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Faculty Allies for Diversity in Graduate Education

In partnership with the Rackham Graduate School, each graduate program is asked to identify at least one faculty member who has shown a commitment to diversity issues and agrees to serve as a part of the Faculty Allies for Diversity in Graduate Education. The Faculty Allies for Diversity is a group of faculty members who work within their programs in collaboration with Rackham’s diversity initiatives on recruitment, admissions, climate, retention, and completion issues. Thus, the Faculty Allies play important leadership roles in their programs and, as a collective, move forward our broader university mission around promoting diversity and excellence.

A primary goal is for Faculty Allies to work collaboratively with their department leadership and other colleagues to identify the diversity issues most relevant in their programs and to plan action steps to address them. Another related goal is for Faculty Allies to serve as one of the “go to” persons on diversity issues in graduate education in their programs, including serving as a resource to their program’s graduate students. That said, while the Ally is an important point-person within her/his department, it is not the intent that the Ally should be solely responsible for “doing all of the diversity” within her/his program. The responsibility for enhancing diversity should be held by all program and university members. But, Allies play critical roles as support and coordinating forces – for instance, they can raise awareness, as well as help lead planning and connecting of diversity activities in their programs.

As the diversity issues and concerns in programs may vary, so do the activities best suited to address them in each Ally’s program. While there is no one set of specific standing responsibilities for all Allies, examples of Ally roles and activities include:

  • Leading and coordinating Diversity Committees in their programs, often made up of faculty, students, and staff
  • Working as a direct support to students, serving as a formal or informal advisor around academic, professional, and/or personal issues in a safe, confidential context
  • Collaborating with student organizations to gather information about program community members’ experiences and concerns
  • Working directly with program leadership to raise awareness, share concerns, and advise around diversity issues
  • Collaborating with various program members—program leadership, faculty, students, staff, and/or alumni—to develop diversity-related activities and innovations related to recruitment, admissions, creating a high quality, inclusive climate, and retention and completion
  • Participating in educational/professional workshops related to effective diversity practices (in recruitment, admissions, teaching and mentoring, etc.); sharing information learned and encouraging participation among faculty colleagues and other program community members
  • Working (often in collaboration with colleagues) to develop a Diversity Grant proposal to support new ideas for enhancing diversity

Furthermore, Rackham offers opportunities to all of the Faculty Allies to help support their respective work, including:

  • Invitations to special meetings and events on campus related to diversity issues, including sharing of useful and effective practices
  • Faculty Allies communication on current and topical issues
  • Invitation to attend Rackham Program Review meetings for their programs
  • Opportunity to apply for the Rackham Faculty Allies Diversity Grant for up to $12,000 per year on behalf of their graduate program

Rackham deans and staff work collaboratively with Allies to keep them informed of diversity-related research, resources, and activities in Rackham and around campus; and we continue to draw on them for good ideas and advice that can be shared across programs. Finally, while much of Allies’ efforts/activities occur within their program communities, another goal is that Faculty Allies will function as a leadership group and learning community, connecting with and drawing on one another for information, ideas and strategies, and support. The names and affiliations of the Faculty Allies for Diversity are listed below.

To learn more about the Faculty Allies program, including becoming an Ally or nominating an Ally for your program, please contact rackfacultyallies@umich.edu.

