Current DACODI Members

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Bailey Smith

Email: smitbai@bgsu.edu

Specialization: Finance

Graduation Date: 2021

Hometown: Cleveland, Ohio

Why I Joined DACODI: Diversity and Inclusion is very important to me because I believe that people from all walks of life with different experiences and backgrounds deserve to be represented and heard. We can more successfully achieve goals when people engage in an inclusive environment. Everyone is worthy of feeling valued, safe, and accepted with the same opportunity to grow and succeed.

Activities and Honors:

·      2019-2021 Dean’s Advisory Council for Diversity and Inclusion – Chair of Communications

·      Schmidthorst College of Business Peer Leader

Work Experience:

·      Schmidthorst College of Business Communications Intern

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Brianna Collins

Email: brimcol@bgsu.edu

Specialization(s): Marketing and Business Analytics

Graduation Date: May 2023

Hometown: West Milton, Ohio

Why I Joined DACODI: Diversity and Inclusion is important to me because I think it is important that everyone feels welcome here at BGSU. To me, BGSU is very welcoming and feels like home, I want everyone to feel that way also.

Activities and Honors:

·      Member of Women in Business Leadership Tutor for America Reads

·      Co-Chair of Public Relations and Communications in DACODI

·      Tutor for America Reads Program

Work Experience:

·      Customer Service Employee at Dunkin Donuts

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Gabe Sayer

Email: gsayer@bgsu.edu

Specialization(s): Business Analytics and Accounting

Graduation Date: May 2022

Hometown: Bowling Green, Ohio

Why I Joined DACODI: Unfortunately, society and the business field has largely only been reflective of people who look like me. Diversity and Inclusion is essential to access the potential of everyone in order to hear and consider all voices. Increased and accurate representation not only benefits underrepresented groups, but it improves all of society and develops new opportunities for progression and positive change.

Activities and Honors:

·      2020-2021 Dean’s Advisory Council for Diversity and Inclusion – Chair of Liaisons

·      Capsim Business Simulation Challenge World Finalist

·      Dean’s List

·      Schmidthorst College of Business Student Ambassador

·      Thompson Family Scholars

·      Delta Sigma Pi - Professional Business Fraternity 

·      Beta Alpha Psi – Honorary Accounting Fraternity

Work Experience:

·       Accounting Intern | Velocity, A Managed Services Company

·       Student Accountant | BGSU Controller’s Office

·       Customer Service Counselor | BGSU Office of Student Financial Aid

·       Project Assistant | BGSU Schmidthorst College of Business

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Giovonni Colantonio

Email: Giovonc@bgsu.edu

Specialization(s): Finance

Graduation Date: 2022

Hometown: Cleveland, Ohio

Why I Joined DACODI: Being the child of a single immigrant mother from the Philippines, understanding the importance of giving as much as you can to the world with what you have has always been my defining characteristic, as well as the conviction that every person has something to contribute, irrespective of their race, sex, orientation, economic background, or other arbitrary metrics. Volunteering and working to build a more inclusive environment for people from all walks of life has proven to be the best way to uphold those timeless values my upbringing instilled. For instance, I currently serve as President of External Best Practices for the Dean’s Advisory Council on Diversity & Inclusion (DACODI) as well as the Representative of DACODI on the Dean’s Advisory Council (DAC). In addition to having the honor of serving in these organizations, I have also volunteered as an economic impact surveyor, reading tutor for America Reads, and for several other community involvement opportunities. Outside of giving back to the community and studying, I enjoy making new memories with a few close friends, searching for opportunities to invest in publicly traded equities, watching classics such as The Hunt for Red October and Jerry Maguire, and when back home, spending time with my little sister and mother. Although every second at Bowling Green has proven worthwhile, I am eager to forge through the journey ahead. After earning more internship experience as well as a Specialized Master’s in Finance (SMF) by 2023, I intend to work for the company that best couples an affinity for inclusion with a relentless obsession to serve customers and businesses around the globe. No amount of words can fully encapsulate the extent to which Bowling Green’s professors, advisers, and business program have helped refine and foster my ambition for a fulfilling career in the world of finance. Alongside several professional and academic accomplishments, being able to connect with new people has been the highlight of my time here. In the end, it’s the people that have made college such a wonderful experience, and as much as I will miss those I’ve already met, I still look forward to building new friendships and gaining new experiences wherever I have the fortune of travelling to. Thank you to my wonderful family, friends, professors, advisers, and coworkers who made everything possible.

