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 20 years in Multicultural Services and Texas A&M, Tonya has worked with countless students, student organizations, programs and courses with foci on student retention and success, identity development, cultural 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 has a 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

Dr. Huanshu Yuan
Associate Director

Dr. Huanshu Yuan is currently the Associate Director of the Department of Multicultural Services at Texas A&M University. She oversees intercultural initiatives and coordinates assessment plans for the Department. Huanshu is from Beijing, China, where she completed a B.A. degree in English Language and Literature from Beijing International Studies University. Dr. Yuan received a Master’s degree in Bilingual and Multicultural Education from Northern Arizona University and obtained her Ph.D. degree in Multicultural Education at the University of Washington-Seattle. Dr. Yuan’s research focuses on multicultural and social justice education, culturally responsive pedagogy, diversity and inclusion, and comparative and international education.

Before joining the Aggie family, Dr. Yuan worked as a faculty member at the University of Washington-Bothell in the areas of multicultural and bilingual education, second language acquisition, and teacher preparation. She is passionate about student diversity and inclusion and strives to create a diverse and welcoming community of students. Huanshu speaks four languages. In her free time, Huanshu enjoys writing, traveling, hiking, and playing piano.

Email: hyuan@dms.tamu.edu

I am very excited to join the DMS family to create detailed maps of multicultural and diversity education for students from diverse backgrounds.

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 DMS he is focused on overseeing the Student Engagement and Leadership areas and specific identity 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.

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.

Mark Dawson
Student Affairs Coordinator

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.
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Dr. Ariana Vargas
Intercultural Collaborator

Dr. Ariana Vargas joined the DMS in June of 2020. Ariana was born in Connecticut but spent a significant time of her life in San Antonio, Texas. She completed her Bachelor of Science in Interdisciplinary Studies and Masters of Education in Student Affairs in Higher Education from Texas State University. She recently completed her Ph.D. in Educational Leadership & Research from Louisiana State University.

Since beginning her career in higher education, Ariana has lived out her life’s mission as an educator and advocate for social justice, inclusion, equity, and student success. Her professional experiences include training and facilitation, advising, programming, leadership development, and curriculum development. In her new role at DMS, Ariana will support first-year experience programs, and intercultural, student success, and specific identity initiatives.

Outside of work, Ariana enjoys drinking coffee, watching movies, paper crafting, and listening to true crime mysteries.

Email: avargas@dms.tamu.edu

Briana Nelson