Dr. Katherine Stygles (she/her/hers)
Position: Director of Multicultural Affairs and LGBTQ+ Programs
About: Katie provides leadership and oversight of the Office of Multicultural Affairs and LGBTQ+ programs, including strategic direction setting, staff supervision, relationship-building, and department- and division-level assessment.
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 an Adjunct Faculty Member for the College Student Personnel Program. Outside the university, Katie is Past Chair of the ACPA (College Student Educators International) Coalition for Sexuality and Gender Identities (CSGI).
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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.
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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.
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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.
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.
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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.
Ana Brown (she/her/hers)
Position: Deputy Chief of Diversity, Belonging, and Multicultural Affairs
About: Ana Brown serves as the Deputy Chief of Diversity, Belonging, and Multicultural Affairs. Previous positions at the institution include Director of Multicultural Affairs, 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.
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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.
Sophia Stockham (she/her/hers)
Position: Lead OMA Ambassador
About: Sophia is the Lead Ambassador for the Office of Multicultural Affairs (OMAA). She serves in a facilitation and research role for Ambassador related programs and trainings. Sophia is currently pursuing her B.A. in Political Science and Communication with plans to graduate in May of 2022. She hopes to continue her education in graduate school with an emphasis on cross-cultural communication and politics. Other on-campus activities include serving as President of the International Relations Organization, a Learning Assistant for Weather and Climate, Hatch participant, and Starbucks regular. She is excited to continue her journey as an OMAA this year because of the community this program offers and the importance of topics relating to diversity, inclusion, and equity.
Kalin McCann (she/her/hers)
Position: OMA Ambassador
About: Kalin McCann is an undergraduate student studying inclusive early childhood education at Bowling Green State University. Within the campus community she serves on the executive board as vice president of fellowship for Multicultural Greek Council. She is also an active member of the service sorority Omega Phi Alpha and will be the active district officer for the 2021-2022 term within this organization. Additionally, she is a part of the early childhood organization and Pi Sigma Phi Honor Society. During academic breaks she also works with the youth of her hometown community at her local YMCA. Kalin is overjoyed to join the office of multicultural affairs and collaborate with the amazing staff and aspires to make impactful change, advocate, and raise awareness about important social issues to promote an equitable and inclusive environment for all.
Position: OMA Ambassador
About: Tony Lowe is an American Culture Studies major with a History minor. Tony worked as a workshop facilitator for an international Social and Emotional Learning nonprofit from 2008 until 2016. He has facilitated cross-cultural communications, corporate trainings, and advocated for universal human rights traveling to most of the USA and Canada, Holland, and Sweden. Prior to that he was the director of vocational and life skills training for the California Autism Foundation. When he is not reading and writing for school, he writes and performs original music. He is also a frequent guest on a popular music technology podcast (does anyone want to talk about mid-century electric instruments and the contexts that required them?).
Jasmine Ross (she/her/hers)
Position: OMA Ambassador
About: Jazz is an aspiring vocal music teacher from Michigan. She is currently BGSU’s club lacrosse team’s goalie and has a passion for peer education. She is bringing her experience from being her high school’s Gay-Straight Alliance president to help make Bowling Green State University’s community more culturally aware and inclusive. She is excited to learn new things and share them with her peers and surrounding community as an OMAA.
Maria Duffy (she/her/hers)
Position: OMA Ambassador
About: My name is Maria Duffy. My pronouns are she/her. I am a Communication major with a Women’s Studies minor. I plan to further my studies as a graduate student at BGSU, as well as adding another minor in Ethnic Studies, as a way to give me more opportunities in the field of Public Relations and diversity. My ambitions to make the world a more inclusive and less lonely place drew me to Office of Multicultural Affairs, as I felt accepted into the community the first time I stepped onto the campus. While at Bowling Green State University, I have participated in S.M.A.R.T., Sister to Sister, and Generation Falcon, all helping me grow in my passion of diversity and inclusion.
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 the 2021-2022 academic year, 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.
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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 second year student in the College Student Personnel program here at BGSU.
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Bryana "Bry" Miller (she/her/hers or they/them/theirs)
Position: Graduate Coordinator for Diversity Education and Multicultural Retention
About: Bry is seeking her Master’s Degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling with the hopes to someday cater towards the needs of underserved populations through non-profit work. Through this GA position, Bry is eager to educate others on the importance of Equity and Inclusion. They graduated from BGSU in 2020 with Bachelor’s Degrees in Music and Psychology, where she was also involved in the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) and the Social Justice Learning Community. During their time at BGSU, Bry became interested in voters’ rights and social justice topics, which lead her to become involved in local politics, election work, and activism. Outside of academia and volunteering, Bry loves to spend time metal detecting, and snuggling her beloved cat, Bo.
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Updated: 02/08/2022 08:52AM