Meet the Staff
Ariel Donohue - DirectorAriel is the Director of the Diversity Awareness Office at Montana State University, managing the office’s various programs, events, and initiatives. Originally from New York State, Ariel earned Bachelor’s degrees in Elementary Education and Women’s and Gender Studies from The College of New Jersey and is a graduate of Montana State University’s Master’s in Adult and Higher Education program. She has worked at MSU since 2009, previously having worked in the Office for Community Involvement and the Office of Activities and Engagement. Ariel is passionate about creating inclusive communities, supporting students, and promoting and embracing diversity in all forms.
Terry Bradley - Student Associate
Terry is a senior at Montana State University majoring in Elementary Education, with an emphasis in science. From Huntley, MT, Terry feels he was born a Bozemanite and loves everything Bozeman has to offer. Terry spends his time working with children during summer schools programs and tutoring programs. Working in the Diversity Awareness Office has opened up many opportunities for Terry to experience the vast types of people here on campus and in Bozeman. Terry encourages the coming together of peoples of many backgrounds. He feels diversity of many forms is to be celebrated.
Ryan Erickson - Graduate Assistant LGBTQ Student Support
Ryan Erickson is the Graduate Assistant for LGBTQ Student Support in the Diversity Awareness Office. He plans events such as Coming Out Day and Lavender Celebration, he manages the LGBTQ Mentors Program, and supports established programs such as Safe Zone. He is working on his Master’s Degree in the department of Adult and Higher Education with a focus on higher education administration. Ryan received his Bachelor’s Degree in psychology from Montana State University and looks forward to continuing to support his alma mater. Having lived in Montana for nearly all of the past 11 years, Ryan is focusing his efforts in this position on making students, especially LGBTQ students, feel welcome and safe on campus.
Jerico Cummings - Sustained Dialogue Student Coordinator
Jerico is a second-year student at Montana State majoring in Biological Sciences with a minor in Native American Studies. He was born and raised in the Black Hills of South Dakota. Jerico strives to listen deeply and to be changed by what he hears through awareness and education of social justice and environmental issues. Together we can make a positive change.
Annie Venters - Sustained Dialogue Student Coordinator
Annie grew up on the shores of Flathead Lake, and spends most of her days dreaming of sleep, cuddling with her dog, and drinking coffee. She passionately studies Community Health and Women's and Gender Studies. In 2014 she stumbled her way into the Diversity Awareness Office, the Writing Center, and the VOICE Center -- since then she hasn't been able to leave. She strongly believes in mutual respect across differences, and is working to create a community more inclusive for diverse experiences.