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 personell across campus as resources for others.
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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.

  • An Equity Advocate should value and promote diversity, possess good listening and communication skills, and be available for training and commit to the position for at least one year.
  • This position provides a rich networking opportunity for faculty and staff, and is viewed as highly valuable service by the Provost and all Deans.
  • All full time employees (Tenure Track, Non Tenure Track, and Staff) are qualified to serve as Equity Advocates.

Equity Advocates are available to:

  • Talk with people about their equity concerns and experiences in an informal, non-judgmental setting
  • Promote the values of inclusion and diversity embodied in the President's Commission on the Status of University Women, the MSU Strategic Plan, and the ADVANCE Project TRACS.

Responsibilities may include:

  • Being accessible for people who may need a sympathetic ear to talk about experiences in an informal, non-judgmental setting—analogous to the “safe zone” members available to LGBTQ campus community.
  • Attending 1-2 faculty search committee orientation meetings with HR, if needed.
  • Helping departments with few women or minorities put together more diverse search and Promotion & Tenure committees and recruit and retain diverse faculty
  • Promote the values of inclusion and diversity embodied in the President’s Commission on the Status of University Women, MSU Strategic Plan, and the ADVANCE Project TRACS
  • Be informed on equity related policies, procedures, and resources on campus 

 

Give us your feedback:

Equity Advocate Assessment Feedback Form

 

Meet your Equity Advocates:

Adam Arlint
Montana Hall 211
Allison Banfield
629 Cobleigh Hall
Ann Bertagnolli
AJM Johnson 211
Patricia Catoira
Gaines 118C
Mary Cloninger
CHBCH 351
Lisa Davis
Wilson 2-212
Ada Giusti
Gaines 117B
Elizabeth Greenfield
338 Reid Hall
Sandra Halonen
Cooley Labs 215
Megan Higgs
Wilson 2-242
Carl Igo
230D Linfield
Andrea Litt
Lewis 303
Jeni Luft
Campus Stores
Kathy Osen
216 Roberts
Laura Stanley
302 Roberts
Denbigh Starkey
call to arrange meeting
Mike Wittie
EPS 361
David Weaver
Leon Johnson 412
Stephanie Wettstein
Cobleigh 328
Blake Wiedenheft
217 Cooley Labs
Bill Wyckoff
Traphagen 205
Laurel Yost
181 Howard Hall
 
 
 
 
 
 
Adam Arlint

Adam Arlint

Executive Assistant
Office of the President
Montana Hall 211
406-994-2341
aarlint@montana.edu

Adam Arlint serves in the Office of the President at MSU and previously served in the Office of the Dean of Students. Adam received his B.S. in Sociology in 2012 from MSU, and has worked in a variety of capacities related to issues of social justice, gender equity, and education. Adam participates in and supports the Safe Zone program at MSU in addition to his service as an Equity Advocate. He has volunteered with Men Stopping Rape & Students Against Sexual Assault, served as a Volunteer & Outreach Coordinator for the VOICE Center, and interned with the ACLU on LGBT advocacy. When Adam is not working, you can find him skiing, hiking, volunteering, and sporting his Blue & Gold. Go Cats!


Allison Banfield

Allison Banfield

System Administrator
Electrical & Computer Engineering
629 Cobleigh Hall
994-7915
abanfield@ece.montana.edu

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. 


Anne Bertagnolli

Ann Bertagnolli

Program Coordinator
Montana INBRE
AJM Johnson 211
994-5214
abertagnolli@montana.edu

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.


Patricia Catoira

Patricia Catoira

Associate Professor 
Modern Languages & Literatures
Gaines 118C
(406) 994-4447
pcatoira@montana.edu

Patricia Catoira is an Associate Professor of Latin American Studies in the deparment of Modern Languages and the Coordinator of the Latin American and Latino Studies program. She has published on issues of race, gender, and migration in Cuban literature. Her current research focuses on crime fiction in post-Cold War Central America.


Mary Cloninger

Mary Cloninger

Department Head & Professor
Chemistry & Biochemistry 
Chemistry/Biochemistry Bldg 351
994-3051
mcloninger@chemistry.montana.edu

Mary Cloninger is the Department Head and a professor in the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry. After receiving her H.S. at Texas Christian University she went on to get her Ph.D. at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Dr. Cloninger had two postdocs, one at the University of Wisconsin Enzyme Institute and one at the University of California-Irvine. Dr. Cloninger has received several awards and her research is based on key questions in chemical biology. How do cells "talk" to one another? What are the signaling mechanisms used to control cell functions? What processes mediate the adhesions and metastatic migrations of cancer cells? These complex natural processes can be studied by building and evaluating simpler model systems. The approach of Dr. Cloninger's research group is to synthesize synthetic multivalent frameworks for the study of cellular recognition events.