Directory of Faculty Allies

ProgramFirst NameLast NameEmailUniqname
Aerospace EngineeringTimothySmithtimsmith@umich.edutimsmith
American CultureAmyStillmanakstill@umich.eduakstill
AnthropologyDamaniPartridgedjpartri@umich.edudjpartri
Anthropology and HistoryAlainaLemonamlemon@umich.eduamlemon
Applied & Interdisciplinary MathematicsRobertMegginsonmeggin@umich.edumeggin
Applied & Interdisciplinary MathematicsKarenSmithkesmith@umich.edukesmith
Applied PhysicsCagliyanKurdakkudak@umich.edukurdak
Applied StatisticsBenHansenbbh@umich.edubbh
Applied StatisticsStillianStoevsstoev@umich.edusstoev
Arabic StudiesGaryBeckmansidd@umich.edusidd
ArchitectureMcLainCluttermclainc@umich.edumclainc
ArchitectureClaireZimmermanzimclair@umich.eduzimclair
Art and DesignFrancNunoo-Quarcoofnunoo@umich.edufnunoo
Asian Languages and CulturesWilliamBaxterwbaxter@umich.eduwbaxter
Astronomy and AstrophysicsKerenSharonkerens@umich.edukerens
BioinformaticsAlanBoyleapboyle@umich.eduapboyle
Biological ChemistryKaushikRagunathanragunath@umich.eduragunath
Biological ChemistryNilsWalternwalter@umich.edunwalter
BiophysicsSarahVeatchsveatch@umich.edusveatch
BiostatisticsLauraScottljst@umich.eduljst
Business and EconomicsCarolynYoonyoonc@umich.eduyoonc
Business AdministrationCarolynYoonyoonc@umich.eduyoonc
Business, Ross School ofBradleyKillalykillaly@umich.edukillaly
Cancer BiologyCoreySpeerscspeers@umich.educspeers
Cell and Developmental BiologyMaraDuncanmcduncan@umich.edumcduncan
Cellular & Molecular BiologyBenjaminAllenbenallen@umich.edubenallen
Chemical BiologyAnnaMappamapp@umich.eduamapp
Chemical EngineeringLolaEniola-Adefesololaa@umich.edulolaa
ChemistryNilsWalternwalter@umich.edunwalter
Civil and Environmental EngineeringDimitriosZekkoszekkos@umich.eduzekkos
Classical Art and ArchaeologySaraForsdykeforsdyke@umich.eduforsdyke
Classical StudiesSaraForsdykeforsdyke@umich.eduforsdyke
Climate and Space Sciences and EngineeringAmyPaiamypai@umich.eduamypai
Climate and Space Sciences and EngineeringAllisonSteineralsteine@umich.edualsteine
Clinical ResearchVickiEllingrodvellingr@umich.eduvellingr
Clinical Pharmacy Translational SciencesAmyPaiamypai@umich.eduamypai
Combined Program in Education and PsychologyRonaCarterronac@umich.eduronac
Combined Program in Education and PsychologyStephanieRowleysrowley@umich.edusrowley
Communication StudiesStuartSorokassoroka@umich.edussoroka
Comparative LiteratureRuthTsoffarrtsoffar@umich.edurtsoffar
Computer Science and EngineeringQuentinStoutqstout@umich.eduqstout
Computer Science and EngineeringWestelyWeimerweimerw@umich.eduweimerw
Creative WritingVanJordanavjordan@umich.eduavjordan
Data ScienceIvoDinovdinov@umich.edudinov
DentistryVesaKaartinenvesak@umich.eduvesak
Dentistry Master's ProgramsToddEstertvester@umich.edutvester
Design ScienceColleenSeifertseifert@umich.eduseifert
Earth and Environmental SciencesSelenaSmithsysmith@umich.edusysmith
Ecology and Evolutionary BiologyJohnVandermeerjvander@umich.edujvander
EconomicsJustinWolfersjwolfers@umich.edujwolfers
Educational StudiesCarlaO'Connorcoconnor@umich.educoconnor
Electrical and Computer EngineeringMarkKushnermjkush@umich.edumjkush
Electrical and Computer EngineeringHerbertWinfularrays@umich.eduarrays
English Language and LiteraturePetraKupperspetra@umich.edupetra
English & EducationThomasToonttoon@umich.eduttoon
Environment and Sustainability, School ofIvanEastinieastin@umich.eduieastin
Environmental EngineeringAveryDemondaveryd@umich.eduaveryd
Environmental Health SciencesThomasRobinstrobins@umich.edutrobins
EpidemiologyMarieO'Neillmarieo@umich.edumarieo
