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Ambassadors are current HALE Doctoral students who are available to answer your questions about the HALE program and MSU. Please contact any of the students listed below if you are interested in exploring the program from a student's point of view.


Kristy Dumont


Kristy is a third-year PhD student in HALE. She works full-time in the College of Education at MSU as the Assistant Director for Student Affairs. During her 12 years in student affairs administration she has worked at three public universities in orientation, admissions and academic advising.


Kristy highly values ongoing professional development and is actively involved in several professional organizations, such as the National Academic Advising Association (NACADA) and the Michigan Academic Advising Association (MIACADA), where she serves on the regional conference planning committees. She earned her M.Ed. in Higher Education Administration & Student Personnel at Kent State University and her B.A. in English from Oakland University. Kristy lives with her wife and pets in Lansing, MI. In her spare time she enjoys activities with her Great Dane, watching movies, and spending time with friends and family.


Aaron Einfeld


Aaron is a part time student in the HALE PhD program and is midway through coursework. Aaron lives and works in Grand Rapids, MI which means he commutes to East Lansing for class (~ 1.25 hours each way). Additionally, Aaron is married and has two young children. With a student affairs background that includes service learning, community engagement and residence life, Aaron currently serves as a program manager for the Enrollment Management Division at Calvin College. Aaron’s research interests include experiential learning, educational technology, and residential liberal arts colleges.


Stefan Fletcher


Stefan is a fifth-year PhD student from Watford, England. Stefan has a law degree from Michigan State University (MSU) and obtained his bachelor's degree from the University of Wisconsin-Superior. For the past 4 years, Stefan has served as the President of the MSU Council of Graduate Students, the student governance group that represents the over 11,000 graduate & professional students at the university. Over the past few years, Stefan has had the opportunity to work in several different settings including the State of Michigan Governor's Office of Legal Counsel, the State of Michigan Attorney General's Office, the University of Wisconsin-System President's Office, the MSU Office of General Counsel, and the MSU Office of Governmental Affairs. Stefan's research interests include university presidents and governance issues. Stefan also likes to watch both types of football, keep up with current events and meeting new people.


Claire Gonyo


Claire is a sixth year full-time student in the HALE PhD program. Before attending MSU Claire worked professionally in two residence life positions (Alfred University and University of South Florida) and at Penn State's LGBTA Student Resource Center. For her first two years as a HALE student she was the graduate assistant for MSU's LBGT Resource Center and has since worked as a research assistant for Dr. Brendan Cantwell, a HALE faculty member. Claire's research interests generally relate to equity and diversity; her dissertation focuses on Black gay men and sense of belonging at predominantly White institutions.


Qiana Green


Qiana is a fourth year full-time student in the HALE PhD program. She holds a Bachelors degree in Sociology and a Masters degree in Counseling, both from MSU. Before returning to MSU, Qiana worked professionally as a Residence Hall Director (DePaul University) and as an Academic Advisor (Loyola University Chicago). For her first three years in the HALE program, she held an assistantship in Residence Education and Housing Services first as an Assistant Community Director and then the Graduate Assistant for Diversity and Inclusion. She currently serves as the Graduate Assistant for the Institute for Research on Teaching and Learning (IRTL) in the College of Education. Qiana's research interests generally relate to equity, diversity, and inclusion in higher education; specifically, she is interested in examining how Black women's intersecting identities influence their experiences in higher education.


Graham McKeague


Graham is a fourth year part-time student in the HALE program. He is originally from Northern Ireland and completed his undergraduate studies at the University of St Andrews (Scotland) before moving to the US. He currently works in the Graduate Admissions Office as the Director of Admissions at Cornerstone University in Grand Rapids, MI. Graham’s work with graduate students and educational administration led to his interest in the HALE program. He also teaches online as an adjunct professor. His main areas of interest within higher education focus on international higher education, cross-cultural teaching and learning, and online education. In his spare time Graham also enjoys sports, travel, and playing guitar.

If you have general questions, please contact the HALE program directly.

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