Meet the Staff

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Sheila Brown

Position: Interim Administrator-in-Charge and Director of the Office of Multicultural Affairs
Email: stbrown@bgsu.edu

Sheila Brown is the Interim Administrator in Charge and Director of Multicultural Affairs. In this role she provides leadership for all multicultural, diversity education and retention initiatives. In addition, she provides supervision and support for the BGSU TRIO programs and Project Search. She is active on several University and community committees/councils, such as the President’s Advisory Council for Diversity and Inclusion (PACODI), the City of Bowling Green Human Relations Commission and the Student Success Council. Sheila’s passion is working with students. She has coordinated and directed a variety of programs that celebrate diverse cultures such as Kwanzaa, the MLK Jr. Spoken Word, Songs and Theater event, Together We Ball, the Latino Arts Extravaganza and the Multicultural Dinner Theater. In addition, she has served as advisor to several student organizations over the past 19 years. Currently, she advises Queens of Color and Element Dance Team and serves as a liaison to the Black Student Union, the Multi-faith Alliance and the NPHC. She also teaches group fitness classes at the BGSU Recreation Center and in the community. She has been recognized for her work on many occasions during her tenure, but she is most proud of receiving the Division of Student Affairs’ Advisor of the Year Award, the Bowling Green Human Relations Commissions’ Miguel Ornelas Award and the BGSU Administrative Staff Councils’ most distinguished honor, the Michael R. Ferrari Award. She holds a B.S. in Biology from East Central University, a M.S. in Audiology from OU Health Sciences Center and a M.Ed. in Health, Physical Education and Recreation from Bowling Green State University.  

In addition to her office duties, she also teaches group fitness classes at the BGSU Recreation Center. She has been recognized for her work on many occasions during her 17 year tenure, but she is most proud of receiving the Division of Student Affairs’ Advisor of the Year Award, the BGSU Human Relations Commissions’ Miguel Ornelas Award and the Administrative Staff Councils’ most distinguished honor, the Michael R. Ferrari Award. 

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Yolanda Flores

Position: Administrative Assistant
Email: yflores@bgsu.edu

Yolanda Flores serves as the Administrative Assistant and supervisor for the Office of Multicultural Affairs. She monitors all program budgets and oversees the operation of the department. In addition, she is the Greek Faculty Chapter Advisor for Sigma Lambda Gamma Sorority and Sigma Lambda Beta Fraternity. One the many responsibilities of advising these groups is assisting students in the planning of upcoming cultural diversity and academic events. 

She was inducted into the Order of Omega honoring Greek Leaders and awarded the Favorite Professor/Mentor Award. She serves as BGSU representative for the Diamante Planning Committee, Classified Council and Not In Our Town. She awarded the Dr. Miguel Ornelas Human Relations Award for enhancing positive human relations at BGSU.

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Connie Weaver

Position: Coordinator for Retention Initiatives
Email: conniew@bgsu.edu

Connie Weaver is Coodinator of Retention Initiatives. She provides leadership for the Falcon Success Initiative. FSI is designed to enhance the social integration, peristence, retention, engagement and overall success of diverse first-year students. Evening of Champions 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. Connie welcomes new students to campus during Student Orientation and Registration.

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.

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Dr. Katherine Stygles

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

Katie is the Assistant Director for Diversity Education and Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer (LGBTQ+) Programs at Bowling Green State University (BGSU). Katie oversees the Ethnic Student Center, LGBTQ+ Resource Center, Office of Multicultural Affairs Ambassadors, and the Multicultural Summer Link.  Katie’s prior experience is 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 Director of Research.

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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Adrienna Hutchins

Adrienna is a Graduate Assistant for the Office of Multicultural Affairs at Bowling Green State University (BGSU).  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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Trinidad Linares

Trinidad Linares graduated from Rutgers College with a BA in Biology and English. Her work has been published in Bitch, Meridians, and P&T. She has presented at Ithaca College, Rowan University, and Rutgers University-Camden conferences. Her artwork has been exhibited at the Toledo Museum of Art and the Detroit Institute of Art. She is currently working on her MA for the Department of Popular Culture and as Graduate Assistant Coordinator for Special Programs at the Office of Multicultural Affairs at Bowling Green State University.