About the Equity Advocate Program

The Equity Advocate Program at MSU is meant to enrich the network of resources that are available to MSU faculty and staff by recognizing the already committed and caring personnel across campus as resources for others.

Equity advocates serve the campus community by contributing to the institutional transformation of MSU by promoting and enhancing fairness, equality, and inclusiveness for all faculty and staff.

Learn more about the program.

 Past Equity Advocates are able to: 

  • Support colleagues who may reach out to them on a one on one basis
  • Assist their home departments when needed 
  • Serve on search or P&T committees when called upon

Meet the Past Equity Advocates:

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Allison Banfield 

System Administrator
Electrical & Computer Engineering
629 Cobleigh Hall

Allison Banfield currently serves as the System Administrator for Electrical Engineering and Civil Engineering in the College of Engineering. She has worked at Montana State University for 26 years. Allison is an 1995 alumni of MSU with a Master's degree in Computer Science. Allison is also the First Robotics Operational Partner for the state of Montana. This involves hosting a state wide Championship each year for First Lego League and First Tech Challenge. Middle School and High School teams from around the state compete in the tournament. 

Ann Bertagnolli

Program Coordinator
Montana INBRE
AJM Johnson 211

Ann Bertagnolli received her PhD in English from Ohio State University and has focused her career on teaching, administration, and evaluation of programs. While at Ohio State University, in the position of Program Review Administrator through the Office of the Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs, she coordinated program reviews among the departments, colleges, and upper administration and negotiated Memoranda of Understanding for key participants. She served as Chair of the Department of Languages and Literature at Carroll College (Helena MT) and Interim Director of the University Honors Program at Montana State University, and currently serves at the Program Coordinator for the MT INBRE program, where she has been for 12 years. She is experienced in developing networks and facilitating their continued growth and success and has been associated with the biomedical sciences, either through her administrative positions or work as an editor, for most of her career. In her current position, she also mentors faculty and students in developing research projects and programs.

Lisa Davis

Associate Professor
Mathematical Sciences
Wilson 2-212

Lisa Davis is an Associate Professor of Mathematics with research interests in the areas of numerical methods for solving partial differential equations, sensitivity analysis and mathematical modeling of biological and ecological processes. Her research has received national funding from the NSF, DEPSCoR and AFOSR. During her career at MSU, she has taught courses ranging from first year calculus to graduate level courses in numerical analysis and linear algebra. She enjoys directing PhD students and is also active in advising and mentoring students involved in undergraduate research programs such as the Undergraduate Scholars Program and Montana INBRE.

Diane Dorgan

Big Sky Pathways and Dual Enrollment Program Manager
Gallatin College 
Hamilton 128

Diane Dorgan is currently a Program Manager for Gallatin College and has been employed at MSU for over ten years. Diane oversees dual enrollment college coursework and career pathway advising for area high school students. Diane previously worked in the Office of Admissions where she providedadmissions counseling and comprehensive academic support to students and families in close collaboration with other MSU faculty and staff members. Diane earned a BA in English Literature and an MPA from MSU. Diane has been active in a variety of university governance and related organizations, having served asChair of Staff Senate with participation in University Council, MSU’s Personnel Board, Association of Shared Governance Leaders and previous service on the Outreach and Engagement and Academic Advising Councils. Outside of work, Diane enjoys reading, being entertained by her dog duo of Vinny & Zeus, travel, and all of the wonderful outdoor activities Montana has to offer.

Ada Giusti

Modern Languages & Literatures
Gaines 117B

Ada Giusti is Professor of French & Francophone Studies in the Department of Modern Languages & Literatures. She teaches courses that span the entire French curriculum. Her research interests include service learning, and Contemporary French Civilization (immigration, poverty, French NGOs).

Megan Higgs 

Assistant Professor
Mathematical Sciences
Wilson 2-242

Megan Higgs has been an Assistant Professor of Statistics in the Department of Mathematical Sciences since 2008. As a statistician, she values interdisciplinary work with other researchers and focuses on the application of statistical inference to ecological and environmental problems. She collaborates with fellow faculty members, federal and state agencies, and graduate students from various departments, and her teaching reaches students from around campus. She is an undergraduate alumni of Montana State University and is happy to again be part of the land grant institution of her home state.

