About

Mission:
Developing culturally competent global citizens.

Vision:
The Office of Multicultural Affairs promotes, facilitates, and advocates for a welcoming, socially just and inclusive campus community by supporting the retention of diverse student populations and providing diversity education and multicultural programs for students, faculty, staff and the surrounding community.

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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.
Email: acbrown@bgsu.edu

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Jaclyn Court (she/her/hers)

Position: Administrative Assistant
About: Jaclyn manages the OMA office, and is the liaison between Director, staff, other University departments/offices and the general public. In addition, she supervises the office's student staff and student leaders, along with assisting on the oversight of the budget. Jaclyn recently came from the University of Maryland where she oversaw the recreation facility, TerpZone, in the Adele H. Stamp Student Union. Jaclyn's undergraduate degree is in marketing from Post University in Waterbury, Connecticut and her master's degree is in Business Administration from Post University as well.

Email: courtj@bgsu.edu

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Shevonne Nelson Dillingham (she/her/hers or they/them/their)

Position: Assistant Director for Diversity Education and LGBTQ+ Programs
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 mullticultural 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.
Email: sndill@bgsu.edu

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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.
Email: tgordo@bgsu.edu

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. 

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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.” Outside the university, Katie is on the ACPA (College Student Educators International) Coalition for LGBT Awareness (CLGBTA) as the Chair Elect.
Email: kstygle@bgsu.edu

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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.
Email: conniew@bgsu.edu

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.

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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Caitlin Dorfmeyer
Sophomore
Apparel Merch. & Product Development

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Jenai Patrick
Junior
Philosophy, Politics, Economics, and Law (PPEL)

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Marriyam Ibrahim
Junior
Social Work

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Mason Trinh
Sophomore
Psychology

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Juan Moreno
Junior
Business Management

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Nina Barudzic (she/her/hers)

Position: Graduate Assistant for the Office of Multicultural Affairs
About: Adrienna is currently in the second year of the BGSU College Student Personnel master's program. She works primarily with the Multicultural Student Centerm, especially with Sister-to-Sister, and Office of Multicultural Affairs Ambassadors. Adrienna's undergraduate degree (2014) is in Political Science from BGSU and her Master's (2017) is in Legal Studies from the University of Toledo. Outside the university, Adrienna enjoys traveling abroad and reading.

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Allie Hicks (they/them/their)

Position: Graduate Assistant for the Office of Multicultural Affairs
About: Allie is a Graduate Student in the Office of Multicultural Affairs. They advise the Queer/Trans Student Union and help coordinate campus and community events such as Big Gay Welcome, Transgender Day of Remembrance, Lavender Graduation, and more. Allie is also a Safe Zone facilitator on campus. They received their Bachelor of Arts degree in Communication from BGSU in 2018 and will graduate with their Master's in College Student Personnel in Spring of 2020.

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Paul Mendez (he/him/his)

Position: Graduate Assistant for the Office of Multicultural Affairs
About: Paul Mendez is a Graduate Assistant in the Office of Multicultural Affairs from McAllen, TX and oversees the OMA Ambassadors in their efforts in providing diversity education across campus. Paul is a second year in the College Student Personnel Graduate Program here at BGSU. His undergraduate degree (2018) is in Psychology and hopes to graduate with his Master’s in the spring of 2020. Aside from his roles in OMA, Paul also works part time in the Office of Admissions as the advisor of the Multicultural Recruitment Team and is an instructor for first year students in the Firelands Pathway Program.