Black/African American Cultural Center



Bridgette M. Johnson, M.S.


She lives to make a difference, to empower and challenge those around her.

Making a difference not to benefit self, but a difference that will elevate those who have been marginalized and oppressed.  She is known as someone who serves as a voice to those who have been silenced and one willing to give up her seat for those who are not at the table and ask, “How can she support the cause.”   She realizes perspectives are amongst millions based on environment so she challenges herself and others to look beyond what appears to be the obvious, understanding we see the world not as it is but as we are.  She empowers individuals to go beyond their potential and to look at life with a critical eye in order make a difference not be the difference.  Bridgette Johnson works towards accomplishing these attributes through her daily personal life as a mother of two girls and as a wife of 23 years.  Professionally, she provides this opportunity to college students as the Director of the Black/African American Cultural Center at Colorado State University.  Prior to her current job, she served as a Director of a Multicultural Student Affairs Office, an Assistant to the Chancellor for Equity and Diversity, an Admissions Counselor and an avid community advocate for social change through social justice.  In her current job, Bridgette is able to provide cultural enriching experiences, academic enhancement and mentoring programs, as well as leadership and professional development opportunities with a team of others. Bridgette also enjoys being in the class teaching while learning herself. Having worked in Higher Education for 23 years, she has found her passion and believes she is working towards achieving work-life integration.  Bridgette received her Bachelors of Arts in Communication with a minor in Political Science from the University of Wisconsin-Parkside and her Masters of Science in Student Personnel Administration in Higher Education from Concordia University-Wisconsin.  In 2017 she will begin working on her Doctorate degree.

Bridgette Johnson simply enjoys life, loves reading, taking strolls and spending time with her family and friends.  She is not someone you would describe as shy and timid, but lively with a lot of questions – you either love her or..., you love her.  


Duan A. Ruff , M.B.A   

Assistant Director

I am Duan…a husband, father, partner, proud black man, and most importantly a human!  I am a former two-sport student athlete at Colorado State University where I received my undergraduate degree in Liberal Arts with a minor in Economics.  While competing in football and track and field I also was very involved as a tutor in the Black/African American Cultural Center.  Upon graduation I moved to Dallas Texas to work as a Claims Adjuster for 8 months and moved back to Denver.  When I returned I began working in education at Community College of Denver.  A few years later I became the Principal of a charter school started by the Urban League of Metro Denver.  I later completed my M.B.A. and soon began teaching math and business at Mullen High School as well as serving as the Director of Student Life.  I currently serves as the Assistant Director of the Black/African American Cultural Center.  I have a spouse and together we have 4 beautiful children.  I truly believe in a healthy authentic lifestyle of yoga, eating mostly vegan, working out regularly, speaking my truth, listening to others, and meditation.

Ivan D. Hubbard, B.S. Public Relations

Program Coordinator

Ivan DeShawn Hubbard is the current Student Development & Retention Coordinator for the Black/African-American Cultural Center at Colorado State University. Ivan is going into his second year of serving in this position and also looking to earn his Master’s from Colorado State in the near future. During his off time, Ivan likes to spend time cooking, as he is a self-proclaimed chef; creating concepts; and concocting ideas on how he can contribute to saving the world. Ivan Hubbard received in Bachelor’s degree in Public Relations from Northwest Missouri State University in 2014 where he also became a proud member of Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Inc.