been overshadowed in the past due to systemic imbalanced structures. This is the leading force of all our work.

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I stands for Inclusion. Inclusion at the Broncos is ensuing all voices have a seat at the table and are being heard, understood, respected, and valued.

The Story Behind Our Logo

The Story Behind Our Logo

The DEI logo was created in 2022 as a the collaboration of our creative graphic team and DEI's Committee, we are focused on the below mark that reflect the five areas of the DEI framework, so your feedback to determine the best colors for the dots is valuable to us.

Area 1 - Awareness: White symbolizes Awareness, Awakening, and Illumination

Area 2 - Education: Blue symbolizes Wisdom, Intellect, and Responsibility

Area 3 - Process: Yellow symbolizes Creativity, Uplifting, and Enlightenment

Area 4 - Policies: Red represents Action, Strength, and Ambition

Area 5 - Finance: Green symbolizes Growth, Prosperity, and Regeneration

Our Framework

Building off the inaugural DEI plan in 2021, which introduced the strategy to assess, analyze and adopt initiatives, programming, and process, there is intentionality for the plan to evolve by introducing metrics, timelines, and active engagement of various departments. This framework of diversity, equity, and inclusion offers various strategies for staff to participate and offer ongoing coaching to create a culture of inclusion around 5 focus areas: Awareness, Education, Process, Policies and Profits.

  • Awareness: Introduce awareness programming by creating safe and brave spaces to learn about and understand cultural misperceptions, stereotypes, and biases toward underrepresented communities.
  • Education: Offer training and educational strategies to create and foster an inclusive environment in the workplace.
  • Process:Collaborate with department heads, community, and grassroots organizations to strategize on implementing processes that foster inclusive behaviors and strategies unique to their demographics.
  • Policies: Collaborate with the executive-level staff to assess current policies' effectiveness and create new approaches to operationalize diversity, equity, and inclusion strategies.
  • Finance: While maintaining consistency in the abovementioned areas, DEI is infused in external facing areas (i.e., Corporate Partnerships, Marketing, and Ticketing) to implement strategies that impact revenue and engage our fan base and ethnic minority and women-owned businesses.

MEET OUR TEAM

Vice President of DEI - China Jude

Vice President of DEI - China Jude

China joined the Broncos team in April 2021. Having more than 23 years of collegiate athletic administration and coaching experience, she most recently worked as the University of Wyoming's Senior Associate Athletics Director for Administration/Senior Woman Administrator (SWA).

A native of Waukegan, Illinois, Jude completed her bachelor's degree in broadcast journalism from Alabama State in 1994. She earned a master's degree in sports administration and marketing from the United States Sports Academy in 1996 and completed her Doctor of Education (Ed.D.) in athletic administration from Northcentral University in 2017.

Jude also received an Executive Certificate, Diversity & Inclusion for Human Resources, Cornell University (September 2020). She served in the U.S. Naval Reserves, earning an honorable discharge.

"I have incorporated DEI strategies in all aspects of my professional life. It is my vision to facilitate courageous conversations and support actions that leads to a more inclusive organization."

DEI Coordinator – Naomi Savas

DEI Coordinator – Naomi Savas

Naomi joined the Broncos team in August 2022. Prior to this role, she was the Virtual Event Producer at Jennifer Brown Consulting, a DEI consultancy company handling weekly virtual engagements, including the production of awareness and training events, with more than 300 people.

A native of Bloomfield, Michigan, Savas earned her bachelor's degree in Biopsychology, Cognition and Neuroscience with a minor in Intergroup Relations from the University of Michigan in 2020. Savas also received two DEI Certificates from Jennifer Brown Consulting's DEI Practitioners Program (May & October 2022).

"In my personal world, I've always carried myself with an open heart and an open mind. It only makes sense to translate my personal passion into my work passion and help create a sense of belonging, ensuring everyone I interact with feels valued, respected, and heard."

COMMITEE MEMBERS

China Jude

China Jude

Vice President of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

Naomi Savas

Naomi Savas

Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Coordinator

Sandy Young

Sandy Young

Vice President of Partnership Marketing

Marc Jackson

Marc Jackson

Vice President of Ticketing Sales and Services

Ted Santiago

Ted Santiago

Senior Director of Marketing

Anna-Marie Martinez

Anna-Marie Martinez

Director of Special Events

Matt Shine

Matt Shine

Director of Operations and Engineering

Rich Hurtado

Rich Hurtado

Vice President of Football Administration

Ray Jackson

Ray Jackson

Vice President of Player Development

Mark Thewes

Mark Thewes

Vice President of Football Operations and Compliance

Liz Jeralds

Liz Jeralds

Senior Manager of Community Development

Kelly Kleine

Kelly Kleine

Executive Director of Football Operations

Christian Parker

Christian Parker

Defensive Backs Coach

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