Meet the AVP and Directors

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

Assistant Vice President - Division of Student Affairs, Multicultural Services
Pronouns: she/her/hers/herself/Dr.
RStewart@MissouriState.edu

 

 

 

Dr. Rabekah Stewart serves as the Assistant Vice President of Multicultural Services in the Division of Student Affairs. 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!

   Justin Dove

       Director, Disability Resource Center
       Pronouns: he/him/his/himself
       JLozano@MissouriState.edu

 

 

 

Justin Dove serves as the Director of the Disability Resource Center.  Justin is an alum of Missouri State University, receiving both his Master's in Student Affairs in Higher Education, and undergraduate degree in Hospitality Leadership.  Justin began his professional career starting as the Exams Coordinator and becoming an Access Advisor for the Disability Center at the University of Missouri.  Justin's experience came full circle in 2016, becoming Director of the office he worked at as a student employee during his undergraduate experience, the Disability Resource Center at Missouri State.  Justin's focus and passion is on the proactive inclusion of people with disabilities in the college experience, rather than a reactive, retrofit, compliance mindset.

Outside of the university, Justin is an avid bowler, competing in leagues and tournaments for almost 30 years.  He loves to travel, cook and relax with family and friends when he can.

Dr. Kimberly Martin, Director, Multicultural Programs   Kimberly L. Martin, Ph.D.

      Director, Multicultural Programs
      Pronouns: she/her/hers/herself/Dr.
      klm55e@MissouriState.edu

 

 

 

Dr. Kimberly Martin serves as the Director of Multicultural Programs.  Dr. Martin has over 20 years’ experience in higher education and student affairs, having served as the Coordinator for Leadership and Service Learning at Wayne State University, the Assistant Dean of Students of Community Engagement and Involvement at Purdue University, and most recently as the Coordinator for Diversity and Inclusion at the Oakland University William Beaumont school of Medicine.  During her career, Dr. Martin has continually demonstrated her commitment to diversity, inclusion, and social justice issues.  She has previously served on both university-wide and departmental diversity councils to address issues of disparity and bias in the recruitment and hiring faculty and students of color.  In 2019, her dissertation, “Nevertheless They Persisted:  Exploring Sense of Belonging Among Black Female Doctoral Graduates” was nominated for Dissertation of the Year at Oakland University.

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

Director, Access Programs
Pronouns: he/him/his/himself/Dr.
RyanReed@MissouriState.edu

 

 

 

Dr. Ryan Reed serves as the Director for Access Programs at Missouri State University. Dr. Reed's work focuses on providing support services and advising students who are participants in several Missouri State community partnerships, including the Kauffman Scholars, Wyman Scholars, College Bound, Boys and Girls Clubs, and Big Brothers & Big Sisters students. Dr. Reed supervises the Bears L.E.A.D. Coordinator and program. Dr. Reed holds a Doctorate of Education in Instructional Leadership from Lindenwood University and a Master of Science in College Student Affairs from Eastern 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. Dr. Reed is housed in the Multicultural Resource Center Annex in the lower level of Freddy House.