The Role of Family Advocates

Family Advocates help parents and other family members navigate the university system and learn about the policies and programs available at MSU to meet their individual and family needs, and serve as a “first stop” for faculty, students and staff to receive support and information regarding who to contact with questions about:

  • Arranging leave for childbirth or adoption, or to care for a sick child, partner or elder
  • The Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA)
  • Breastfeeding and pumping on campus
  • The Family Care Rooms
  • Childcare on campus, around town and in Gallatin Valley
  • Title IX protections for pregnant or parenting students
Contact Information

Sara Rushing: Associate Professor of Political Science, 2-140 Wilson Hall
406-994-5165, [email protected]

Bridget Kevane: Professor of Spanish, 2-265 Wilson Hall
406-994-6446, [email protected]

Michelle Miley: Professor of English,  1-114 Wilson Hall
406-994-6770, [email protected]

Darcy Tickner: HR Work-Life Specialist
406-994-2629, [email protected]

Megan Young: Student Family Support
406-994-7627, [email protected]

Office of the Provost and Family Advocacy

Note: Sara Rushing, Bridget Kevane, and Michelle Miley can meet with faculty job candidates to confidentially answer work-life questions and can help in understanding work-life policies on campus as well as other options for MSU faculty