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.

Jesse Beal
Acting Director of Diversity Services

As an activist and educator on queer issues and identities, social justice, and diversity for the past decade, Jesse joined Diversity Services in May of 2013. Jesse serves as an LGBTQ and social justice resource, develops curriculum and leads trainings and workshops, advises student groups, and collaborates with campus partners to work toward a more inclusive and affirming campus culture. Jesse is responsible for the educational initiatives from the Office of Diversity Services including the Diversity Peer Educator Program, The Social Justice Series, and the Safe Zone Training Program.

Jesse came to Suffolk from Brandeis University where they were the program coordinator for sexuality and gender diversity at the Intercultural Center. Before coming to Brandeis, Jesse was a community organizer for a community-based nonprofit committed to ending partner abuse and sexual violence.

Jesse holds a master's degree in women in gender studies (WGS) from Brandeis University with a focus in intersectionality, critical race theory, feminism, queer theory, and visual culture and a Bachelor of Arts with Highest Honors in WGS and Government from UT Austin.

In addition to their work at Suffolk, Jesse is a social justice and LGBTQ consultant and educator in the greater Boston area. They are also a Harry Potter aficionado, pop culture critic, pug-lover, foodie, and Red Sox fan.

*Jesse uses the non-binary/gender neutral pronouns they/them/theirs

Assistant Director - Vacant

Bridget Robinson
Office Services Coordinator

Michelle Driffill
Graduate Fellow

Michelle is the Marketing & Promotions Graduate Fellow in charge of social media, marketing, and event planning throughout Diversity Services programs. She graduated from College of the Holy Cross in Worcester, MA in 2013 and spent the last two years working at the Muscular Dystrophy Association - South Texas in the San Antonio field office. She joined the Office of Diversity Services in September 2015. As a graduate student at Suffolk University, studying Administration of Higher Education, Michelle hopes to work in Student Affairs - specifically student leadership development programming. Originally from Texas, Michelle loves Big Red soda, breakfast tacos, and Texas-style BBQ.

Kia Rivera
Graduate Fellow

Kia Rivera is the Leadership & Programming Graduate Fellow, in charge of the Diversity Peer Educator (DPE) program as well as the Office of Diversity Services Training Programs. Kia graduated from Lasell College in Newton, MA in 2014. She spent the last year of her life doing AmeriCorps at Cristo Rey Boston in Dorcester, MA working in their admissions office. As a graduate student at Suffolk, studying Administration of Higher Education, she hopes to work within Student Affairs with low-income and first-generation students building their college experience. Kia would like everyone to know - she's a Beyonce enthusiast.  

Michaela Hallion
Work Study - Office Assistant 

Michaela has been working with the Office of Diversity Services since September 2014. A sophomore at Suffolk University, she is on course to major in English with a double minor in Journalism and Women & Gender Studies. Michaela will be studying abroad in Spain during the Spring 2016 semester. She loves to talk about politics, travel, and human rights. Social justice is a very important part of her life, which is why she loves working at the ODS and seeing the difference the office makes! Michaela uses she/her/hers pronouns and identifies as queer.

Delois Rupia
Work Study - Office Assistant

My name is Delois Rupia. I am a freshman at Suffolk University, and I am interested in education reform and philosophy.

Phyliss St-Hubert
Work Study - Office Assistant 

My name is Phyliss St-Hubert! I am a sophomore here at Suffolk and an Office Assistant at Diversity Services. I am Government major and a Black Studies minor. My favorite TV shows are: Scandal, Empire, Being Maryjane, and basically every reality tv show! Fun fact: I love to go on random adventures.

Ryan Wiken
Work Study - Office Assistant

Sophomore Art History major
Work Study student for the ODS
I really love animals, history, art, and activism.