The Office of Diversity and Inclusion works with the Maryville University community to make our campus a welcoming place for everyone. We play an important role in furthering the University’s strategic plan regarding diversity and inclusion through recruitment, student support, campus programming, collaborating with other departments, and building community partnerships.
Message from the Director
On behalf of the entire staff, Welcome to the Office of Diversity and Inclusion. Our mission is to create an inclusive campus environment for all students, faculty, and staff. We do this by creating opportunities for students to gain real-life, hands-on developmental experiences, through student organizations, programs, and workshops that focus on cultural engagement, cultural education, cultural development, while continuously developing campus partnerships and the campus environment.
We are passionate about diversity, inclusion, social justice, and the development of individuals. Our goal is to develop critical thinkers and inclusive leaders that are forward-thinking and prepared to work in a diverse world. We invite you to engage and participate in the various opportunities to assist you with having a rich and diverse experience.
The Office of Diversity and Inclusion is in the Donius University Center, in the Center for Student Engagement. Please come by to engage and continue your development as a Saint.
We hope to see you soon!
Dr. Ashley Storman (she/her)
Director, Office of Diversity and Inclusion
Dr. Ashley Storman was born and raised in Davenport, Iowa. Dr. Storman received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Criminology in 2007 and her Master of Arts in Education with an emphasis in Post-Secondary Education: Student Affairs in 2009, both from the University of Northern Iowa. In 2019 Dr. Storman obtained her Doctor of Education (Ed.D) in Higher Education Leadership with a Teaching emphasis from Maryville University. Dr. Storman’s study is titled: Paving the Path in Student Affairs: A Strategic Roadmap for Rising African American Women Leaders in the 21st Century. Dr. Storman is a current fellow of the St. Louis Business Diversity Initiative Leadership Program.
In her role, she leads the Office of Diversity and Inclusion to reassure the office programs and efforts promote the University Strategic Plan of Diversity and Inclusiveness. Dr. Storman’s mission is to implement and develop programs and strategies that assist students holistically at the post-secondary level.
Maricella Reyes is originally from Midland, Michigan, and began her higher education journey at Central Michigan University. She earned her Bachelor of Applied Arts in Recreation and Event Management in 2016, and her Master of Arts in Higher Education Administration in 2018. In her role at Maryville, she serves as the advisor for the Association of Black Collegians, Hawaiian Asian Pacific Islander Association, Inclusion at Maryville, Latinx Student Alliance, Maryville University Gender and Sexuality Alliance student organizations and Leaders for Equity, Advancement and Diversity (L.E.A.D.), a council made up of students who have an executive role in a cultural or social awareness student group on campus. She also supports the University’s strategic plan and initiatives focused on diversity and inclusion through educational programming and helping maintain community partnerships with Girls Inc. and the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce of St. Louis. Maricella is very excited to join the Maryville team, and she looks forward to working with the community to advance diversity and unity through education and mentorship.
Chinyere Turner (she/her) hails from Okinawa, Japan – Kadena Air Force Base. Moving from Okinawa to St. Louis, Chinyere attended Maryville University, graduating in 2017 with a Bachelor’s degree in History and English and a minor in Secondary Education. As a Maryville alumni Chinyere exemplifies the characteristics of a Maryville graduate and has always valued global and cultural consciousness.
Chinyere is happy to continue her professional career under the Office of Diversity & Inclusion. Chinyere’s role as Program Coordinator for the Multicultural Scholars Program is to assist students in becoming inclusive leaders and promoting an inclusive campus.
Along with being a Program Coordinator, Chinyere is a 1st Lieutenant in the United States Army Reserves.
Chinyere is also a more recent alumnus of the University of Missouri St. Louis, earning a Master’s in Higher Education Administration.
Center for Student Engagement / Donius University Center