Diversity Services staff members are available for students who are looking to discuss concerns such as their adjustment to campus, personal life, academic progress, or career planning
Students are always encouraged to call or visit whether or not they have specific requests for assistance. Staff members are also available to consult with students, student leaders, faculty, and staff regarding a variety of diversity-related issues.
Dr. Lizette V. Rivera began at Suffolk University in July 2016 as the Director of Diversity Services. Prior to Suffolk she was the Director of Diversity/Inclusion and Student Activities at Westfield State University. She is originally from Chicago, IL where she also completed her Doctorate of Education from National Louis University. Her dissertation title is Exploring the impact of the MassTransfer program: A look at Latina/Latino student transfer success at a two year Hispanic-Serving Institution into a four year Non-Hispanic-Serving university in Massachusetts.
Lizette has earned a B.A. from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and a Master's in Public Administration (M.P.A.) from Roosevelt University, Chicago, IL. Lizette has worked in higher education for more than 11 years in a various positions. Her other positions in higher education include working at the University of Massachusetts, Boston as the Director of TRiO Upward Bound, University of Illinois in Urbana-Champaign, IL as the Director of La Casa Cultural Latina, Triton Community College in River Grove, IL as an Assistant Dean of Arts and Sciences / Title III Director, and at Richard J. Daley College in Chicago, IL as the Director of TRiO Upward Bound.
Lizette is also a Veteran who served in the U.S. Army Reserves for 6 years. In 2003, Lizette was deployed to Joint Task Force Guantanamo Bay, Cuba to the Office of the Staff Judge Advocate. She served as a Military Justice Non-Commissioned Officer In Charge (NCOIC), Legal Assistance NCOIC, and an International Committee of the Red Cross (IRCR) Liaison for the Army. Prior to this deployment, she served with the 384th Military Police Battalion, 91st Legal Support Organization, and the 391st Military Police Battalion as a Legal NCOIC and Legal Specialist (Paralegal).
Cameron Breither currently serves as the Assistant Director of Diversity Services. Cameron has presented workshops nation-wide on LGBTQ+ identities, social justice leadership development, and intersectional pedagogy. Before Suffolk University, he was a Senior Staff Development Specialist in Residential Life at UMass Amherst, focusing on diversity training and organizational development. Additionally they worked at the University of Wisconsin Milwaukee as the Assistant Director of the LGBT Resource Center, where he focused on inclusive policy development and serving LGBTQ+ students at the intersections of their identities. In 2011, Cameron was included in CURVE Magazine's Fearless Leaders feature noting his work in LGBTQ+ advocacy within higher education in the South. Cameron holds a M.A. in Higher Education Administration from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor and a B.A. in Political Science with concentrations in Constitutional Law, Public Policy, and Collective Violence Studies from the University of North Carolina Wilmington.
Daniela Avila is a Diversity Fellow in our office. She is originally from Colombia and is pursuing a Master of Integrated Communication degree at Suffolk University. Daniela holds a bachelor's degree in Communication and Journalism from the Universidad del Norte in Barranquilla, Colombia.