Meet Our Team

Dr. Driver

Dr. Tonya Driver
Director

Dr. Tonya Driver, a Former Student, considers her role in the department to be reflective of her purpose to validate and advocate on behalf of the perspectives and experiences of others.  In her over 15 years in Multicultural Services and over 17 years at Texas A&M, Tonya has worked with countless students, student organizations, programs and courses with foci on student retention and success, racial and cultural identity, identity development, diversity consciousness, and pre-college experiences.  She serves on the editorial board for national student affairs and leadership publications to contribute to the profession and satisfy her passion for editing scholarly work. In addition, Tonya taught middle grades in the Houston Independent School District, where she developed her passion for students, facilitating students’ self-discovery, and helping students realize their potential.

Tonya completed her doctorate in Adult Education and Human Resource Development in the College of Education and Human Development at Texas A&M.  She also holds a Master of Education, focusing on Leadership Education and Studies and Bachelor of Business Administration in Marketing from Texas A&M.

Email: tonyadriver@tamu.edu

I am a meaning-maker and believe the career an individual dedicates themselves to should reflect their purpose in life. My purpose is to validate and advocate on behalf of the perspectives and experiences of others; I fulfill this purpose daily.
Dr. Suhm

Dr. Marisa Suhm
Assistant Director

Marisa Suhm is currently the Assistant Director of the Department of Multicultural Services at Texas A&M University. She coordinates the Diversity Education initiatives for the Department. Dr. Suhm received a Law degree in Colombia, a Master’s degree in International Legal Studies from NYU and a Doctorate Degree in International Education and Development from the University of Massachusetts.

Dr. Suhm has worked as professor in the States and overseas in the areas of International Law, Multiculturalism, Social Justice and Language and Literature. She has worked with development and educational organizations such as the Peace Corps, USAID, UNICEF, in more than 25 countries. She speaks five languages. In her free time, she teaches remedial English to non-native speakers in the university and the community. She likes hiking, swimming, reading and playing trivia and board games. She writes children’s stories and short essays. She is a proud Aggie mom.

Email: msuhm@tamu.edu

I have worked with development and educational organizations such as the Peace Corps, USAID, UNICEF, in more than 25 countries and I am a proud Aggie mom.
Mr. Rios

Mr. Cruz Ríos
Assistant Director

Cruz is from the Rio Grande Valley, Palmview, TX, completed a B.A. degree in Communication-Journalism from The University of Texas Pan American in Edinburg, TX (2008) and an M.S. in Higher Education Administration from Texas A&M University (2011). His involvement in student organizations, leadership and residence life in his undergraduate education sparked his interests to work with student groups as a professional. His continued education solidified his passion for students and their development and the importance of diversity and social justice initiatives.

He has been with the department since 2009 and feels fortunate to work with a team of professionals that have the best interests of students in mind. He is also excited to help students reach their potential in their endeavors. At the Department of Multicultural Services (DMS) his initiatives are focused in the Hispanic/Latino student population and other underrepresented populations. He currently advises the Hispanic Presidents’ Council (HPC), Latino Males United (LMU).

Outside of the DMS, Cruz likes to get connected in the community through several organizations and attends community events. He is happily married and has two cats and a dog (Stumpy, Alice & Heidi). He enjoys game nights, painting, jogging, and occasionally watches reality TV shows.

Email: crios@dms.tamu.edu

I feel fortunate to work with a team of professionals that have the best interests of students in mind. I am also excited to help students reach their potential in their endeavors.

Ms. Dear Aunaetitrakul
Diversity Education Specialist

Dear provides administrative and leadership support to the Aggies to Aggies (A2A), a peer diversity education initiative. She holds a Master of Science in Higher Education from California State University, Fullerton and a Bachelors of Arts in Political Science and Media Studies from Queens College, CUNY in New York.  In her free time, Dear enjoys running, blogging and editing videos.

 

Email: deara@dms.tamu.edu

Mr. Mark Dawson
Diversity Education Specialist

Mark Dawson was born and raised in San Diego, CA. Mark currently holds a Bachelor of Arts in Social Science from San Diego State University. He Moved to Aggieland in the fall of 2010 to begin the doctoral program in the Department of Sociology here at Texas A&M. His main research areas are Race, Class, Gender and Sociology of Education. Outside of work Mark enjoys watching Aggie football and is a long time Oakland Raiders fan. He also loves cooking and spending quality time with family and friends.

Email: mdawson@dms.tamu.edu

I am excited to be a part of the DMS family. I look forward to working closely with students to help them achieve their academic and individual goals. I facilitate the CLUES learning community program, Cultural Exploration Experiences, and I am a member of the Diversity Education Team.
Ms. Heslip

Ms. Kimberly Heslip
Business Coordinator

Kimberly Heslip is a native of Caldwell, TX, currently residing in Bryan. She has been employed with Texas A&M University for the past 8 years with the College of Engineering and College of Education and Human Development. Due to her passion for working on the front line with students, she has recently assumed a position within the Division of Student Affairs as a Business Coordinator in the Dept. of Multicultural Services.

