Pro Staff

Adrian Jones

Adrian Jones

BSW
Student Development and Retention Coordinator

Meet Adrian Jones. Adrian serves as the Student Development and Retention Coordinator for the Office. He is a Colorado State University Alumni, having graduated in the Spring of 2017 with a Bachelor’s Degree in Social Work and minor in Ethnic Studies. Adrian is currently working on his Masters in Social Work with a concentration in Organizational Leadership and Policy at the University of Denver. In his tenure on Campus, Adrian served as a Peer Coordinator/Peer Mentor for the office as well as a Student Ambassador for the Career Center. Talk about involved? Adrian was a reoccurring member of Black Student Alliance and served as president his senior year. He served as an executive member for the Presidents Multicultural Student Advisory Committee (PMSAC). But his most favorite part of being involved was being able to become a member of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc., Omicron Tau Chapter. Outside of CSU, Adrian is very involved at his home church, Colorado Christian Fellowship. He has served as the choir director, a member on the F.L.O.W. Worship Team, and an Elite Leadership Member of R.A.W. F.I.R.E. Step/Dance team. His two favorite sports are Tennis and Volleyball. Adrian is excited to be serving in this role as a young Alum and to be in this new journey as an emerging professional.

Duan Ruff

MBA, Principal License
Director

Education is the calling on Duan’s life and he has answered that call and believes that Education Leadership is about service to students and colleagues.  Duan has spent his entire professional life serving in education and wellness as a teacher, administrator, and Director in the Denver and Fort Collins communities.  He was born in St. Louis, Missouri but grew up in Park Hill Denver and has a dynamic spouse Reneca and 4 extraordinary children.  Duan has his Bachelors Degree and MBA and is currently in pursuit of his Education Doctorate.  In addition to the degrees listed above Duan also has his Principal License and certifications in Education Leadership and Policy Studies from DU, Creating Inclusive Excellence at CSU, and as a yoga instructor from IM’Unique.  He most recently served as a the Dean of Students and Director of Safety and Security at a private school in Denver.  As an alum of Colorado State (2003), Duan brings great passion and love for CSU to the work that he does for students in the Black/African American Cultural Center.

Brandi Dennis

Brandi Dennis

Masters in Higher Education Administration
Assistant Director

Brandi serves as the Assistant Director for our office. Born and raised in Texas, Brandi graduated from Texas Tech University with her Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology, and her Master’s degree in Higher Education Administration. She is joining us from working as an Area Coordinator at Purdue University, where in her role she was able to support and advocate for students, and continues to foster this attitude and passion in her role as the Assistant Director here at CSU. Brandi has enjoyed her work in supporting BIPOC and underrepresented students to ensure they feel valued and find a sense of belonging during their collegiate journey. Brandi and her husband, Sam, spend their time finding new coffee shops around town, walking their dogs, and immersing themselves in the beauty of Colorado.