Community for Excellence Scholar Programs
Main Phone Number: 970-491-5576
Meet the Staff
Taé Nosaka is the Director of the Key Communities and Community for Excellence Scholar Programs at the Collaborative for Student Achievement. She also serves as the University Learning Communities Coordinator at Colorado State University. Taé was born in Taos, NM, and raised in the mountains west of Trinidad, CO. She was homeschooled through 5th grade, high school valedictorian, and the first in her family to attain a college degree when she graduated summa cum laude with a B.S. in Natural Resources Management at CSU. She also has a Master’s Degree in Student Affairs in Higher Education from CSU.
In her roles at CSU, she is responsible for designing, implementing, creating, and assessing intentional, academically-integrated, and diverse learning communities such as the Key Communities, leading assessment efforts, developing standards and expectations for university wide learning community implementation, building and maintaining critical partnerships across campus, and maneuvering campus resources and support on behalf of Learning Community efforts. She also oversees a constellation of prestigious scholarship programs serving nearly 1,500 students and connecting scholars with professional mentors on campus.
When she is not doing her “dreamwork” at CSU, she is busy being a Mom to two boys, Taylor and Ren, cooking up all kinds of creative dishes, camping, and spending time at home.
Address: 312 Aylesworth Hall, NE
Aaron earned his Bachelors of Music in Music Education from Ithaca College in New York and went on to attain a Master’s Degree in Counseling- Student Affairs from Northern Arizona University. He is the first person in his family to go to college. As a Graduate Assistant, Aaron worked with the office of Learning Communities at NAU collaborating with Residence Life, Learning Community Faculty, as well as supervising student mentors. During his time at NAU, Aaron was able to gain experience working with Learning Communities designed specifically for underrepresented students. He has five years of professional experience as a Residence Director at Ithaca College and Keene State College. In addition, Aaron has experience working with Career Services, International Education, Orientation Programs, and Summer Transition Programs. Over the last few years Aaron has continued his passion for serving underrepresented students here at Colorado State University in his role as the Coordinator for the Key Academic Community. Throughout his educational and professional work journey, Aaron has been committed to programs with a purpose of serving underrepresented students. In his words, this is his “life-passion”!
Address: 302 Aylesworth Hall, NE
Fabiola grew up in northern Colorado after her parents emigrated from Chihuahua, Chihuahua, Mexico when she was three years old. She was the first person in her family to go to college and believes that remembering where we came from, holding onto the education we receive from our communities, and bringing people with us makes our journey so much better. She attended the University of Northern Colorado and received her B.A. in Spanish Education and her M.A. in Educational Leadership and Policy Studies- Higher Education and Student Affairs Leadership. She has worked in higher education since she became a student at UNC in 2004 and has dedicated her career to working with historically underrepresented students. Fabiola understands the importance of programs like this and is committed to helping increase access and equity in higher education. Her professional experience includes working with first generation, pell-eligible, and students of color support programs at Western Washington University and Learning Communities & First Year Success programs at Metropolitan State University of Denver. She also has experience in financial aid, teaching, leadership training and development. Fabiola is thankful to those who paved the way and on whose shoulders she stands and hopes to hold others up on their journeys here at CSU.
Address: 121 TILT Building, CASA
Kate earned a Bachelor’s degree in International Affairs/Political Science and a 2nd degree in French, from the University of Maine. Following employment with a public school system in Maine as a Teacher, an Educational Technician, and a Track Coach, she joined CSU’s Office of International Programs as a Coordinator and then took the role of Program Coordinator for International Initiatives. She then enrolled in our Student Affairs and Higher Education (S.A.H.E.) program and completed her Master’s, gaining experience in Housing and Dining Services/Apartment Life and other campus departments. Kate worked in the Office of the Vice President for Student Affairs as a Retention Coordinator, working as the primary campus contact for Denver Scholarship Foundation (DSF) staff and as a support for recipients of the DSF scholarship, as well as providing academic intervention and coaching to students referred from Student Diversity and Programs and Services. Prior to joining the CASA staff on August 11th, Kate was the Housing Assignments & Arrivals Coordinator for INTO Colorado State University.
Address: 121A TILT Building, CASA
Liloni is no stranger to CASA as she worked as a Student Reception Staff for the past four years with CASA at TiLT. Liloni just obtained her Bachelor’s Degree in Human Development and Family Studies from CSU. Liloni is also an alumna of the Key Communities, a Reisher Scholar, and a First Generation Award Scholar. Liloni brings a passion for working with underrepresented students, a welcoming presence for our students and colleagues, and extensive skills and experience in database management, program and event planning, and customer service.
Address: 316 Aylesworth Hall, NE
Lori received her B.S. in Resource Conservation and Wilderness Studies from the University of Montana. After working as a park ranger, outdoor educator, emergency services dispatcher and ski resort employee, she obtained her J.D. in Natural Resources and American Indian Law from the University of New Mexico. As an attorney, she practiced immigration law and defended indigent individuals in Madison, Wisconsin while running a small animal protection nonprofit. After moving to Colorado, she switched gears and began studying computer science and web development. Lori assists the Community for Excellence in organizing data and building information systems that help track and support C4E scholars and partners.
Address: 301 Aylesworth Hall, NE