 

Lisa Davis

Lisa Davis

Associate Professor
Mathematical Sciences
Wilson 2-212
994-5347 
davis@math.montana.edu

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.


Ado Giusti

Ada Giusti

Professor
Modern Languages & Literatures
Gaines 117B
994-6442
agiusti@montana.edu

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).


Liz Greenfield 

Elizabeth Greenfield

Assistant Director
College of Business & Entrepreneurship
338 Reid Hall
994-4681
lgrant@montana.edu

Liz Greenfield is originally from Glastonbury, CT and spent 5 years working with Family and Graduate Housing. She was responsible for community development in the FGH community and supervised the Community Assistant Staff. She loves helping students achieve their academic goals and is now the Assistant Director in the Office of Student Services in the Jake Jabs College of Business and Entrepreneurship.

Sandra Halonen

Sandra Halonen

Assistant Professor
Microbiology
Cooley Labs 215
994-5351
shalonen@montana.edu

I am an assistant professor in Microbiology and my research is focused on, Toxoplasma gondii, a protozoan parasite that infects the brain. Infection with T. gondii is acquired from cats or ingestion of contaminated meat and causes a mild to asymptomatic infection, but results in a latent infection in the brain that persists for the lifetime of the individual. The latent infection is usually asymptomatic but can reactivate resulting in serious illness in immunosuppressed individuals such as AIDS patients.  Recent evidence also suggests the latent infection may have mild effects on human behavior and Toxoplasma infection has been suggested to be involved in development of Schizophrenia.   The main projects in my lab involve: 1) studying the immune response to Toxoplasma gondii in the central nervous system with an emphasis on astrocytes, the predominant host cell for the parasite in the brain and an important immune effector cell in the brain, 2) investigating the cyst stage in cells of the brain and understanding the underlying mechanisms involved in the persistence latent infection in the brain and 3) investigating a link between Toxoplasma infection in the brain and development of Schizophrenia. My lab uses a variety of techniques to investigate these host cell/parasite relationships including immunofluorescence, confocal and electron microscopy, GFP labeling and live cell imaging, and microarray and proteomic approaches. 

 
Megan Higgs

Megan Higgs

Assistant Professor
Mathematical Sciences
Wilson 2-242
994-5350
higgs@math.montana.edu

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.


Carl Igo

Carl Igo

Associate Professor
Agricultural Education 
230D Linfield
994-3693
cigo@montana.edu

Carl Igo came to Montana State from his native Texas in 2004 to assume the duties of lead teacher educator in the Division of Agricultural Education. After earning B.S. and M.S. degrees in Agricultural Education at Texas Tech University, he taught high school Agricultural Science and Technology for 11 years prior to completing his Ph.D. at Oklahoma State University. In addition to instructing and supervising teaching candidates, he teaches a variety of technical, pedagogy and service courses at both the undergraduate and graduate level. His teaching includes on-campus, hybrid and fully online courses. He is the primary academic advisor for all Agricultural Education - Broadfield Teaching majors. Igo conducts basic and applied research related to agricultural literacy, curriculum development and applications of personality/temperament on student success. To reinvigorate himself for teaching, research and service, he enjoys spending time with his family, his dogs and his garden.


Andrea Litt

Andrea R. Litt

Assistant Professor
Ecology
Lewis Hall 303
994-2332
andrea.litt@montana.edu

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

Jeni Luft

Materials & Purchasing Manager
Facilities Services
Campus Stores
994-5503 
jeni.luft@montana.edu

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.

Vicki Miller

Vicki Miller

Student Advisor
Film & Photography 
Visual Communications Bldg 202 
994-2484
vmiller@montana.edu

Vicki Miller has been a classified employee at MSU for over 30 years. She is the Academic Advisor and Certifying Officer in the School of Film and Photography. She has worked very closely with students and faculty and has served on several committees during her career at MSU.

Kathy Osen

Kathy Osen

Director of Administration & Finance 
Dean of Engineering
216 Roberts         
994-5780
kosen@coe.montana.edu

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

Laura Stanley

Assistant Professor
Mechanical & Industrial Engineering          
302 Roberts
994-1399
laura.stanley@coe.montana.edu

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.


Christine Stanton

Christine Rogers Stanton

Assistant Professor
Education
Reid Hall 141
994-1890
christine.rogers1@montana.edu

Christine Rogers Stanton is an Assistant Professor of Social Studies Education and Curriculum and Instruction in the Department of Education. Her main teaching and scholarly interests focus on social justice education and community centered participatory research. She has published works related to Indigenous epistemologies, multicultural education, participatory research methodologies, historical misrepresentations in curriculum, and place-based literacy to advance social, economic, and environmental justice. In addition to her professional duties, she enjoys international travel and outdoor pursuits.


