Office of Multicultural Affairs

Office of Multicultural Affairs Staff Members

Dr. Emily Monago is the Director in the Office of Multicultural Affairs and the Campus Affiliate Director of the National Coalition Building Institute at Bowling Green State University. She was the Chairperson for the Student Affairs Diversity Committee from 2008-2011, co-chair of the BGSU Inclusion Network and adjunct faculty. She is also a member of the State of the State Ohio Diversity Conference Planning Committee. Dr. Monago has worked at public universities in Ohio since 1987 and at BGSU since 1999. She has worked with diverse student populations for most of her career. In addition, students of color have been her primary focus in her research and work since coming to Bowling Green State University.  She holds a Bachelor's degree in General Studies, and Master's degree in Public Administration, both from Kent State University in Kent, Ohio and a Ph.D. in Communication Studies (Organizational Communications) from Bowling Green State University.  She is a proud member of the Omicron Delta Kappa, National Leadership Honor Society and an honorary member of Alpha Lambda Delta National Honor Sorority.
Sheila Brown is the Associate Director for Programs in the Office of Multicultural Affairs. She coordinates the annual Town and Gown Black History Month Program with the Bowling Green City Schools, BiG Stars Talent Show, co-coordinates Kwanzaa with the Black Student Union and oversees grants and front office operations for the Office of Multicultural Affairs. She also provides diversity education through National Coalition Building Institute (NCBI) and is a course instructor for UNIV 1200: Learning-Behavior Assessments. Sheila advises many student organizations and she is a certified aerobics instructor. She holds a bachelor's degree in Biology from East Central University, a master's degree in Audiology from OU Health Sciences Center and master’s degree in Recreation Administration from Bowling Green State University.
Yolanda Flores serves as the Administrative Assistant for the Office of Multicultural Affairs. She monitors all program budgets and oversees the operation of the department. She is a member of the National Coalition Building Institute in participation in Welcoming Diversity Prejudice Reduction training.  She serves on the Latino Issues Conference Planning committee, and as a BGSU rep for the Diamante Planning committee.   In addition, she is the Greek Faculty Chapter Advisor for Sigma Lambda Gamma Sorority and Co-Advisor for Sigma Lambda Beta Fraternity. One the many responsibilities of advising these groups in assisting students in the planning of upcoming cultural diversity and academic events. She received the 2011 Favorite Professor/Mentor Award.    
Krishna Han is the Assistant Director for Diversity Education Program. Krishna provides leadership for Diversity Peer Educator Program, the Mosaic Series and administrative leadership for the National Coalition Building Institute. Krishna supervises Ethnic Student Center, co-lead Safe Zone workshop, and also provides support for multicultural student organizations, Enrollment Management Programs, SOAR, and Multicultural Cultural Advisory Board. He teaches and/or co-teaches Diversity and Inclusion classes (UNIV 4100 and/or BGSU 1000).  Krishna came to BGSU after working in the Bonner Center for Service and Learning at Oberlin College.  Originally from Cambodia, Krishna earned his undergraduate degree in Education from Royal University of Phnom Penh. After completing his master degree in Community Forestry at Shinshu University, Japan;  Krishna pursued and earned his Ph.D.  in Regional Environmental Resources Management at Hokkaido University, Japan. He studied the impacts of economic development policy on the livelihood of Indigenous people in the northeastern part of Cambodia and traditional farming system.  Krishna is also passionate about global and multicultural education, social justice, and student’s academic achievement and retention. Beside his native Khmer, Krishna speaks fluently English, Japanese, Thai and some French. He travels extensively to almost thirty countries across Asia, Europe, Africa and North America. While working full-time, Krishna is currently pursuing another graduate degree in College Student Personnel at Bowling Green State University. 


Ray Plaza serves as an Associate Director in the Office of Multicultural Affairs. In this role, he oversees both the retention and assessment efforts of the Office, serves as the coordinator of the annual Latino Issues conference and oversees Latino outreach efforts.  Originally from Hialeah, Florida; Ray holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in History and English and a Master’s degree in Student Personnel and Counseling from the University of Florida. Ray is currently working on his Ph.D. in Curriculum and Instruction at Virginia Tech.  Prior to joining the staff at BGSU, Ray spent almost fifteen years at Virginia Tech, working in different roles in Residence Life, Multicultural Affairs and Academic Affairs. He also brings experience in the International Affairs area as he developed and coordinated a study abroad program that marked its fifth anniversary in Summer 2012. He hopes to bring this opportunity to BGSU in the future.  Ray is active within ACPA and serves on the Directorate of the Latin@ Network as well as the Commission on Global Dimensions in Higher Education.  

Tobias Spears serves as the Assistant Director for LGBT Programs. This means he works largely with BGSU’s growing population of queer identifying students and also faculty and staff. Tobias leads the campus’s Safe Zone initiative, a training program designed to foster inclusion for and increase allies to BGSU’s LGBT community. Also in his role, Tobias chairs the student affairs LGBT Advisory Board and further, works to sustain and nurture an open campus atmosphere through programmatic events such as Big Gay Welcome, Coming Out Week, Gender Awareness Days, Rainbow Days and weekly support groups like INTERSECTIONS, which is a joint venture between the resource center and counseling center. Tobias frequently works in conjunction with student organizations and serves as advisor to Vision (LGBTQIQA), Grad Pride, and co-advisor to the Black Student Union. Tobias also supervises the Graduate Coordinator for the LGBT Resource Center. More broadly, Tobias is part of the President’s Advisory Council on Diversity and Inclusion (PACODI) and is a member of the university’s Strategic Prevention Framework Grant, which programs around curtailing alcohol and drug use. Within the larger community, Tobias serves as board member and secretary to Equality Toledo, northwest Ohio’s only LGBT community advocacy and policy group. Born and raised in from Brooklyn, NY, Tobias holds a bachelors from Binghamton University in history and a masters from the Institute for Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies at Georgia State University. In addition to being fulltime staff, Tobias is a third year PhD student in BGSU’s School of Cultural and Critical Studies, he is interested in theorizing Black queer geographies.


Connie Weaver is Coordinator for Multicultural Programs.  She is responsible for coordinating the Champions Programs, alumni and community outreach. She provides support for SOAR, Admissions recruitment,  Marketing and Communication updates and updating the website.  Prior to joining the staff, she worked on campus in the Technology Resource Center and in the Office of Student Financial Aid.  She is a member of the Latino Networking Alliance and the Latino Issues Conference Planning Committee.  Connie holds a Bachelor’s degree in Education from BGSU. 


For more information about programs and services listed, you can access staff via e-mail by clicking on the individual's name.