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Dr. Kyle A. Reyes currently serves as Vice President of Institutional Advancement at Utah Valley University (UVU)—the largest university in the state of Utah with over 43,000 students. Before this appointment in October 2022, Dr. Reyes served for five years as VP of Student Affairs and from 2014-2017, Kyle served as UVU’s Senior Diversity & Inclusion Officer. In that role, he led the development and implementation of UVU’s nationally-recognized Strategic Inclusion Plan consisting of nearly 40 initiatives focused on making UVU a more inclusive campus. He has been at UVU for 19 years in various offices and programs: TRIO Upward Bound, GEAR UP, Multicultural Student Services, Student Success & Retention, the School of Education, and the Office of the President. 

Dr. Reyes is also a tenured Associate Professor of Education at UVU and taught courses in Multicultural Education, Family & Community Partnerships, and Arts-based Integration. His research focuses on arts-based student empowerment; leadership for equity and access; and institution-wide inclusion and diversity strategic planning. He is currently wrapping up a 4-year book project entitled, Lenses of Humanity: How Reflection, Connection, and Empathy Can Change Our World.         

Kyle has consulted with, and presented to, organizations in 30 states and Canada in various sectors including: K-12 education, higher education, business, community task forces, and faith groups. He has given more than 600 presentations over the past 17 years on issues of diversity, inclusion, art, cultural competence, voice, identity, multiculturalism, and leadership.

In addition to serving on the board of Asian Pacific Americans in Higher Education, Kyle served on the Utah Governor’s Multicultural Commission. He is the past president of the Utah chapter of the National Association for Multicultural Education. Dr. Reyes has also served as the co-chair of the College Access Network for the Utah System of Higher Education and a member of the board of directors for the United Way of Utah County and American Indian Services. 

Dr. Reyes has received a number of awards including: the Exemplary Educator for Diversity Award from the National Association of Multicultural Education (NAME); UVU’s Board of Trustees Award; Inclusion Cultivates Excellence Award from CUPA-HR, Utah Valley Magazine’s Top 40 Under 40; and the top 50 Diversity Executives in the Nation from Diversity MBA Magazine. Kyle received his Ph.D. in Educational Leadership and Policy from the University of Utah and was the recipient of the Bennion Morgan Fellowship.

In his free time, Kyle likes to design shoes and spend time with his partner, Michele, and their children. They deliberately try to build their cultural heritage (Michele – Navajo & Kyle – Hawaiian, Filipino, Japanese) into their family learning and engagement.   

UACRAO TALK - Harrison Kleiner

Harrison Kleiner is an Associate Vice Provost for General Education and Associate Professor of Philosophy at Utah State University. He grew up in Colorado, studied politics and philosophy at Cornell College, followed by an M.A. (Boston College) and a Ph.D. (Purdue) in philosophy.
Harrison teaches and writes on issues in perennial philosophy, theology, political thought, liberal education, and the great books. He is deeply involved in general education, leading institutional efforts in curricular and assessment reform in the first-year experience and general education. He chairs or serves on several state higher education system committees and consults nationally with faculty on general education, assessment, and excellence in teaching. In his free time he can be found reading Tolkien or a fairy tale or otherwise skiing or hiking in the mountains. He lives happily in North Logan with his wife (a USU psychologist), 4 daughters, and his loyal dog.

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