Activities and Honors:

·      2019 - 2020 Dean’s Advisory Council on Diversity & Inclusion – Chair of External Best Practices

·      Tutor for America Reads

·      Student Greeter for the Thompson Working Families Scholarship

·      Voter Registration Volunteer for BGSU Votes

·      Economic Impact Surveyor for the American Marketing Association

·      Green Day Recycling Volunteer

·      Securities Industry Essentials Exam 2020

·      Professional Sales & Marketing Exam 2018

Work Experience:

·      Treasurer of Twilight Pixie Co

·      Produce Clerk at Kroger

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Gurtej Singh Puri

Email: gspuri@bgsu.edu

Specialization(s): Business Management and Finance

Graduation Date: May 2023

Hometown: Delhi, India

Why I Joined DACODI: Diversity and Inclusion matters because it’s about empowering people by respecting and appreciating what makes them different. This is very important to understand and diversity helps a person explore these differences in a nurturing environment.

Activities and Honors:

·      2020-2021 Dean’s Advisory Council for Diversity and Inclusion Member

·      Dean's list (Fall 2019, Spring 2020)

·      Cultural Secretary and Social Media Chair for Indian Student Association

·      Alpha Lambda Delta – Phi Eta Sigma (Honor Society)

·      Delta Sigma PI (Member)

·      Schmidthorst College of Business Student Ambassador

·      Member of World Student Organization

Work Experience:

·      Certification in CII- Logistics and Supply Chain Management

Hannah

Hannah Salo

Email: hsalo@bgsu.edu

Specialization(s): Business Management

Graduation Date: 2021

Hometown: Lakewood, Ohio

Why I Joined DACODI: I have been extremely passionate about the topics of diversity and inclusion for as long as I can remember. Growing up in the inclusive community of Lakewood, Ohio, I learned to celebrate the differences everyone has as they are beautiful aspects of our identities rather than as flaws or things to hide. Bringing the topic of diversity and inclusion to the surface of our nation is so important, and it is a conversation that should never end. We must continuously grow and learn from our injustices as a nation and by having changes in local communities that lead to inclusive and safe spaces, we can help lead to a larger change within our nation’s systems.

Activities and Honors:

·      2020-2021 Dean’s Advisory Council for Diversity and Inclusion Member

·      Delta Zeta Member

·      Serves on the College Panhellenic Conference Executive board

·      Phi Beta Kappa Member

·      Order of Omega Member

Work Experience:

·      Student Desk Manager of Kreischer Compton/Darrow

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Ishmael Kodjoe-Tadekah

Email: ikodjoe@bgsu.edu

Specialization(s): M.A. Financial Economics

Graduation Date: May 2021

Hometown: Ghana, West Africa

Why I Joined DACODI: I believe everyone matters and deserves impartial opportunity. I also believe that to live, is to serve and have thus through my life, I have used volunteerism to impact lives through radio broadcasting and advocacy. I find fulfillment in my heart each time my volunteering and service improves the life of the those sometimes overlooked.

Activities and Honors:

·       2020-2021 Dean’s Advisory Council for Diversity and Inclusion Member

·       Schmidthorst College of Business International Student Ambassador

Work Experience:

·       Freelance with Radio Broadcasting and Advocacy

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Jaamy Fountain

Email: jfounta@bgsu.edu

Specialization(s): Marketing and International Business

Graduation Date: May 2022

Hometown: Detroit, Michigan

Why I Joined DACODI: As a black person in the Schmidthorst College of Business, you are always asked to change your major or told its too hard. I just want to be proof that you can make it, and I personally believe that 3% minority graduating from the Schmidthorst College of Business is too low. Thus, I want to help improve that if I can. So hopefully my story and familiar face can inspire others to be a part of this college.

