Jacquelynn “Jacquie” Rich Fredericks is the First Assistant Attorney General of the Higher Education Unit at the Colorado Department of Law, where she has served since 2011. In her role at the DOL Jacquie leads a team of dedicated public servants who are privileged to support all of Colorado’s public postsecondary institutions. Jacquie has litigated more than 250 cases, including eight federal civil rights trials. She has served for more than 5 ½ years as General Counsel to Western Colorado University, a regional comprehensive institution in Gunnison, CO, as well as the Division of Private Occupational Schools within the Colorado Department of Higher Education, which oversees the delivery of private certificate granting education to Coloradoans. In addition to her legal education, Jacquie earned her EdD from the University of Denver in 2020. Her dissertation focused upon Colorado’s ASSET law that extended in-state tuition to undocumented Coloradoans, and the implementation of the legislation at four Colorado RCUs, as analyzed through a hybridized Critical Race Theory and LatCrit framework. Jacquie is passionate about postsecondary access and equity, a mother of one, and enjoys hiking Colorado’s 14ers at a glacially slow pace.