The BGSU Office of Multicultural Affairs is committed to providing advocacy, support, and education in pursuit of a more equitable and socially just University and community.
The BGSU Office of Multicultural Affairs envisions an intentional, equitable, and inclusive campus community where all experience mattering and belonging, particularly those marginalized due to their race, ethnicity, culture, gender identity, gender expression, sexuality, and/or sexual orientation.
(As Schlossberg posited, “Marginality is at one pole, mattering at the other” [1989, p. 6]).
Schlossberg, N. K. (1989). Marginality and mattering: Key issues in building community. In New Directions for Student Services, 48.
Ana Brown (she/her/hers)
Position: Director of the Office of Multicultural Affairs
About: Ana Brown serves as the Director for the Office of Multicultural Affairs. Previous positions at the institution include the Coordinator for Diversity and Retention Initiatives for the Office of Residence Life (ten years) and the Assistant Director for the Sidney A. Ribeau President’s Leadership Academy (ten years). Ana has completed the Social Justice Training Institute and Federal Mediation Facilitator Training, is a facilitator for Safe Zone, True Colors™, and the National Coalition Building Institute, and has presented numerous workshops on a wide variety of leadership, diversity, and inclusion topics throughout the Northwest Ohio region. She is a Northwest Ohio native; she received her B.A. in Music and B.S. in Molecular Genetics from The Ohio State University and her M.Ed. in Learning Design from BGSU.
Shevonne Nelson Dillingham (she/her/hers or they/them/theirs)
Position: Assistant Director for Diversity Education and Resource Centers
About: 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. Her 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.
Toni Gordon (she/her/hers)
Position: Assistant Director for Diversity Education and Retention Initiatives
About: Tonisha “Toni” Gordon is the Assistant Director for Diversity Education and Retention Initiatives in the Office of Multicultural Affairs. In this role, Toni is a vessel to help educate others about diversity, social justice and inclusion on BG’s campus. Areas of this educational training that she has done are Power and Privilege, Intersectionality, and Equity and Inclusion in the setting of Higher Education. Toni is also the instructor and facilitator for the Multicultural Summer Link program which connects students of color to campus sooner in an enriched programmatic environment. Students in this program then move into a 16 week program called the UNIV 1510 that Toni is the instructor for as well. In connection to her daily tasks, Toni is an advisor for the Black Graduate Student Organization as well as a member of the Strong Start to Finish Committee which works to look at closing the achievement gaps between marginalized students and students of the majority. She received her BA in Psychology from Hope College and her MSEd in Higher Education Administration from the University of Pennsylvania.
Toni started in Student Affairs in Residential Education in 2010, ranging from Southern institutions and coming to Midwestern institutions. Understanding these varieties of student populations and also advocating for students in marginalized areas solidified her passion in social justice works. Toni has always looked at the world through a social justice lens and that has also influenced the community service work that she has done in the past with the YWCA and with her Sorority, Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc.
Dr. Katherine Stygles (she/her/hers)
Position: Associate Director
About: 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.” Katie also serves as a Title IX Deputy Coordinator and Interim Program Coordinator and Faculty Member for the College Student Personnel Program. Outside the university, Katie is Chair of the ACPA (College Student Educators International) Coalition for Sexuality and Gender Identities (CSGI).
Connie Weaver (she/her/hers)
Position: Coordinator for Cultural Programs
About: Connie Weaver provides leadership for cultural heritage programming, which is designed to enhance the social integration, persistence, retention, engagement and overall success of diverse students. Connie welcomes new students to campus during Student Orientation and Registration.
Connie oversees events such as evening of Champions, which is held annually during Family Weekend to honor multicultural students' academic success. She coordinates our Summer Visit Days, Preview Days, President's Day, Falcon Fridays, Guidance Counselor Day, Honors College Day and Transfer & Community College Days.
Prior to joining our department, she worked in BGSU's Technology Resource Center and within the Office of Student Financial Aid. Latino Student Union awarded Connie the Magda Morales Award (2004). She received a community service award "for promoting positive relationships within the BGSU community" in 2011. As department representative for Family Campaign, Multicultural Affairs has reached 100% participation. She is a member of the University Academic Support Council, Student Affairs Advisory Board, State of the State Planning Committee and manages departmental scholarships. She serves as advisor for Exceptional Intellectual Ladies a campus organization that works with the Boys & Girls Club of Toledo and is the liaison to Latino Student Union. Connie holds a Bachelor of Science in Education and a Bachelor of Arts from Bowling Green State University.
Gray Strain (they/them/theirs)
Position: Assistant Director for Diversity and Belonging
About: Gray serves 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.
The Office of Multicultural Affairs Ambassadors (OMAAs) are paraprofessional undergraduate student employees who support and facilitate the mission of the Office of Multicultural Affairs (OMA). These student leaders represent the OMA across campus in various capacities (e.g., workshops, programs, presentations, outreach) empowering their peers and the community to engage with topics of cultural awareness, diversity, and inclusion in a collective effort to create a welcoming, socially just, and inclusive campus community.
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Nina Barudzic (she/her/hers)
Position: Graduate Assistant for the Office of Multicultural Affairs
About: Nina Barudzic is the Graduate Student at the Office of Multicultural Affairs. Her duties include advising students who are a part of the Falcon Student Initiative program (FSI). She also works to coordinate the summer bridge program, The Multicultural Summer Link, which connects students of color to campus. Once the summer bridge program is complete, Nina teaches the UNIV 1510 two credit course on Multicultural Success. Aside from working at the OMA, Nina is also a Ph.D. student at Higher Education and Student Affairs department. She hopes to graduate in May, 2021. when she will continue her role as a faculty member. Nina got her B.A. in journalism and her M.A. in communication studies from the University of South Dakota (USD). She spent her time as an undergrad student working as an intern at the marketing department and playing tennis for USD. During her master’s program, she worked as a graduate teaching assistant where she taught Speech 101. After completing her degree, Nina worked as a full time instructor at both the University of South Dakota and Western Iowa Tech Community College. Currently, Nina serves as the VP for Equity and Diversity in SDA (Student Development Association). She loves to travel, spend time with her family & friends, and work with students, helping them to be uniquely themselves.
Shayauna Newsom (she/her/hers or they/them/their)
Position: Graduate Assistant for LGBTQ+ Programs
About: 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.