Email: kheslip@tamu.edu

Due to my passion for working on the front line with students, I have recently assumed a position within the Division of Student Affairs as a Business Coordinator.
Mr. Cummings

Mr. Varselles Cummings
Program Advisor

Varselles (Var) Cummings joined the department in February 2015. Var hails from Fresno, California. He earned his B.A. in Mass Media Communication from Wilberforce University. Wilberforce is the first privately founded historically black college in the nation located in Wilberforce, Ohio. While at Wilberforce University he was involved in several co-curricular and extracurricular activities. He was involved in everything from SGA to Residence Life to Choir. His undergraduate involvement sparked his interest in the field of Student Affairs. After his graduation in 2008, Varselles stayed at his alma mater and worked as an Admissions Counselor for two years.
In 2012 Var received his Master’s degree in Postsecondary Educational Leadership with a specialization in Student Affairs from San Diego State University (SDSU). While at SDSU he worked in the Resident Education Office at San Diego State as an Assistant Residence Hall Coordinator. He also served as the Graduate Advisor for the Afrikan Student Union. Most recently he came from Texas Christian University where he served as a Hall Director from 2012-2015.

Varselles currently serves as a Program Advisor in the Department of Multicultural Services where he advises Aggie Black Male Connection (ABMC), Black Student Alliance Council (BSAC), and Southwest Black Student Leadership Conference (SBSLC). He is very excited to be a part of the DMS staff and is looking forward to developing leaders for a multicultural world.

Email: vcummings@dms.tamu.edu

I currently advise Aggie Black Male Connection (ABMC), Black Student Alliance Council (BSAC), and Southwest Black Student Leadership Conference (SBSLC). I am very excited to be a part of the DMS staff and look forward to developing leaders for a multicultural world.

Ms. Diana Lee
Program Advisor

Diana Lee recently joined the Aggie family as a Program Advisor in the Department of Multicultural Services. She serves as the advisor to the Asian Presidents’ Council (APC) and the Institute for the Development and Education for Asian-American Leaders (IDEAAL) along with providing support for Asian American programs and initiatives. She is excited to be serving the Asian American community at Texas A&M University.

Diana is from Killeen/Ft. Hood, TX and received a Bachelor’s of Business Administration from The University of Texas at Austin and a Master of Education in Student Affairs in Higher Education from Texas State University. She enjoys traveling, running, and relaxing with friends during her free time.

Email: dlee@dms.tamu.edu

I serve as the advisor to the Asian Presidents’ Council (APC) and the Institute for the Development and Education for Asian-American Leaders (IDEAAL) along with providing support for Asian American programs and initiatives. I am excited to be serving the Asian American community at Texas A&M University.

Mr. Miguel Perez
Marketing & Communications Graduate Student Assistant

Miguel Perez is a Master of Science in Visualization graduate student from Laredo, Texas. Originally from Nuevo Laredo, Mexico, Miguel came to the United States and became a first generation college student. Miguel received a Bachelor of Science in Advertising with a specialization in Media Strategy from The University of Texas at Austin. Miguel enjoys Pixar films, playing guitar and making things.

Email: mperez@dms.tamu.edu

I have a passion for making things. Seeing how people react to and engage with the things I make is very rewarding and helps me grow as a maker.

Ms. Tyra Smith
Peer Diversity Education Graduate Assistant

Tyra is a first year graduate student at A&M, she is enrolled in the Curriculum and Instruction program with a multicultural education concentration. Tyra is from Hampton, Virginia. She received my B.A. in Psychology with a Sociology minor from Radford University. Tyra is interested in multicultural education and its effects on education policies. Tyra hopes to diversify the curriculum in public school districts. In her free time Tyra enjoy traveling, trying new foods, crafting, and swimming.

Email: tsmith@dms.tamu.edu

Mr. Pete Pham

Student Worker

Pete is a senior Psychology major from Dallas, Texas. He wants to go to law school, pursue the field of social justice, community relations, and public policy. He likes to travel and enjoys eating new cuisines.  He has relished working at the DMS and loves engaging with all of the staff and students. Feel free to ask him any questions at any time.
Howdy! My name is Pete Pham I am a junior Psychology major from Dallas, Texas. I enjoy working at the DMS and loving engaging with all of the staff and students. Feel free to ask me any questions at any time.

Ms. Megan Scofield
Student Worker

Megan is a junior Allied Health major from Houston, Texas.  She wants to become an occupational therapist after she graduates and hopes to go to graduate school in Houston or Galveston. Megan loves helping others in any way she can whether it be answering questions or helping a staff member with a project. In her free time she enjoys online shopping, reading, studying, and hanging out with friends.
I’m a Allied Health major because want to help others be their best healthy selves.