Staff

PJ Diamond

PJ Diamond

Program Manager

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Originally from Pennsylvania, PJ has joined the MSU community after living and working in Japan for three years. During that time, she developed and implemented initiatives to advance the understanding of diversity and inclusion among adult students. PJ has extensive experience in building relationships, facilitating conversations and working with people from all over the world. From a young age, she has enjoyed learning about other humans and their cultures; and with her ability to speak multiple languages, she has crossed the many barriers that can exist in communicating with and learning from others. PJ is a motivated education professional committed to providing student-centered learning spaces for all students. While earning a Masters in Comparative and International Education Policy at the University of Pittsburgh, she focused her studies on the actions and programs needed to build multicultural understandings and competencies in higher education settings. As Program Manager of the DISC, PJ is ecstatic to contribute to the University’s ambitious efforts to provide an inclusive and equitable environment for all students.
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Mitchell Meyer

Graduate Assistant

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Mitchell was born and raised in Montana, and he graduated from high school in Billings in 2016. Last spring, he earned his Bachelors in Psychology and is currently working on his Masters in School Counseling. He has been a part of many programs through the DISC such as Safe Zone training, the Common Ground retreat, and has been both a mentee and a mentor with the LGBTQ+ Mentorship program. Throughout his MSU career, he has been involved in the Queer Straight Alliance and served in leadership as the QSA Representative for ASMSU. He has also worked in the Office of Admissions as a Summer Orientation Leader, a tour guide, and an AdvoCat. He wants to express that he is “so happy to have the opportunity to work with some of the most fantastic offices on campus and continue and develop the wonderful LGBTQ+ programs we have at MSU!"

Lyla Brown

Lyla Brown

Student Coordinator

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Lyla Brown is a fourth-year student studying Sociology with a focus on Criminology with minors in Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies as well as Psychology. She is passionate about all students feeling like Montana State is a welcoming environment for everyone that attends. Her involvement with Sustained Dialogue began at the 2017 Common Ground Retreat, and she has been involved as a moderator ever since. Now, Lyla is excited to serve as a co-program coordinator for Sustained Dialogue!

Hannah Crooks

Hannah Crooks

Student Coordinator

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Hannah is a second-year undergraduate student from Hampton Falls, New Hampshire. In her first year of college, she volunteered at the Diversity and Inclusion Student Commons (DISC) as a Diversity and Inclusion Ambassador (DIA) as well as a co-moderator for a spring Sustained Dialogue group. This year, she is extremely excited to be working as a Student Coordinator with the DISC! Her main areas of focus are the DIA program and supporting students with differing ability statuses. Outside of the office, she enjoys playing her five instruments, spending time in the chemistry lab, and working with Alzheimer’s patients.

Diversity Inclusion Ambassadors 2019-20 (DIAs)

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Jerico Cummings

DIAs Volunteer Coordinator
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Jerico is a senior from South Dakota studying sociology and Native American studies. He's been involved with the DISC for four years now, and currently serves as the Program Director of Diversity and Inclusion in the Office of Student Engagement. Outside of school and work, Jerico enjoys getting outside, hanging out with his friends, and researching Indigenous Queer Theory.

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Jacqui Burgara

DIA

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Hello! My name is Jacqueline, but everyone calls me Jacqui. I am a fourth-year student and I will be graduating in the summer with a double major in Applied Psychology and Latin American & Latino Studies along with minors in Statistics, Global Health, and Hispanic Studies. I love working within the disparities of my own culture and providing allyship to others in the diverse but often hidden populations of our beautiful university. I am not the kind of person to outwardly state my identities, but in this case they are important to your experience. I am a first-generation Mexican American, I am white-passing but my family is not, and I am bisexual. If you would like to learn more about the organizations I am a part of, diversity work on campus, allyship, rant about inequalities, or even just have a conversation about anything (my favorite topics include cute animals and food), come visit me and the other DIAs at the DISC! A fun fact about me is that I sang in the Vatican and across Italy in 2015. I don’t sing as much anymore mostly due to all my other responsibilities, but I do miss it.

