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.
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.
Bianca Llamas was born in San Bernardino, California. She’s currently a senior at Oregon State pursuing an Economics major with minors 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 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.
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. An aspiring Instagrammer who at times goes by the moniker @snappylens, Hamza is often found chasing light and/or making things, driven by his creative penchant for photography and design.
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.
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.
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.
September 2014 to June 2018
Ryan's four 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 completing an internship with a local state legislator, and plan to attend graduate school in the near future.
September 2014 to June 2018
A member of the OSU graduating class of 2018, Catherine graduated with an Honors Associate in Political Science with 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 American 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.
2013 to 2017
Office of Advocacy has allowed Fermín to advocate and give students a voice during times when they are most vulnerable or need the most. He is now advocating for migrant and homeless youth at a non-profit clinic center in Portland.
2015 to 2017
Mallory is currently working in Washington, D.C. on a special Medicaid 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, she always makes it a goal to truly listen and understand her client’s issues from their perspective, and then help them develop a solution according to their values.
November 2015 to September 2016
Working at the Office of Advocacy helped guide Alishea to be a support for other students at OSU and her current job! It taught her to stand up and advocate for those who often do not get a voice. This has encouraged her in her current job as a Kindergarten Teacher because she must use those advocating skills to advocate for better materials, resources and mentor programs for her kindergarteners.
2013 to 2015
Working at the Office of Advocacy under Patricia Lacy has really opened my eyes to the diversity of students we have on the OSU campus. It has taught me to be less judgmental and more compassionate, knowing that we all see the world from a different perspective. I am currently pursuing a career in Marketing and Media.