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.
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.
Patricia Lacy had the opportunity of being the first Advocate in the ASOSU Office of Advocacy. From the formation of the Office in 2000 until her retirement in 2016, Patricia worked with students to promote effective conflict resolution skills. She continues to take joy in witnessing the growth of the office, not only in the number of OSU students seeking advocacy services, but also in the quality of the Office's staff and interns working to benefit those students.
Jia Wu was born in Taishan, Guangdong, China, but grew up in Portland, Oregon. She is a senior majoring in Biology and minoring in mathematics, with a plan to go to medical school after her studies here at OSU. This is her fourth 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 being a Peer Advocate at the Office of Advocacy, Jia is also in the STEM leaders program and is doing undergraduate research in the College of Veterinary Medicine.
Erika Meusch is 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.
Hamza Molvi is a senior pursuing a double major in Marketing and Business Information Systems. Born in New York but raised in Corvallis, Hamza's work in the Office of Advocacy has entailed leading various marketing campaigns. Hamza views collaborating with talented colleagues who strive to make a difference in students’ lives across campus in the Office of Advocacy as a privilege of a lifetime. When he’s not involved in marketing efforts for the Office, Hamza is lead student designer and digital strategist in the Honors College.
Amir Shaarifuddin is a senior 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.
Jasmine Meraz is a senior 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 spent a summer studying abroad in Uganda.
Elaine Shuai is currently a senior 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.
Vivian Le is a third-year student studying Business Information Systems and Accounting, with hopes of someday running for public office. 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 working out.
Leif Larsen is a third-year student pursuing a political science degree 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.
Chris Buckley is currently in his second year studying Mathematics at OSU and hopes to someday be able to use math to help solve real-world problems. He was born and raised in Ashland, Oregon, and this is his first year working at the Office of Advocacy. In his free time, he enjoys playing music, backpacking, and surfing.
David Pham was born and raised in Anaheim, California. He is currently a sophomore studying Business Information Systems. He served in the U.S. Marine Corps for 5 years before attending Oregon State University. He hopes to continue his public service after he finishes his degree. A fun fact about David is that he is technically considered a professional gamer since he has won small video game tournaments throughout his lifetime.
Ivory Tran is a third-year student pursuing a Marketing major and Psychology minor at Oregon State University. Born and raised in Vietnam, Ivory and her family moved to the US when she was 14. After five years, she recently became a citizen in September 2018. Ivory joined the Office of Advocacy this year with the hope to make a positive impact on students' well-being on campus. Apart from school, Ivory loves to cook, travel and watch movies. Her passion for food led Ivory to backpack around Southeast Asia to explore their diverse and vibrant cuisines.
Bianca Llamas was born in San Bernardino, California. In 2018, Bianca graduated with an Economics major with a minor in Spanish. She will continue her education after her undergraduate studies and earn her Masters in Public Policy with concentrations in race and immigration. Bianca enjoys long runs, drinking tea, the piano, and spending time with her family. She values having been a part of the Office of Advocacy family since her first year at Oregon State and loves having had a part in such a great team.
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alife'sfour years at the Office of Advocacy taught him about policy work, improved his leadership skills, and allowed him to work as a Peer Advocate on behalf of students. The Office also connected him with the wonderful team of people who make it such a special place. He is currently a completing an internship with a local state legislator, and plan to attend graduate school in the near future.
Catherine Minawas a member of the OSU graduating class of 2018. Catherine graduated with an Honors Associate in Political Science and a minor in BUsiness and Entrepreneurship. Throughout her undergraduate career, Catherine was involved with Greek Life as a member of Alpha Omicron Pi, served as Vice President of the OSU Elite Dance Team, and participated in a study abroad program to London. She is currently a first-year law student at Oregon Law where she has enjoyed getting involved with organizations such as Asian Pacific Law Student Association and the Oregon Filipino American Lawyers Association. The Office of Advocacy showed her that her voice can make an impact on her community and reaffirmed her desire to serve as an advocate for those otherwise marginalized and silenced.
The Office of Advcoacy has allowed Fermín Martínez to advocate and give students a voice during times when they are most vulnerable. Fermín is now advocating for migrant and homeless youth at a non-profit clinic center in Portland.
Mallory Temple is currently working in Washington, D.C. on a special Medical Waiver program to advocate for medically-complex individuals to receive services that allow them to remain in the community. From her time in the Office of Advocacy, Mallory learned that every person has a different background that shapes what they value and how they approach problems. As an advocate in her current position, Mallory always makes it a goal to truly listen and understand her client's issues from their perspective, and then help develeip a solution according to their values.
Beginning in the mid-1980s, ASOSU Government became interested in creating a legal advocacy center for students. Students wanted to bring in an attorney who could support their programs and initiatives, as well as offer advice and support. After lobbying and gaining support for the position, in 1988, they officially created and established the ASOSU Office of Legal Advocacy.
In its first decade, the Office, was a practice dedicated to helping students with legal issues outside of the university. These attorneys focused on landlord-tenant issues, consumer problems, credit issues, personal injuries and car accidents, traffic violations, wills, divorces, and names changes for students. They also offered legal advice and consulted with to ASOSU student government.
However, students still felt there was an unmet need; students had no way of being represented when the other party to their dispute was Oregon State University itself. Student government addressed this problem and in the year 2000, directed the Office of Legal Advocacy to hire a Student Advocate whose focus was to provide support and guidance to OSU students when they faced a problem with the university or one of its administrative units. In October 2000, the ASOSU government hired Patricia Lacy to become the first Student Advocate within the ASOSU Office of Legal Advocacy.
Student staff in the office developed the original mission for the office. The goal of the office was to provide guidance and related assistance to registered students that have problems with administrative offices, academic departments and programs at Oregon State University. The role of the Advocate is to lobby for students' rights within the university's administrative framework and provide broad-based advocacy for students' rights campus-wide.
Key to the function of the office from its inception have been student interns. Student interns under the leadership of the student advocate, student interns, developed the tradition of the Office. Student interns in the office offer a critical student point of view that allows the office to stay student focused and student centered. The office was created by students for students, and student employees in the office are central to that focus.
Over the next decade, the Office expanded its role in the office through outreach, and partnerships with other institutions on campus. In 2010, the office changed in name to the Office of Advocacy in an effort to distinguish the difference between us and legal services. In the spring of 2015, the office moved into the newly created Student Experience Center. Today, the original purposes and goals of the office are still central to its practice. The office continues to support student’s voices and advocate on their behalf.