Andrea R. Litt

Assistant Professor
Lewis Hall 303

Andrea Litt is an assistant professor in the Ecology Department and her primary research interests include quantifying responses of animals to human activities and disturbance and exploring the mechanisms of those responses to develop tools for restoration. She and her students strive to collect information that can be used to develop practical solutions to ecological problems and to guide policy and management.

Jeni Luft

Materials & Purchasing Manager
Facilities Services
Campus Stores

Jeni Luft is the Purchasing & Materials Manager for Facilities Services. She was raised in Havre, MT and graduated from MSU-Northern with a Bachelors degree in Business. Before coming to MSU Bozeman and accepting the position of Purchasing & Materials Manager at Facilities Services in 2012, she was the Bookstore Director at Montana Tech for 12 years. Currently she is on the MSU 2015 RMA APPA Annual Meeting Committee which will be hosting the meeting at Big Sky in 2015. Jen enjoys traveling, gardening and spending time with family & friends.

Victoria Miller

Student Advisor

School of Film & Photography

Visual Communications Building 202



Kathy Osen

Director of Administration & Finance 
Dean of Engineering
Roberts 216         

Kathy Osen currently serves as the Director of Administration & Finance for the College of Engineering and has been employed with the University for the past 30 years, previously holding administrative positions in the College of Nursing and serving as the director of MSU Mail Services. Kathy is also an alumna of the University, receiving her bachelor's degree in business in 1984 and her MPA in 2000.

Laura Stanley

Assistant Professor
Mechanical & Industrial Engineering          
302 Roberts

Laura Stanley, received her B.S. in Industrial & Systems Engineering from Virginia Tech and her M.S. and Ph.D. from Montana State University in Industrial Engineering. Her research interests include human factors in transportation safety, biomechanics, sustainability, and engineering education. She mentors graduate and undergraduate students in her human factors engineering lab and is a strong proponent for the undergraduate research experience via MSU's Undergraduate Scholars Program, McNair Scholars Program, and the National Science Foundation Research Experience for Undergraduates Program. Additionally, she is a strong proponent for the recruitment and retention of women and minorities in engineering. She enjoys skiing, mountain biking, fly fishing, photography, restoring vintage motorcycles, and traveling.

Denbigh Starkey

Professor Emeritus
Computer Science
Call to arrange a meeting
586-7614 (home) 
570-4252 (cell)

Denbigh Starkey received his BA at Merton College and his Ph.D. at the University of Pennsylvania before coming to MSU to teach in Computer Science. His academic interests include computer graphics and scientific visualization. Though now retired, Dr. Starkey stays involved at MSU and continues to be an avid outdoorsman. He loves fishing and skiing and backpacking in the State's beautiful National Parks. 

Shannon Willoughby

Assistant Professor
EPS 224

Shannon Willoughby has been doing Physics and Astronomy Education Research at MSU for 8 years. In addition to teaching Mysteries of the Sky and lower level Physics courses, she also enjoys hiking, biking, fishing and camping with her family.

Bill Wyckoff

Earth Sciences
Traphagen 205

A native Californian, William Wyckoff received his masters (1979) and doctoral (1982) degrees in geography from Syracuse University. Wyckoff has taught in the Department of Earth Sciences at Montana State University-Bozeman since 1986, and his research interests continue to be in the historical and cultural geography of the American West. Wyckoff has published The Developer's Frontier: The Making of the Western New York Landscape (Yale, 1988), The Mountainous West: Explorations in Historical Geography (Nebraska, 1995), Creating Colorado: The Making of a Western American Landscape, 1860-1940 (Yale, 1999), and On the Road Again: Montana's Changing Landscape (University of Washington Press, 2006). He also coauthors Diversity Amid Globalization: World Regions, Environment, Development, an award-winning world regional geography textbook.