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 Douglas Meyer graduated with his Bachelors in Psychology from MSU in 2019, and is now a second year graduate student in the School Counseling Program. This year, he is once again serving as the DISC Graduate Assistant. Although his schedule for his final year remains packed almost past the known laws of time and space itself, he is incredibly excited to bring his all to this position and work hard with everyone on the staff- both returning members, and those new to the team! Mitchell is very happy for the opportunity to continue offering amazing programs like the MSU Safe Zone, as well as developing programs like Queer Frontier, and the new and improved All Inclusive Mentors (AIM) Program. In his free time, he enjoys bouldering (indoors, because Mom thinks it’s too dangerous to do outdoors), frantically cleaning his apartment, and the work he does in his internship at Belgrade High School.

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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!

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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.

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Diversity & Inclusion Ambassadors (DIAs) 2020-21

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.

 

Starting spring 2021, our DIAs will have weekly virtual office hours on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 3 PM to 5 PM. No appointment is necesary; feel free to log-on here! Please note you will initally enter into a "waiting room," so we ask for your patience while we connect you with our DIAs.

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Barla Beaudoin

DIA
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Hello! I’m Barla Beaudoin and my pronouns are she/her/hers. I am so excited to be a DIA this year! I am a freshman, and I am on the pre-med track. I am from Red Lodge, MT and have always been interested in diversity and inclusion programs. Some fun facts about me are I am half Brazilian, and I love to dance!!

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Karenna Doctor

DIA

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Karenna is originally from Fort Collins, Colorado. She is in her second year at MSU, majoring in Microbiology: Environmental Health with minors in Hispanic Studies and Global Health. She also does research at Dr. Sally Moyce’s Immigrant HealthLab. In her free time, she loves hiking, snowshoeing, watching movies, and hanging out with friends. This is her first year as a DIA and she is excited to get involved.

 

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Olivia Filialuna

DIA

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I am a fourth year student, majoring in Organismal Biology with a minor in Museum Studies. I work in a mycology (mushroom) lab on campus and I am the President of the National Residence Hall Honorary. I spend my free time cross stitching and listening to audiobooks/podcasts.

 

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Diego Garcia

DIA

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Hi! My name is Diego Garcia and I am from Los Angeles, California. I am a second-year student studying Paleontology. I have previously volunteered at the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County and in high school, I had an internship that allowed me to work at the Los Angeles Zoo! I am a second-generation Mexican-American and proud of it. I have a passion for trying to make MSU a more comfortable place for people who may feel alienated while attending here. I have a lot of experience with trying to help people out, so if you see me in the DISC office and have a question, feel free to ask and I’ll do my best to answer. A fun fact about me is that I’ve been bitten, licked, and pecked by a total of seven different species of animals (two types of birds, two types of antelope, a giraffe, a lion, and a seal).

  

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Marquayvion Hughes

DIA

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Marquayvion is a second year student studying Political Science and History. He graduated from Davenport Central High School. Marquayvion is very passionate about making everyone feel like they have a place no matter where they are so they can find a home anywhere. Marquayvion is a member of the Spirit of The West marching band and is one of two male Color Guard members on the field! He is excited to be a DIA, so he can help people learn more about diversity and including everyone no matter what makes them different. Some fun facts about Marquayvion are he has performed in the Lucas Oil Stadium four times and the St. Louis Dome twice. He has done ten seasons of Color Guard. Additionally, he believes he is the last living Targaryen. His favorite Game of Thrones quote is “I'm not going to stop the wheel, I'm going to break the wheel”. In the future, he hopes to attend DU law school and start his own firm.

  

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Riley Nielsen

DIA
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Hello! My name is Riley Nielsen and my pronouns are she/her/hers. I am currently a third year Accounting student at MSU. I grew up in Missoula, MT and love to spend my free outside! I was a DIA last year and I am excited for this year as we have new faces leading diversity on campus. I am always free to talk, so don’t hesitate to ask! A fun fact about me is that my favorite food is sushi. 

Open Positons: 

We have filled all open positions for the 2021-2022 academic school year. Feel free to contact the DISC Program Manager, PJ Diamond, directly with questions or concerns regarding employment with the DISC.