Activities and Honors:

·      2018 Cohort President’s Leadership Academy member

·      2019 New Student Orientation Leader

·      2020-2021 Dean’s Advisory Council for Diversity and Inclusion Member

·      Voices at BGSU Baritone section member

·      Sales and Leadership Life Insurance Trainee for Primerica Inc

Work Experience:

·      Customer Service( 1.5 year)

·      Sales and Leadership( Less than a year)

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Janae Johnson

Email: janaejj@bgsu.edu

Specialization(s): Finance and Business Analytics

Graduation Date: May 2021

Hometown: Euclid, Ohio

Why I Joined DACODI: As a native of Cleveland, Ohio, I was accustomed to being surrounded by people from all walks of life. For majority of my life, I thought Cleveland was just like every other place in America. However, after moving to Bowling Green, I was shocked by how wrong I was. I wasn’t prepared to rarely see people who looked like me or to be some people’s first African American encounter. I soon learned that my new reality was the true reflective state of America and the business world. While there is absolutely nothing wrong with my previous statement, from firsthand experience, I understand how challenging and isolating it can feel at times. Thus, I joined DACODI to use my experiences and understanding to help shine a light on the importance of diversity and inclusion and to do my part in providing positive experiences for students.

Activities and Honors:

·      2019-2021 Dean’s Advisory Council for Diversity and Inclusion – Council Organizer

·      Executive Member of Schmidthorst College of Business Student Ambassadors

·      Peer Mentor for Thompson Working Family Scholarship

·      Founding member of Students of Color in Business

Work Experience:

·      Information Technology Business Analyst Intern | Eaton 

·      Strategic Business Analyst Intern | STERIS Corporation 

·      Research Intern | Schmidthorst College of Business 

·      Banker Trainer Intern | Quicken Loans

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Jayden Donald

Email: djayden@bgsu.edu

Specialization(s): Business Analytics & Intelligence and International Business

Graduation Date: May 2024

Hometown: Lima, Ohio

Why I Joined DACODI: I think Diversity & Inclusion are incredibly important because the world should strive to provide equal opportunity to all people. This is truly how the world will continue to grow in a positive direction, by continuing to let all people be creative in their own ideas and businesses. Making diversity and inclusion important will manifest a future in which anything is possible!

Activities and Honors:

·      2019-2020 Dean’s Advisory Council on Diversity and Inclusion Member

·      The Voices at BGSU

·      Thompson Scholar

·      Schmidthorst CoB Dean’s Scholar

·      Music Production

·      Media Marketing

·      Member of Honors College

Work Experience:

·      BeatStars Campus Marketing Rep. / Oct-Present

·      Vector Marketing Cutco Sales Rep. / May 2020 – Aug. 2020

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Kate Greenwell

Email: katgree@bgsu.edu

Specialization(s): Marketing and Entrepreneurship

Graduation Date: May 2022

Hometown: Centerville, Ohio

Why I Joined DACODI: Diversity and Inclusion matter greatly to me, as I am a disabled individual, and I seek to create more inclusion and accessibility on BGSU’s campus. One of my favorite things to do is participate on D.R.E.A.M.’s panels and educate others about my disability, and about the disability community as a whole.

Activities and Honors:

·      2020-2021 Dean’s Advisory Council for Diversity and Inclusion Member

·      President of Disability Rights Education Advocation and Mentorship (D.R.E.A.M.)

·      Peer mentor for Mentor Collective=

Work Experience:

·      Campus Worker

·      Freelance Marketing and design work for small businesses

Lindsay

Lindsey Schneeg

Email: lschnee@bgsu.edu

Specialization(s): Finance and Accounting 

Graduation Date: December 2022

Hometown: Ottawa, Ohio

Why I Joined DACODI: Diversity and Inclusion matters to me because I feel it's important everyone feels accepted and like they belong here at BG. Nobody should feel disrespected for the aspects of themselves that they can't control. 

