Daniel Dietz, Advocate

Daniel Dietz came to Oregon State University in 2016 from the Neighborhood Defender Service of Harlem, where he served as an attorney representing clients in family court. Daniel has also served as a social work case manager with the Multnomah County HIV Clinic, advocating for people living with HIV/AIDS, and is fluent in Spanish, a language he refined while serving in the Peace Corps in Peru. Daniel earned his JD from CUNY School of Law and his BA from Middlebury College.

He grew up in Oregon and graduated from South Salem High School.

 

 

Molly Chambers, Associate Advocate

Molly Chambers’s passion for advocacy comes from 20 years of experience with Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) where she supported and advocated for children in the foster care system. During that time, she enrolled in OSU as a non-traditional student and graduated in 2007 with a BS in Human Development and Family Services, Human Services option. Her years of educational advocacy for students with needs outside "the norm" and her recent experience as a student at OSU inform her practice of listening, then supporting, each student she meets.

Peer Advocates

Ryan Khalife is a senior studying Political Science & Mathematical Economics, with a minor in History. He has worked at the Office of Advocacy since the beginning of his freshman year, and enjoys working with the rest of Advocacy team in their efforts to better serve OSU students. Ryan is also a member of the ASOSU Senate, where he has advocated for student involvement in university policymaking. When he is not at the office, Ryan enjoys attending OSU athletic events, running and traveling. Following graduation, Ryan plans to attend graduate school and gain work experience in public policy or foreign relations.

 

Bianca Llamas was born in San Bernardino, California, but raised in Salem, Oregon, after third grade. She’s currently a third-year student at Oregon State pursuing an Economics major with minors in Spanish and Sociology. She wishes to continue her education after her undergraduate studies and go to law school to become an immigration lawyer. Bianca enjoys long runs, drinking tea, spending time with her family and the piano. She values being a part of the Office of Advocacy family since her first year at Oregon State and loves being part of such a great team.

Catherine Mina is a senior studying Political Science and Business and she plans to attend law school on the west coast in the Fall of 2018. Catherine is a captain and varsity dancer on the OSU Elite Dance Team, and is conducting her Honors Undergraduate Thesis on the Women’s March of 2017. She has been an employee of the Office of Advocacy for four years and some of her favorite projects have been collaborating with INTO OSU, revising the Student Bill of Rights, and updating the ASOSU Shared Governance documents. Aside from her work at the office Catherine enjoys binge-watching Law & Order: SVU on Netflix and spending time with her 15-year-old horse, Jericho. Catherine’s favorite thing about working at the Office of Advocacy is the culture of love and support cultivated by every member of the office staff as well as the shared dedication to uplifting student voice and ensuring due process for all university members.

Jia Wu was born in Taishan, Guangdong, China, but grew up in Portland, Oregon. She is currently a junior majoring in Biology and minoring in mathematics, with a plan to go to medical school after her studies here at OSU. This is her third year working in the office and she is excited to help more students as they come into the office. Outside of school, she enjoys kpop, reading, cooking for family and friends, and volunteering with local organizations. Other than working as an intern at the Office of Advocacy, Jia is also in the STEM leaders program and is doing undergraduate research in the College of Veterinary Medicine.

Interns

Leif Larsen is a second-year student pursing a political science and history double major with a minor in French. He hopes to attend law school to become a public interest lawyer. He was born in Minnesota, but was raised in Alaska and North Dakota. He likes to stay active by running; most recently he completed in the Portland Marathon. His all time favorite thing to do is play Monopoly or Risk with his friends. Leif also loves to travel. His favorite place to visit is France, but he has a soft spot for tropical beaches. His perfect day would be drinking smoothies on the beach while reading a good novel.

 

Vivian Le is currently a second-year student studying Economics and Accounting, with plans of someday working for the state or federal government. Vivian was raised in Southern Oregon in the tiny city of Phoenix (not to be confused with Phoenix, Arizona). When she has free time, she loves playing her guitar and piano, writing music and rock climbing.

Hamza Molvi is a senior pursuing a double major in Marketing and Business Information Systems, with a minor in Psychology. Born in New York but raised in Corvallis, he joined the Office of Advocacy this year and is excited to be working alongside talented colleagues who strive to make a difference in students’ lives across campus. When he’s not involved in marketing efforts for the Office, Hamza’s likely working on his Honors College undergraduate thesis, or being involved on a project with the Rotaract Club at Oregon State University (the collegiate level of Rotary International), which he has been involved with since his freshman year, the Honors College Student Association, or an activity with the Ettihad Cultural Center. Hamza’s often found chasing light and/or making things, driven by his creative penchant for photography and design.

Jasmine Meraz is a third-year student studying Human Development and Family Sciences with a double major in Education and a double option in early childhood and elementary education and a minor in Spanish. She is from Monmouth, Oregon. Jasmine is a proud member of Kappa Delta Chi Sorority Inc. and is Director of Standards and Finance for the Unified Greek Council. In addition, last summer, Jasmine interned for Senator Merkely in Washington, D.C. and studied abroad in Uganda this past summer.

Amir Shaarifuddin is a third-year student majoring in Political Science with an International Affairs option, and minors in Economics and Business. Amir grew up in his beloved country, Malaysia. He enjoys cooking good food, travelling around the United States, and learning about the diverse community that is Beaver Nation. He wants to get involved in the International Affairs field back home to represent his nation in the global arena.

Elaine Shuai is currently a third-year student majoring in Marketing. From Shanghai, China, Elaine enjoys helping students. In addition to her time here at the Office of Advocacy, Elaine is also a transfer ambassador for the START program here on campus, as well as a member of 16xOSU, a social entrepreneurship club for all students. In her free time, Elaine enjoys cooking and traveling. 

Erika Meusch is a third-year student majoring in Psychology, with a minor in Chemistry. Erika grew up in Tigard, Oregon, and is currently a part of the Attention and Performance Lab on campus. She enjoys being a part of her sorority, Sigma Alpha and spending time with her sorority sisters. In her free time, Erika enjoys having movie marathons with friends and getting outside to explore the different parts of this beautiful state.