Meet the Staff and Employment Opportunities
Barbara do Amaral
Barbara is originally from the Azores. She was raised as a bilingual, speaking Portuguese and English since the early age of five. Barbara has been part of the Bozeman community for nearly thirty years and is proud to call herself a Bobcat. A lifelong learner, she received her education at Kent State University with a Master's in Translation (French-English), a Bachelor's in French Literature from Montana State University, and a B.S. in Business and Administration from the University of Maryland. Barbara brings a colorful spectrum of professional experience, including four years in the U.S. Air Force, several years of student advising, research assistant experience with the Storytelling Project and the Graduate School graduate student well-being initiative, and, recently, instructor experience teaching EDU 101 US, Teaching and Learning. Barbara earned her Doctor of Education in 2022. Her research focused on doctoral students' help-seeking behavior within the mentoring experience. Barbara's unwavering dedication to inclusion, diversity, and providing a sense of belonging to students emerges from a personal understanding and experience as a member of the LGBTQ+ and Veteran communities. Her 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.
Sustained Dialogue: Events and Logistics Coordinator
Diversity & Inclusion Ambassadors (DIAs) 2021-22
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.