Heather Arnold-Renicker

Clinical Assistant Professor

MSW, University of Denver
Contact: Heather.Arnold-Renicker@du.edu

Professional Biography

Heather Arnold-Renicker is a born and raised Coloradan who started her career in 2002 as a case manager at a rape crisis center in Boulder, where her passion for anti-oppressive practice emerged. While seeking her Master of Social Work (MSW) from the University of Denver, Arnold-Renicker focused on policy, program administration, program development and anti-oppressive practice. She graduated in 2007 and moved to Washington, D.C., where she took a job at a political leadership development organization that focuses on creating ladders for people who are traditionally left out of political leadership.

While in D.C., Arnold-Renicker started teaching Bachelor of Social Work (BSW) and MSW programs at George Mason University and Catholic University of America. In 2011, she moved back to Denver, and started teaching at the University of Denver’s Graduate School of Social Work. 

Since 2011, Arnold-Renicker has also been focusing her career on developing and facilitating anti-oppression trainings for local and national organizations. She also helps organizations that want to change their internal policies and practices to better support their staff of color, staff who are LGBTQ and staff from other marginalized identity groups. She has worked with local and national social justice organizations and campaigns such as the Interfaith Alliance of Colorado, the Denver Museum of Nature and Science, Colorado Coalition for the Homeless, Showing Up for Racial Justice, Wellstone Action, Make it Work and Leadership for Educational Equity.

Arnold-Renicker’s research interests are to better understand the impact of white dominant culture on social justice nonprofit organizations and the impact of other dominant social identities on the culture, policies and practices of nonprofit and social service organizations.

Academic and Research Interests

  • anti-oppressive practice
  • leadership
  • public policy and politics
  • organizing
  • civic engagement