Assistant Director of Student Diversity and International Student Life
Dion was born and raised in Philadelphia, PA. Dion has worked in Student affairs for over 10 years. Before coming to Washington State University Spokane, he worked in the area of residence life at the University of Montana University of Alaska Anchorage, Pennsylvania State University and Bloomsburg University. In his spare time, he enjoys running, watching movies, hiking and watching football. His favorite things about coming to Spokane are meeting all the students, and viewing the amazing scenery around the area.
Student Diversity and International Student Life Coordinator
Diversity Student Coordinators
Hi, my name is Ashley Thundiyil! I was born and raised on the island of Guam and am happy to call it home. I am currently in the Class of 2021 Doctor of Pharmacy program here at WSU. I enjoy learning about others and their culture in addition to sharing my own. I believe that the Diversity Center creates a very inclusive environment, especially as our campus is growing in number and diversity. I am excited to be a part of the Diversity Center team and look forward to meeting you!
Lee Roy Esposo
Hello! My name is Lee Roy. I am originally from Southern California and moved up here to Spokane to pursue my Doctorate in Pharmacy. I’m a current 3rd year student in the College of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences and I graduate in 2021. I am a lover of food and prose. I also love meeting people and making connections. The best part about working in the Diversity Center is meeting people from all walks of life. Come down and say hi! I’d love to hear your story.
My name is Monica Sines, I am a third-year pharmacy student that will be serving as a Student Veteran & Diversity Coordinator and I look forward to becoming an advocate for my pharmacy classmates and all other students on campus. I am originally from Fayetteville, North Carolina, but previously lived in Honolulu, Hawaii where I graduated with my bachelor’s in biology from Hawaii Pacific University. I served in the Unites Stated Army for 6 years; was exposed to and learned many valuable lessons that will allow me to contribute to outstanding coordination for all students on campus. Acceptance into the Washington State University College of Pharmacy has been one of my best accomplishments and grateful for the opportunity.
My name is Siavosh Naji-Talakar. I was born in Iran but grew up in Arizona. I graduated from Arizona State University with two degrees, a bachelor’s degree in molecular Biosciences and Biotechnology and a master’s in Science of Heath Care Delivery. I am currently a second-year student pharmacist in the Doctor of Pharmacy program and pursuing a dual degree Ph.D. in Pharmaceutical Sciences. My family hails from a diverse background with a mixing of members from all over the world. The diversity I grew up with in my youth has drawn me to work here at the student diversity center. I believe in our mission of inclusivity and want to share in the rich cultures and traditions of our student body. I love to meet new people so stop by and say hello!
Hello, I’m Tara! I am from Seattle, WA. I attended Whitworth University for my pre-requisites and now I’m here at WSU College of Nursing. I love meeting new people, exploring different cultures and building community. I’m excited to be apart of the Diversity Center team this year and would love to meet you!
My name is Vanessa Tuy and I am from Lynnwood, WA. I attended WSU Pullman and received my Bachelors in Biochemistry and I am here at WSU Spokane going into my third year of the pharmacy program. I love diversity because it brings many views to a situation and helps the community grow. My hobbies include playing video games, crafting, and playing with my cats.
Diversity & Community Engagement Student Coordinators
International Student Life Student Coordinators
Hello! My name is Michelle Baek. I am originally from Seoul, South Korea but moved to Spokane, Washington when I was in middle school. I am currently in the Doctor of Pharmacy program in the class of 2021. I will be serving as an International Student Life Coordinator. I hope to build a strong community of international students on our Health Sciences campus while sharing our cultures with other students. At Student Diversity Center, we host many events that are both educational and fun, so please come by and say hi!
Hello, I’m Uyen! I’m an international student from Vietnam. I first came to Seattle 5 years ago for my pre-requisites and now I’m here for WSU Nursing Program. I love watching football. I also enjoy learning and sharing about different cultures, especially the food aspect of that culture. I can speak Vietnamese fluently since that’s my first language so if you want to practice or learn a new language, let’s be friend, come join me, and hope we can all have fun together!