Jerico pictureJerico Cummings
Sustained Dialogue Student Coordinator

Jerico is a third-year student at Montana State majoring in Sociology with a minor in Native American Studies. He was born and raised in the Black Hills of South Dakota. Jerico strives to listen deeply and to be changed by what he hears through awareness and education of social justice and environmental issues. Together we can make a positive change. 



Micah McFeely
Interim Program Manager

Micah McFeely is the interim Program Manager for the DISC and is also a fourth-year student at MSU studying Economics and Statistics. Since attending a “Common Ground” retreat in her first weekend of college, Micah quickly became passionate about issues concerning her fellow bobcats. At MSU, she has served as Student Body Vice-President, a Resident Advisor, an MSU Voice Center Advocate and Peer Educator, a Safe Zone Project Facilitator, a Sustained Dialogue Moderator, and an international buddy program president and leader. She is excited to fulfill the role as the interim Program Manager so that she can continually contribute to efforts to support an inclusive and equitable climate at MSU.

Madie Hanson
Graduate Assistant LGBTQ Student Support

Madies Profile PhotoMadie Hanson is the Graduate Assistant for LGBTQ Student Support within the DISC. In her role, Madie organizes LGBTQ-focused events such as Coming Out Day and the Lavender Celebration, as well as managing the LGBTQ Mentors Program, and supporting the Safe Zone Program for MSU faculty, staff and students. Beginning in Fall 2018, she is pursuing her Master’s in Education, with an emphasis in Student Affairs.

Madie grew up in Havre, Montana and graduated from Montana State University in 2017 with a Bachelor of Science in Sociology, as well as minors in Political Science and History. During her time as an undergraduate she worked in the Dean of Students Office with the Bobcat Parent & Family Program, as well as the Fraternity and Sorority community. This past summer, she spent time working within MSU’s Office of Residence Life. Madie enjoys spending time exploring Bozeman’s coffee shops, hiking, singing loudly in her car, and spending time with family and friends.

Tristan Harris-Pearce
DISC Programming Assistant

Tristan is a first-year student at MSU majoring in Film with minors in Writing and Sociology. He was born in Topeka, Kansas but graduated from high school in Brockton, Montana. Tristan is very passionate about filmmaking and using it to normalize diverse social identities and to educate people on diversity issues. He is also very active within the campus 
community with the Hilleman Scholars Program, Fraternity and Sorority life, Residence Hall Council, Queer Straight Alliance, and Black Student Union. He is very excited to be a member of the DISC team to help spread diversity awareness, education, and inclusion in the MSU community.


Caitlin Holzer
Sustained Dialogue Student Coordinator


Caitlin is a third-year student at MSU from the Chicagoland area studying Psychology with minors in Human Development and Hispanic Studies. She often describes attending and moderating Common Ground as being one of the best decisions of her college career and has become a champion of dialogue ever since. When she's not in the DISC, she's probably rollerblading, hiking, volunteering, and drinking more black coffee than the average person. 



Open Positons:

Position: Graduate Teaching Assistant (GTA)

Department Name: Diversity & Inclusion Student Commons (DISC), LGBTQ student support

Description of Opportunity


Position duration – This position is for 19 hours/week for 10 months: August to May

