Resource Center Staff
Shevonne Nelson Dillingham
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Shevonne provides leadership for the Multicultural Student Center, LGBTQ+ Resource Center, and OMA Ambassadors (peer diversity education program). Additionally, she facilitates diversity education programming for classes and student organizations and provides consultation for campus multicultural and LGBTQ+ issues upon request. Shevonne advises H.U.E. (Honoring, Urging, and Empowering Queer and Trans People of Color) and co-advises Black Student Union. Their undergraduate degree is in communication, family studies, and fashion merchandising from Weber State University and her master's is in College Student Personnel from Bowling Green State University. Their previous experience includes multicultural recruitment, student activities, campus recreation, and multicultural and LGBTQ+ leadership.
Gray Strain is the Assistant Director for Diversity and Belonging, serving half-time in the Office of Multicultural Affairs in support of diversity education and LGBTQ+ programming. They advise the transgender support group, transcendence, and co-advise the LGBTQ+ undergraduate student organization, Queer/Trans Student Union. Gray also co-facilitates the LGBTQ+ support group, OUT(?) Falcons, with the Counseling Center. They received their BA in Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies from Bowling Green State University, and their MA in Gender & Cultural Studies from Simmons University in Boston, MA, with a research focus on transgender identity creation in video game and new media spaces.
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Shayauna Newsom (she/they) is the Graduate Assistant for the Office of Multicultural Affairs for LGBTQ+ Programs. She co-advises the Queer/Trans Student Union (QTSU) and Honoring, Urging, and Empowering Queer and Trans People of Color (HUE). They assist in coordination and implementation of campus and community events. She also facilitates Safe Zone workshops on campus. Shayauna received her Bachelor of Arts from the University of Mount Union in 2020. Their major was English, with minors in Adolescent to Young Adult Education and Gender Studies. Shayauna is a first year student in the College Student Personnel program here at BGSU.
Dr. Katie Stygles
Katie provides leadership for LGBTQ+ Programs, retention initiatives, and assessment within the Office of Multicultural Affairs. She has prior experience in HIV prevention education, volunteer coordination, and other non-profit work, research, and co-curricular community and civic engagement.
Katie's undergraduate degree is in music from Xavier University in Cincinnati, Ohio and her master's degree is in Counseling from Spring Arbor University in Michigan. Her Ph.D. is from BGSU in Higher Education Administration, with a cognate in social justice issues in higher education. Her dissertation is titled, "Queering academia: Queer faculty mothers and work-family enrichment."
Outside the university, Katie is Chair of the ACPA (College Student Educators International) Coalition for Sexuality and Gender Identities (CSGI).