Denbigh Starkey

Denbigh Starkey

Professor Emeritus
Computer Science
Call to arrange a meeting
586-7614 (home) 
570-4252 (cell)
denbigh.starkey@gmail.com

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. 

David Weaver

David Weaver

Associate Professor
Land Resources & Environmental Sciences
Leon Johnson 412
994-7608 
weaver@montana.edu

David Weaver received his undergraduate degree in chemistry from Dalhousie University (1984) in his native province of Nova Scotia and his doctorate in entomology from McGill University (1990). He has been employed by MSU for 2 decades, making the transition from non-tenure track to tenure track and is currently an Associate Professor in the Department of Land Resources and Environmental Sciences. He conducts basic and applied research on insect pests of wheat production, with a focus on problems impacting state growers; part of MSU's Land Grant mission. He teaches graduate level Insect Physiology as part of the MS in Entomology and also teaches a senior level course in Integrated Pest Management on campus and as a distance offering for the on-line MS in LRES. His research focus is to develop integrated pest management for large-scale wheat production that capitalizes on endemic natural enemies and the strategic use of host plant resistance. Recognizing Montana's role in feeding a growing global population while limiting environmental impacts is complicated, so preventing losses due to pests is an obvious target. David has been active in a number of roles in faculty governance during his career at MSU. 


Stephanie Wettstein

Stephanie Wettstein

Assistant Professor
Chemical & Biological Engineering
Cobleigh 312
994-5928 
stephanie.wettstein@coe.montana.edu

Stephanie Wettstein is an assistant professor in the Chemical and Biological Engineering department where her research focuses on catalysis and separations for improved energy production. She mentors graduate and undergraduate students in her lab and is the faculty advisor for the Society of Women Engineers (SWE). She enjoys hiking, canoeing, and travelling to her home state of Wisconsin to visit friends and family.


Blake Wiedenheft 

Blake Wiedenheft

Assistant Professor 
Immunology & Infectious Diseases   
217 Cooley Labs
994-5009
blake.wiedenheft@montana.edu

Blake Wiedenheft is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Microbiology and Immunology at Montana State University. A native of Fort Peck Montana, Wiedenheft received his undergraduate and graduate training at MSU. After spending five years at Univ. of Calif., Berkeley, Wiedenheft returned MSU to continue his research on understanding the role bacteria play in human health and how bacteria defend themselves from viral infections. 

Shannon Willoughby

Shannon Willoughby

Assistant Professor
Physics
EPS 224
994-1673
willoughby@physics.montana.edu

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.


Mike Wittie

Mike Wittie

Assistant Professor
Computer Science
EPS 361
994-3541
mike.wittie@cs.montana.edu 

Since Fall 2011, Mike Wittie is a RightNow Technologies Assistant Professor of Computer Science at Montana State University. He received his PhD in Computer Science from the Computer Science Department at the University of California, Santa Barbara, where he was advised by Professor Kevin Almeroth's and Professor Elizabeth Belding. Before joining UCSB Mike worked for Anzus Inc. in San Diego, who have since been acquired by Rockwell Collins. Before coming to San Diego, he graduated from the University of Pennsylvania with an MS in Computer Science and a BA in Cognitive Science, cum laude. In his spare time he enjoys coaching judo and teaching/dancing Argentine tango.


Bill Wyckoff

Bill Wyckoff

Professor
Earth Sciences
Traphagen 205
994-6914
bwyckoff@montana.edu

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.


Laurel Yost 

Laurel Yost

Associate Professor 
Music          
181 Howard Hall 
994-5954
lyost@montana.edu

Laurel Yost is an Associate Professor of Piano at Montana State University-Bozeman, and is currently completing a Doctorate of Musical Arts at the University of Iowa. She received her Master of Music degree from Colorado State University and was awarded the Certificate of Advanced Solo Studies from the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London, England. Ms. Yost also studied at Whitworth College. She is a Summa Cum Laude graduate of Colorado Women's College. An active teacher, Ms. Yost has taught at Colorado State University and Northeast Missouri State University. She won the University of Iowa Outstanding Graduate Teaching Award. Winner of several competitions, she has performed many solo and chamber recitals. She has been a featured soloist with many orchestras, including the Casper, Washington-Idaho, and Denver Symphonies. Ms. Yost is a member of the Camerata Trio, Beethoven Trio, Milhaud Trio, and Montana State University-Bozeman New Music Ensemble. 



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