Meet Our Team

Dr. Ye (Solar) Hong (she/her/hers)
Director of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

Dr. Hong previously served as the coordinator for graduate students and international students at Ohio University. There she connected students to university resources and contributed to creating a safe space for underrepresented groups on campus.

Dr. Hong has a bachelor’s degree in English for international finance from Guangdong University of Foreign Studies in China, graduated from the dual master program in sports administration and business administration at Ohio University. Dr. Hong earned her doctoral degree in Higher Education from Ohio University as well.

Dr. Hong uses the English name “Solar,” as she wants to deliver her “solar power” to the people around.


Rilee Michaelson (she/her/hers)
Sophomore. Major: Health and Physical Education.
Scheduling & Facility Management

This is Rilee’s first year working at the Center for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion, taking care of scheduling and facility management. Rilee comes from Park Rapids, MN and has loved the college experience so far, enjoying getting to know others. In high school, Rilee was a three-sport athlete and learned lots of life lessons along the way. Rilee is majoring in Health and Physical Education and is part of the BSU volleyball team. Outside of school, Rilee enjoys coaching others, being outside, and spending time with friends and family.


Josie Kyle (they/them/theirs)
Major: Mass Communication.
Event Operations

Josie is a third-year student at BSU, and is their first year working at the Center for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion as a pre-professional staff for event operations. Josie moved to Bemidji between second and third grade and ever since they’ve been proud to call this community home. Their hobbies include music, art, and writing! Josie hopes to do their part in ensuring that BSU is a safe place for every student to grow and learn, no matter what their background is.

Madison Weyker (she/her/hers)

Sophomore. Major: Social Work and Political Science with an emphasis in Pre-Law.
Social Media Management

This is Madison’s second year working at the center, and she has loved all the experiences that she has had. Madison assists to manage the social media accounts for the Center and helps to create the graphics and posters for our Center. She is also a student-athlete on the volleyball team at BSU.