simone staley, M.Ed.

Meet with simone

To schedule a meeting with Simone, please email her.

Departments and Programs

Multicultural Student Services,, Ethnic Student Center


Warm greetings WWU community! I am so excited to return to the Western community.

My name is simone-calais staley and I use She & Her pronouns. I am an alumna of Western and studied Recreation Management & Leadership program (Lifetime Member of Phase 5). I also studied Environmental Education (Huxley Spring Block) and completed a minor with Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies with a focus on Queer Indigenous Theories. During my time here from 2008-2012, I was involved in many campus programs including Residence Life and the Ethnic Student Center (ESC). I was active student with the Native American Student Union (NASU) and the development of the Pride Affinity housing program. As a staff member I approach my work through critical theories and identity development models. My passions include indigenizing education, consensus-based community development, advocacy & civic engagement, and leadership development through autonomy and sovereignty.

My family is from outside of Lewiston, Idaho and I am a proud mixed-race nimiipuu (Nez-Perce) woman. I have previously worked at WWU, University of Washington, Seattle University, and the University of Alaska Anchorage. I honor the land and peoples each place I have lived and worked. I practice being a global citizen and I acknowledge my responsibility as a tenant of earth. I am grateful to our custodians here and I raise my hands in gratitude to the Nooksack and the Lummi. I have many hopes for our growing campus community, and I am committed to the legacy and future of Multicultural Student Services and the Ethnic Student Center.

Please come by the Multicultural Center in the union to visit me! I would be happy to support you, get involved in events on campus, or contribute to cross-campus projects. You might see me walking through campus or the sx̣ʷiʔám̕ (Sehome Arboretum). I am here to support the amazing work within the Multicultural Student Services including the Ethnic Student Center, Blue Resource Center, Black Student Coalition and the development of the Latin(e) Center.