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Hannah Crooks

DIA and Sustained Dialogue Moderator

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Hannah is a first year student at MSU. She graduated high school in 2019 from Winnacunnet High School in Hampton, NH. Hannah is super passionate about health care and creating access for all. Hannah hopes to bring awareness to LGBT+ and disabled students here on campus. She is involved on campus with the Queer Straight Alliance (QSA) and with the Out In Science Technology Engineering and Mathematics (oSTEM) career group. She is also involved in the University Band. Hannah got involved with the DISC after taking a training in Sustained Dialogue. She is super excited to join the team!

 

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Annie Ferguson 

DIA

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Hi! My name is Annie Ferguson, I’m from Snohomish, WA and I am a sophomore studying Microbiology Environmental Health with a minor in Global Health and I am on the pre-med track! I love group hugs and eating snacks!! I am currently in Alpha Omicron Pi, I am a CAP mentor, involved with the Befrienders program, and work as an in-home caregiver!

 

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Brianna Fields

DIA

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Hey all! My name is Brianna Fields and I’m a senior here at MSU! I’m majoring in Agriculture Education with a focus in Communications, and minoring in English Writing. My hometown is Spokane, WA, but I went to school in a small town called Medical Lake, WA. I work for the Office of Student Engagement and for the Bobcat Ticket Office in the Brick Breeden Fieldhouse. I’m also an Orientation Leader on campus!

  

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Vinnie Frias

DIA

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Hello there, I'm Vinnie! I am excited to be a Diversity and Inclusion Ambassador to help make MSU a warm and welcoming campus for all. I have a passion for exploring museums and working with kids!

  

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Marquayvion Hughes

DIA
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Marquayvion is a first year student currently undeclared but leaning towards Political sciences. He graduated from Davenport Central high school. Marquayvion is very passionate about making everyone feel like no matter where they are they can find a home anywhere. He is also very active on campus,. Marquayvion is on his residence hall council, He is also a Hall council senator, along with being a Community rep for his wing. Marquayvion is a member of the Spirit of the west marching band he is the only male Color Guard member on the field.  He is excited to be an ambassador so he can help people learn more about diversity and including everyone no matter what makes them different. Some fun facts about Marquayvion: he has performed in the Lucas oil stadium 4 times and the St. Louis dome twice. He also done Seven seasons of Color Guard and wants to start his own law firm in the future.

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Melisa Mittens

DIA
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Hello my name is Melisa Mittens (Mah-Lee-Suh). I am 19 years old with a major in Philosophy and plan on going to law school in the future. I’m from the Blackfeet Reservation and proud. I’m shy and might look mean but when you get to know me, I won’t stop talking. I always put other people first in my life. A fun fact about me is that I have never had Chipotle.

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Riley Nielson

DIA

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Hi! My name is Riley Nielsen and I am currently a sophomore studying Accounting here at MSU. I grew up in Missoula, MT and love to be outside! I take school very seriously and love emerging myself in as many organizations as I can. I am always free to talk, so don't hesitate to ask. A fun fact about me is that my mom was born on Oahu, Hawaii and we love to visit as my grandpa still lives on the island!

  

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Mayuri Singh 

DIA and Sustained Dialogue Moderator

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Hi! I am Mayuri and I am an undergraduate double majoring in Chemical and Biological Engineering with a minor in Biomedical engineering. I am international student from India and work with the Honors College as a student coordinator! A fun fact about me is that I love Korean food and culture and in my free time you’ll find me binging on Korean shows.

  

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Julie Tripp 

DIA

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Hi, my name is Julie Tripp and I am so excited to be a DIA this year! I am a senior studying Economics and Finance and I am working this year as the ASMSU Business Manager in the Office of Student Engagement. I have also served on QSA leadership for the past two years. I have a passion for diversity and inclusion on our campus and in our community, so I am so happy that I get to be a part of the D&I Ambassador program!

  

Open Positons: 

We are currently updating our new cohort of Diversity and Inclusion Ambassadors for the 2020-21 school year. Stay tuned to see who is working with the DISC. As always, feel free to contact diversity@montana.edu with any questions.