Meet the Staff and Employment Opportunities
Barbara do Amaral
Barbara's commitment to empowering underrepresented groups shapes her core values and who she is as a student and educator: a love for learning, problem-solving, professionalism, and collaboration. Barbara hopes to impart her vision of equity with compassion and understanding while serving as the Managing Director of the DISC. Barbara is ready and excited to share her experience, collaborative nature, and natural facilitator skills to help advance inclusive and equitable environments for our students at Montana State University.
With degrees in literature, education and leadership, Maggie has served kindergarten through college students in a rich array of communities and educational settings from New York to Montana. Always an English teacher at heart, she has worked most recently as a high school leader in the New York City public schools, an educator and clerk at the Springhill rural school in Gallatin County, and as a Success Advisor with the Allen Yarnell Center for Student Success at Montana State University.
Maggie is passionate about seeing students for who they are, learning their stories, and helping balance the expectations of our world with their own individual human experience. With strengths in compassionate conversations, empowering self-advocacy, and fostering learning, Maggie is excited to join the ongoing work building respect and engagement for all students at Montana State University.
Diversity & Inclusion Ambassadors (DIAs) 2022-23
The DIAscomplete a variety of tasks to support the mission of the Diversity and Inclusion Students Commons (DISC), which is to increase understanding, promote inclusion, and inspire critical thinking about diversity. These studentsvolunteer 5 hours a week which consists of table events, meeting with current and prospective students, attending weekly staff meetings, exploring identity via training opportunities and keeping the office staffed throughout the workday.
Barla is a sophomore majoring in Cell Biology/Neuroscience and minors in Global Health and Latin Studies/Spanish. She grew up in Red Lodge, Montana, and is half-Brazilian and bilingual in Portuguese! Barla is commited to diversity and inclusion work and is pumped to be a DIA again this year! Barla's passion is for all types of dance including ballet and latin jazz. She also loves to sing and spend time with her friends.
ASMSU Diversity and Inclusion Director