Meet the Staff

Nina Barudzic

Dr. Nina Barudzic
Director, Multicultural Programs

Pronouns: she/her/hers

The Director of Multicultural Programs provides leadership and support for the establishment and achievement of retention initiatives, develops programs that serve the needs of diverse student populations, and promotes academic enhancement efforts in support of the mission of the University.

Dr. Nina Barudzic completed her doctoral studies in Higher Education and Student Affairs at Bowling Green State University in May 2022. She is extremely passionate about diversity, creating inclusive and equitable spaces and advocating for marginalized students. She has over four years of experience working in Multicultural Affairs. She enjoys "teaching and working on challenging projects that push the needle for students' success."

When Dr. Barudzic has free time, she plays tennis and enjoys time with her family and friends.

Shy Wells

Shy Wells, MSW
Assistant Director, Multicultural Programs/LGBTQ+ Student Services

Pronouns: she/they

The Assistant Director of Multicultural Programs for LGBTQ+ Student Services focuses on the development of the LGBTQ+ Safe Zone Training Program, advising LGBTQ+ and Cultural student organizations, and the Heritage Months Series.

A local Springfieldian, Shy completed a bachelor’s degree in May 2022 and master's degree in May 2023, both from the social work programs right here at Missouri State University. Shy brings experience advising, advocating for LGBTQ students and families, and building relationships within the Springfield community. Additionally, Wells has previously worked in psychiatric care supporting teens and young adults in mental health crises by scheduling, facilitating group therapy, and providing resources for aftercare. They have earned certificates in Trauma-Informed Care, ABA Therapy, Crisis Intervention, and Group Therapy.

Graduate Assistants

Graduate Assistant Riley Brady

Riley Brady
LGBTQ+ Student Services Graduate Assistant


Tylea Wilson

Tylea Wilson
Multicultural Programs Graduate Assistant