Kyle A. Reyes currently serves as Special Assistant to the President for Inclusion at Utah Valley University (UVU). As UVU’s Chief Diversity Officer, Kyle has championed initiatives to improve outcomes and opportunities for students from various underrepresented backgrounds including Pacific Islander, Latino, and Native American. From 2009-2014, he served as Chief of Staff to the President at UVU and before that, he dedicated 6 years to programs and services for underrepresented students and communities including TRIO/Upward Bound, GEAR UP, and Multicultural Student Services. Kyle currently serves on a number of community boards and was elected by his peers statewide to co-chair the College Access Network for the Utah System of Higher Education from 2012-2014.
For his work in community outreach, service learning, and inclusive initiatives, Kyle has received a number of awards including: the Civically Engaged Staff Member Award from the Utah Campus Compact; UVU’s Board of Trustees Award; Adjunct Faculty of the Year Award; and the 2013 Exemplary Educator for Diversity Award for the state of Utah from the National Association of Multicultural Education (NAME). Dr. Reyes is also an Assistant Professor in the School of Education and teaches courses in Multicultural Understanding, Intercultural Communications, and Community and Family Partnerships. His research focuses on conditions for underrepresented student success and leadership for social justice throughout P-20 educational institutions.
Kyle received his Ph.D. in Education Leadership and Policy from the University of Utah and was the recipient of the Elmo R. & Frances Bennion Morgan Fellowship. He is the advisor to the Hip Hop and Graffiti clubs at UVU and has been involved in cultural and urban performing and visual arts for nearly 25 years. Kyle attributes his loves of educational advocacy and the arts to his Hawaiian/Japanese educator mother and his Filipino artist father.