Meet the AVP and Directors

Michele D. Smith, Ph.D. PortraitMichele D. Smith, Ph.D.

Assistant Vice President for Student Affairs, Multicultural Services
Assistant Professor, Student Affairs in Higher Education
Pronouns: she/her/hers/herself/Dr.
MDSmith@missouristate.edu
 

Michele D. Smith, PhD, serves as the Assistant Vice President for Student Affairs at Missouri State University. She has supervision over the Multicultural Services Unit that includes the offices of Multicultural Programs, Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer+ Student Services, TRIO Support Services (Upward Bound and Student Support Services), and Access Programs & Scholarships (Wyman, Kauffman, and College Bound) that serve first generation, low-income students. She also is a tenure track Assistant Professor in the Student Affairs in Higher Education Masters’ Program in the Department of Counseling, Leadership and Special Education. Dr. Smith is housed in the Dean of Students Suite in the Plaster Student Union. Dr. Smith oversees the Inclusive Excellence Leadership Scholarship.

Rabekah Stewart, Ph.D. Executive Director, TRIO Student Support ServicesRabekah D. Stewart, Ph.D.

Executive Director, TRIO Programs and Multicultural Student Retention
Pronouns: she/her/hers/herself/Dr.
rstewart@missouristate.edu
 
Dr. Rabekah Stewart serves as the Executive Director of TRIO Programs and Multicultural Student Retention. Dr. Stewart's research is in the intercultural and career experiences of African-American women in leadership at predominantly white institutions; as well as minority student identity development on the college campus. Throughout Dr. Stewart’s career, she has served as a high school and college English instructor; and for the last 11 years as a TRIO professional.  Her focus is on helping the underserved student and staff populations in higher education. As a leader in education access and attainment, she strives to create opportunities and support change initiatives for the betterment of all students.
 

In her spare time, Dr. Stewart loves to travel, attend cultural activities and events, listen to live jazz and R&B music, cook and bake new healthy recipes, and spend time with family and friends. Her quote to live by is, “If you always do what you’ve always done, then you’ll always get what you’ve always gotten.” Keep moving forward!

Ryan R.G. Reed, Ed.D PortraitRyan R.G. Reed, M.A.

Coordinator, Access Programs
Pronouns: he/him/his/himself/Dr.
RyanReed@MissouriState.edu
 
Dr. Ryan Reed serves as the Coordinator of Access Programs at Missouri State University. Ryan's work focuses on providing support services and advising who are partcipants in several Missouri State community partnerships, including the Kaffman Scholars, Wyman Scholars, and College Bound students. Ryan is currently a doctoral candidate of Education in Instructional Leadership from Lindenwood University and holds a Master of Science in College Student Affairs from Easter Illinois University. His research interests focus on first-generation, low-income, and urban students; education equality in access and affordability; student leadership development; and student conduct. Ryan is housed in the Multicultural Resource Center Annex in the lower level of Freddy House.

Yvania Garcia-Pusateri, M.S. Executive Director, Multicultural ProgramsYvania Garcia-Pusateri, M.S.

Executive Director, Multicultural Programs
Pronouns: she/her/hers/herself/Mrs.
YvaniaGarciaPusateri@missouristate.edu
 
Yvania Garcia-Pusateri serves as the Executive Director of Multicultural Programs in the Multicultural Services Unit where she oversees the Multicultural Resource Center, Mary Jean Price Walls Multicultural Resource Annex and the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer+ Resource Center, staff and all programming and initiatives. Yvania holds a Bachelor of Arts in Communication Studies with an emphasis in Journalism and Master of Science in College Counseling and Student Development from Azusa Pacific University. She is a PhD candidate in the Educational Leadership doctoral program with an emphasis in Leadership, Culture and Curriculum at Miami University of Ohio. Yvania also assists with the management of the Inclusive Excellence Leadership Scholarship and is housed in the Mary Jean Price Walls Multicultural Resource Center Annex in the lower level of Freddy House.