Staff | Office of Diversity & Inclusion | SIU College of Business and Analytics

Southern Illinois University




The Office of Diversity and Inclusion has a unique group of individuals dedicated to ensuring that students of all backgrounds have the resources available to be successful at the university setting and beyond. Together, ODI staff works to enhance each student’s college experience by providing programs to help meet the social, cultural, and educational needs of currently enrolled minority students. Their efforts positively influence the matriculation and graduation rates of these students.

Jennifer Butler

Director of Diversity and Inclusion

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Jennifer Butler hails from the great state of Texas and joined the Office of Diversity and Inclusion after living abroad in Taiwan for several years. She has a Ph.D. in Asia-Pacific Studies and her research field is financial literacy and education. She has a master’s degree in International Relations and a bachelor’s degree in Political Science. Being new to the area and SIU, Jennifer enjoys meeting new people and discovering walking trails to explore with her yellow lab.

Conner Bruckner

Office Assistant

Conner Bruckner is from a suburb outside of Chicago called Naperville. He is majoring in Accounting and is expected to graduate in May 2023. Outside of school, Conner is involved in the community by participating in an organization called V.I.T.A., where he helps locals complete their tax returns. Conner spends his time watching sports, working out, and watching movies.

Kamaria Harmon

Office Assistant

Kamaria was born and raised on Chicago’s north side, in a suburb known as Evanston. For the last three years she has attended SIUC, residing in Carbondale, and expects to graduate in May 2023. Kamaria is pursuing a double major in Journalism with a specialization in news-editorial and Fashion with a concentration in styling. She is also working towards a minor in Hospitality, Tourism, and Event Management. This is her first official semester as a University Honor student. She joined the honoros program to connect and work with like-minded peers. In her spare time, she spends evenings either practicing with her dance RSO, Fatal Fusion, or outside on the field practicing Rugby on an intramural team. Kamaria loves to get involved on campus by helping out at fairs, participating in the Big Event (helping out non-profit organizations), or simply by assisting classmates with basic needs in any way. She plans to explore career options after graduation and become a flight attendant for about a year, while building a writers’ portfolio and seeking out other creative projects. Kamaria aspires to create her own lifestyle magazine, emphasizing beauty, fashion, and self-care.

Symone Irving

Office Assistant

Symone Irving is from St. Louis, Missouri. She is currently majoring in Exercise Science with a minor in psychology. Her goal is to become a reliable Team Physician for athletes in the future. A few things she enjoys are cooking, playing with her bulldog, binge watch good series and experiments. Symone plans to graduate with her bachelor degree in Fall 2023. She is involved in Black Affairs Council and enjoys finding new opportunities to help on campus or gain information from it. Besides working in ODI, she also works at Rainbow's End, which is also therapeutic for her because she loves children. She hopes to someday play a role in the world which makes a positive impact and then she will gladly say, "I am SIU Saluki Alumni".

Michael Pennick

Office Assistant

Michael Pennick is from the south suburbs of Chicago. He is majoring in Financial Management and is expected to graduate in May of 2023. He also plans to pursue his master's degree as well in Finance or Business Management. He enjoys going on road trips and spending time with friends and family. He also plans to one day create a Real Estate business in several states across the east and west coasts.

Christopher Rouse II

Office Assistant

Christopher Rouse II is from the south suburbs of Chicago. Christopher is in his sophomore year majoring in Marketing planning to graduate in 2024. Upon graduation Christopher hopes to take his understanding of Marketing, and use it in the world of sports. With a focus of providing help to businesses in his community who are trying to expand their brand and mission. In his free time you can find Christopher either playing sports or reading.