Staff Biographies

Carolyn Brinkworth
Carolyn Brinkworth, Chief Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Officer for NCAR|UCAR.

Carolyn Brinkworth

Chief Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Officer

Dr. Carolyn Brinkworth serves as UCAR’s Chief Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, after spending 2 years as NCAR's Director for Diversity, Education & Outreach. She holds a PhD in Astrophysics and a MA in Education, where she wrote her final thesis on creating more welcoming and inclusive environments in STEM higher education for LGBTQIA students, staff and faculty.

Carolyn is the recipient of 4 NSF grants to increase diversity and inclusion in the geosciences, has provided diversity and inclusion professional development for the UCAR/NCAR and wider geosciences communities, and currently serves on the AMS Board of Women and Minorities and on the AURA Workforce and Diversity Committee. Carolyn was on the organizing committee for the Inclusive Astronomy 2015 meeting that developed comprehensive and groundbreaking recommendations for increasing diversity, equity and inclusion in astronomy, with a strong emphasis on intersectionality. These recommendations are now being adapted to the Geosciences community in collaboration with the AMS.

In 2013, Carolyn was honored with the NASA Equal Employment Opportunity Medal: “For outstanding leadership, dedication and commitment, volunteerism, mentoring and coaching of underrepresented student groups through science education workshops and programs”.

Carolyn is particularly enthusiastic about ensuring the development of warm, welcoming, and inclusive workplace and departmental climates, and about intersectional ways of addressing social justice issues in the work environment. She believes that UCAR and NCAR have a responsibility to ensure that everyone in our organization feels safe and welcome to bring their full selves to work, and that diversity and inclusion are absolutely critical in supporting NCAR and UCAR’s mission. 

Contact Carolyn Brinkworth


Kristen Aponte
Kristen Luna Aponte, Equity and Inclusion Program Specialist.

Kristen Luna Aponte

Equity & Inclusion Program Specialist

Kristen Luna Aponte serves as the Equity and Inclusion Program Specialist in the office of Diversity and Inclusion in the UCAR President’s Office. Kristen holds a MA degree in Education Administration and Leadership, with an emphasis in Student Affairs.

Kristen’s work experience is mostly from the college and university setting, most recently at CU Boulder where she was a Hall Director for 3.5 years. Kristen’s training experiences include sessions on identity development, equity in education, how to facilitate difficult conversations, and the development of student and professional staff. Through her career Kristen has gained valuable knowledge and skills in training, team creation, and community building that will prove helpful in creating a welcoming and inclusive environment at UCAR|NCAR.    

Contact Kristen Luna Aponte

Follow Us

President's Office Contacts

Antonio J. Busalacchi
UCAR President
+1 303.497.1652

Joanna Schmitz
Executive Assistant
+1 303.497.1653

Carolyn Brinkworth
Chief Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Officer
+1 303.497.1670