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Student Advocacy Advisory Team

Under the leadership of the Division of Student Affairs, the Student Advocacy Advisory Team is responsible for educating and supporting student activists on- and off-campus, coordinating the appropriate level of response for different events, and serve as the primary liaisons between administrators, law enforcement, and students. The team develops initial response strategies and approaches activist students with customized intervention plans prior to controversial demonstrations, including but not limited to:

  • Connecting with event organizers, protesters and counter-protesters,
  • Identify trusted faculty and staff to aid in facilitating conversations, and
  • Provide support for logistics and de-escalations tactics.

The team also provides “just-in-time” guidance in the event of spontaneous demonstrations or those that are unknown to the team including:

  • Referring event organizers, protesters and counter-protesters to the campus webpage on activism, found here
  • Provide printed resources with emergency contact information, found here

Student Advocacy Advisory Team Members


Tacquice Wiggan-Davis, Ed.D.

Assistant Vice President for Inclusive Excellence


Jordan Draper, Ed.D.

Dean of Students

Ton’Yea Mason, Student Representative

Makaylah Michels, Student Representative

Lakshmi Gurram, Student Representative

Jared Williams, Student Representative

Sean Stallings, Vice President for Student Affairs

Sharon Blanton, Vice President for Information Technology

Adam Carlson, Director of Student Conduct & Off-Campus Services

Jordan Shyi, Director of Intercultural Affairs

Crystel Maldonado, Director of Equal Employment Opportunity Programs

Marissa Bellino, Assistant Professor, Department of Education Administration & Secondary Education

Janet Gray, Professor, Department of Women’s, Gender, & Sexuality Studies

Timothy Grant, Chief of Campus Police

Kevin McCullough, LT of Campus Police

Chelsea Jacoby, Director of Sexual Misconduct | Title IX Coordinator

Kelly Hennessy, Assistant Vice President for Student Affairs

Jamal Johnson, Senior Assistant Director of Student Mentoring & Retention

Beth Gallus, Associate Dean of Students

Avani Rana, Director of Leadership Development

Audrey Perrotti, Director of Brower Student Center

Melissa Andreas, Assistant Director of the Brower Student Center

Kiley Cinelli, Associate Director of the Brower Student Center

Luke Sacks, Head Media Relations Officer

Alex Holzman, Inclusive Excellence Project Coordinator

Tom Mahoney, Vice President & General Counsel (Advisement)

Michael Canavan, Deputy General Counsel (Advisement)