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Board & Staff


Board & Staff


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Tracy Murphy, Executive Director

Tracy has an extensive background advocating for others and serving diverse populations including those with intellectual disabilities. Her experience includes Director of Employment Services for Easterseals Colorado, Special Education teacher for the Denver Public School system, and Program Supervisor of the Youth and Adult WIOA (Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act) Program for Jefferson County Human Services. Tracy has a BA in Communication Disorders with a minor in Special Education from the University of Northern Colorado.

Shayna Laing, Community Engagement Manager

Shayna Laing is a dynamic advocate for students with Intellectual Disabilities within higher education. With a Master’s Degree in Special Education and a Graduate Certificate in Disability Services in Post-Secondary Settings from BSU, she is passionate about establishing inclusive practices and pathways for individuals of all abilities to reach their full potential. Her experience includes serving as the Coordinator of Student Success and Accessibility at Colorado Christian University, Academic Support Professional for the Elevate at ACC program, and Pre-Vocational Service Provider at Stepping Stone Support Center. As a long-time supporter of IN!’s mission, Shayna is honored to serve the ID community as our Community Engagement Manager and is eager to increase inclusion across the state of Colorado. 

Elise Kramer, Program Coordinator

Elise Kramer has a variety of experiences with advocating for students and learners of all kinds. With an undergraduate degree in Middle Childhood Education from Miami University (OH) and a graduate degree in Educational Psychology from University of Wisconsin-Madison, Elise deeply understands the challenges associated both with being a higher education student and with systems of education, more broadly. Elise has worked within multiple K-12 school districts, and she is excited to bring her perspective and passion for education to IN! Elise is eager to help Colorado’s institutions of higher education become more inclusive.

Board of Directors

IN! is governed by a Board of Directors comprised of representatives, leaders, advocates, supporters, and parents from the ID, higher education, K-12, and broader business communities. The Board’s diversity has allowed IN! to become a cross-disability organization, and provides for active collaborations between different providers and advocacy groups.

Through strong fiscal management, strategic direction and networking, the board works tirelessly to provide college opportunities for individuals with ID.

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Young Professionals Board

The IN! Pathways to Inclusive Higher Education Young Professionals Board (YPB) is a neurodiverse group of young leaders dedicated to raising awareness of the inclusive college opportunities in Colorado for students with intellectual disability.

Made up of inclusive higher education (IHE) alumni and other inclusion-driven professionals in their 20s and 30s, the YPB is passionate about supporting the work of IN! and building up the next generation of advocates for inclusive higher education in Colorado.

Non-Discrimination Policy

The Colorado Initiative for Inclusive Higher Education shall not discriminate on the basis of race, creed, color, ethnicity, religion, sex, sexual orientation, age, physical or intellectual/developmental disability, veteran status, military obligations, and marital status, in any of its activities or operations. These activities include, but are not limited to, employee hiring and employment practices; selection and management of volunteers, vendors and contractors; membership recruitment; provision of services; and dealings with the general public.

This policy is endorsed and approved by the Colorado Initiative for Inclusive Higher Education Board of Directors.