Activities and Honors:

·       2019-2021 Dean’s Advisory Council for Diversity and Inclusion

·       Member of the Honors College and Honors Learning Community

·       Schmidthorst College of Business Dean’s Scholar

·       Schmidthorst College of Business Peer Leader

·       Member of CHAARG

·       Member of Falcon Leadership Institute

·       Member of Women in Business Leadership

Work Experience:

·       YMCA Front Desk Associate

·       Art Me Ohio Face painter

·       Silgan Plastics Inspector

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Mariana González

Email: margonz@bgsu.edu

Specialization(s): International Business and Marketing

Graduation Date: May 2024

Hometown: Akron, Ohio

Why I Joined DACODI: Diversity and inclusion are extremely important to me because I believe that everyone should have equal opportunities, no matter their race, religion, ethnicity, etc. It allows different points of view to be considered and for more inclusive and rounded decisions to be made. Diversity and inclusion are important because they also create a more innovative and creative society that can positively change things like the economy, government, or very simple things such as the workplace.

Activities and Honors:

·      2020-2021 Dean’s Advisory Council for Diversity and Inclusion Member

·      Regular volunteer for an annual mission trip to Honduras to serve as a translator for medical brigades, since she is bilingual.

·      Drawing and Painting

·      Spending time with friends

·      Watching UEFA Champions League Games

·      Also enjoys walking through the Akron Metroparks

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Mya Richardson

Email: Myar@bgsu.edu

Specialization(s): Finance with a minor in Entrepreneurship

Graduation Date: May 2021

Hometown: Detroit, Michigan

Why I Joined DACODI: Diversity and inclusion is so important to me because I feel like it's an opportunity to be creative and innovative. Having diverse individuals in a setting also gives the opportunity to learn to respect and appreciate what makes others who they are. Being diverse proves a way to explore new things and possibly inspire others with some ideas. Overall, I do feel that it's very important to include diversity into things because it will open others eyes to things they probably never knew and inclusion as well because no matter the differences others should always include and treat everyone equally.

Activities and Honors:

·      2019-2021 Dean’s Advisory Council for Diversity and Inclusion Member

·      Black Student Union Member

·      Students of Color in Business Member

·      Melanin and Glitter Member

·      Pretty Brown Girls Member

·      Volunteer at the office of BGSU College of Democrats

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Rose Kandel

Email: rkandel@bgsu.edu

Specialization(s): Economics with a minor in Finance

Graduation Date: May 2021

Hometown: Kathmandu, Nepal

Why I Joined DACODI: Diversity and Inclusion is one of the most important aspects of modern society. To be successful in one’s professional environment, or even to be successful as a human being in general, it is very important to remain open minded and sensitive towards people of all races, ethnicities, cultural backgrounds, citizenships etc. To strive and become ethical in the workplace, or any environment, diversity and inclusion is essential. Having a diverse team helps an organization have multiple perspectives, ideas, and an even more creative space. It helps the fostering and nurturing of a very welcoming, innovative, and confident environment where respect, development, and success is created. Diversity and Inclusion is so important to me because working or being in a diverse environment means that I am learning, growing, and adhering to the modern society where globalization and diversification is advancing. As a business student and a future business professional, I aim to be working in an even more diverse area. I aspire to inspire others to develop mentally and professionally to be more inclusive; by welcoming all professionals, stakeholders, community members from different backgrounds. I would not be where I was today if diversity and inclusion were not implemented by the entities that are so important to my personal development. Therefore, this subject is very important to me.

Activities and Honors:

·      2020-2021 Dean’s Advisory Council for Diversity and Inclusion Member

Work Experience:

·      Banking and Finance Intern - NIC ASIA Bank`

·      Operations Management Intern – Compass Group

·      Management and Price Analyst Intern - Catawba Island Club