Denise Cordova is the Director as well as the Title IX Coordinator and Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) Coordinator in the Equal Opportunity and Title IX Office at the University of Nevada, Reno. Denise investigates internal discrimination and sexual harassment complaints as well as conducts sexual harassment/discrimination prevention training for University faculty, staff, students, and student employees. As the Title IX Coordinator, Denise develops and presents campus-wide Title IX training programs and participates in student orientation. As ADA Coordinator, Denise manages employee ADA requests for accommodation under the Americans with Disabilities Act.
Denise is an advocate of diversity and was a guest speaker for the University of Nevada, Reno Flip Side Speaker Series. Denise is frequently requested to speak on diversity issues in various classes on campus and takes part in campus events such as the Grand Opening of the Joe Crowley Student Union, candle light vigils and various rallies. Denise has also been a guest on KUNR.
Denise is a Colorado native and earned a Master of Science Degree in Equity and Diversity in Education and a graduate certificate in Race, Gender, and Identity, from the University of Nevada, Reno. Denise earned a Bachelor of Arts Degree from Adams State University in Alamosa, Colorado, and is a member of The Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi.
Denise has lived in the Reno area for over 30 years. She has over 30 years of investigative experience, having worked most recently for the Nevada Attorney General's Office as a workers' compensation fraud and insurance claims investigator. While at the Attorney General's Office, Denise was honored as Investigator of the Year in 1996 and Super Specialist in 2002, awards given in recognition and appreciation of exceptional service.
Denise has been active in the Reno/Sparks community throughout her career. In 1997, she received the Woman of Distinction Award from Soroptimist International of Reno in recognition of her service in the community. In 2009, Denise was recognized as a Distinguished Advocate and Ally by the Associated Students of the University of Nevada, Reno (ASUN).