Position description –

  • Manage and coordinate the LGBTQ MentorsProgram
    • Recruit mentors and mentees who would benefit from participating inthe program
    • Research best practices for mentoringprograms
    • Develop a curriculum and materials for trainingmentors
    • Communicate with mentors and mentees to ensure that they are meeting and that they have the necessary resources to besuccessful
  • Support LGBTQstudents
    • Provide support to LGBTQ students at MSU in need of resources,information, guidance, connections, or
    • Meet with students who come to the office looking for support around topics of gender and sexual orientation. This includes having one on one meetings with students, providing support in group settings, and creating an environment in which students can provide each other with needed support around gender and sexual
    • Stay up to date with local and national resources and programs thatare relevant for LGBTQ studentsuccess
  • Lead the coordination of LGBTQ-focused events such as National Coming Out Day activities, Transgender Day of Remembrance, LGBTQ History Month, and Lavender Celebration
  • Work with campus units to support campus-wide initiatives which supportLGBTQ students
    • Collaborate with Residence Life staff to assist with the implementationof gender inclusive housing. This may include developing terminology for applications, screening applicants, advising on roommate matches, and resolvingconflicts
    • Consult with campus units which strive to be more inclusive; mayinclude reviewing tools and materials, discussing topics with them,
  • Support the coordination of the Safe Zoneprogram
    • Assist with marketing the program and encouraging offices,departments, and classes to requesttrainings
    • Update the Safe Zone training materials andcurriculum
    • Attend monthly trainings for Safe Zonetrainers
    • MaintainSafeZonewebsitewithuptodatecontentandtraininginformation
    • Coordinate details for workshops across campus, ie. Reserving spaces, communicating with attendees, preparing

Field-based skill development description –

The Graduate Assistant will work in the Diversity & Inclusion Student Commons (DISC) with a strong focus on LGBTQ student support and will also gain experience working directly with students from other underrepresented identity groups. Working in the DISC, the GTA will work with a number of campus departments and student groups to implement programs, build relationships, and integrate diversity into institutional conversations. This develops a deeper understanding of the institution’s structure, landscape, and functions. In working closely with college students, the GTA will also strengthen their foundational knowledge of student learning, development, culture, demographics, and sub-populations which inform current educational practice. This position will offer opportunities to put educational research into practice.

Transferable/portable skill development description –

This position will help the GTA develop facilitation skills for presentations and trainings, organization and leadership of meetings and projects, critical thinking and problem-solving skills, program management, interpersonal skills, and knowledge of diversity issues.

Preferred skills/qualifications –

  • Personal experience or previous work with LGBTQ college students or other LGBTQ populations
  • Professionalism and maturity
  • Solid understanding of diversity and inclusion
  • Strong interpersonal skills
  • Strong organizational skills
  • Oral, written, and/or nonverbal communication skills
  • Respect for and appreciation of a broad range of diverse identities
  • Ability to work independently and as part of a team
  • Meet academic requirements of a GTA position:
    • Full-time, degree-seeking graduate student
    • Maintain term enrollment of a minimum of 6credits
    • Cumulative, term, and program of study GPA must be 3.00 orbetter
    • Make satisfactory annual progress toward degree achievement

Performance and Feedback

  • The general philosophy of the DISC is to provide feedback on an ongoing basis.
  • Formal feedback also will be provided on an annual basis using thestandard Graduate School GTA Annual Review Form.


  • Stipend: $1,100 per month over a 10-month period, August to May.
  • The appointment is for no more than 19hours/week.
  • Per the Collective Bargaining Agreement, an additional payment of $130 per payment,during the Academic Year (Fall and Spring) only, to defray costs including, but not limited to, living and healthcare costs.
  • In-state tuition remission up to 6 credits/term are available for successful candidates but is not guaranteed.
  • The student is responsible for all university fees.
  • This position is part of the Graduate Student Union. As such, the GTA must pay monthly union dues or representation fees. If non-academic issues arise, the GTA may take concerns to their supervisor or the University’s Human Resource Department.


To apply for a position, please submit the following:

  1. Current Resume or CV
  2. Contact information for two professional references
  3. Letter of interest for this position


Materials may be submitted through email or mail to:


Micah McFeely


Diversity & Inclusion StudentCommons

PO Box 172100

Bozeman, MT 59717


Submissions must be received by April 22nd, 2019



NOW HIRING A STUDENT EMPLOYEE: Co-Coordinator for Sustained Dialogue Inquire at for an application or see attached    Student-worker will work 8-10 hours a week with another co-coordinator to plan and support dialogue groups led by student moderators. These dialogue groups will meet weekly to dialogue about and build action plans for issues such as free speech/hate speech, academic elitism, racially segregated social spaces, etc. in the university campus environment.