Genetic Counseling ProgramMonicaMarvinmonicama@med.umich.edumonicama
Germanic Languages and LiteraturesKristinDickinsondickins@umich.edudickins
Greek and Roman HistorySaraForsdykeforsdyke@umich.eduforsdyke
Health and Health Care ResearchCarolineRichardsoncaroli@umich.educaroli
Health Behavior and Health EducationAmySchulzajschulz@umich.eduajschulz
Health Infrastructures and Learning SystemsCherylMoyercamoyer@umich.educamoyer
Health Management and PolicyJerseyLiangjliang@umich.edujliang
Health Services Organization & PolicyDanielEisenbergdaneis@umich.edudaneis
Higher EducationPatriciaKingpatking@umich.edupatking
HistoryJasonYoungyoungjr@umich.edumcountry
History of ArtJenniferRobertsonjennyrob@umich.edujennyrob
Human GeneticsDavidBurkedtburke@umich.edudtburke
ImmunologyMaliniRaghavanmalinir@umich.edumalinir
ImmunologyKanakadurgaSingerksinger@umich.eduksinger
Industrial and Operations EngineeringMarielLavierilavieri@umich.edulavieri
Information, School ofElizabethYakelyakel@umich.eduyakel
International and Regional StudiesDanSlaterdnsltr@umich.edu
Integrative DesignFrancNunoo-Quarcoofnunoo@umich.edufnunoo
Kinesiology, School ofKetraArmstrongketra@umich.eduketra
LinguisticsMarlyseBaptistabaptistm@umich.edubaptistm
LSA Dean's OfficePaulaHathawayptrail@umich.eduptrail
Macromolecular Science and EngineeringGeetaMehtamehtagee@umich.edumehtagee
Materials Science and EngineeringGeetaMehtamehtagee@umich.edumehtagee
MathematicsRobertMegginsonmeggin@umich.edumeggin
MathematicsKarenSmithkesmith@umich.edukesmith
Mechanical EngineeringKarlGroshgrosh@umich.edugrosh
Medical Scientist Training Program (MSTP)JuanitaMerchantmerchanj@umich.edumerchanj
Microbiology and ImmunologyAkiraOnoakiraono@umich.eduakiraono
Middle East StudiesShacharPinskerspinsker@umich.eduspinsker
Modern Middle Eastern & North African StudiesSamer MahdyAlisamerali@umich.edusamerali
Molecular and Integrative PhysiologyJimoBorjiginborjigin@umich.eduborjigin
Molecular, Cellular and Developmental BiologyAnujKumaranujk@umich.eduanujk
Music, Theatre and Dance, School ofGabrielaCruzggcruz@umich.eduggcruz
Naval Architecture and Marine EngineeringPingshaDongdongp@umich.edudpngp
NeuroscienceKeithDuncanrkduncan@umich.edurkduncan
Nuclear Engineering and Radiological SciencesSaraPozzipozzisa@umich.edupozzisa
Nursing, School ofPatriciaColeman-Burnspcb@umich.edupcb
Nursing, School ofRushikaPatelrushika@umich.edurushika
Ophthalmology and Visual SciencesShahzadMiansmian@umich.edusmian
Pharmaceutical SciencesAnnaSchwendemanannaschw@umich.eduannaschw
PharmacologyCarrieFerrarioferrario@umich.eduferrario
Pharmacy/Medicinal ChemistryHeatherCarlsoncarlsonh@umich.educarlsonh
PhilosophyIshaniMaitraimaitra@umich.eduimaitra
PhilosophyLauraRuetscheruetsche@umich.eduruetsche
PhysicsRoyClarkroyc@umich.eduroyc
Political ScienceTedBradertbrader@umich.edutbrader
Program in Biomedical SciencesScottBarolosbarolo@umich.edusbarolo
PsychologyJacquelineMattisjmattis@umich.edujmattis
Public Policy, Ford School ofNatashaPilkauskasnpilkaus@umich.edunpilkaus
Public Policy, Ford School ofStephanieLeiserschmidts@umich.eduschmidts
RoboticsJessyGrizzlegrizzle@umich.edugrizzle
Romance Languages and LiteraturesTeresaSatterfieldtsatter@umich.edutsatter
Screen Arts and CulturesConlinGunckelgunckel@umich.edugunckel
Slavic Languages and LiteraturesSofyaKhagiskhagi@umich.eduskhagi
Social Work and Social ScienceAddieWeaverweaverad@umich.eduweaverad
SociologySarahBurgardburgards@umich.eduburgards
SociologyAlYoungayoun@umich.eduayoun
StatisticsKerbySheddenkshedden@umich.edukshedden
StatisticsStillianStoevsstoev@umich.edusstoev
Survey MethodologySungheeLeesungheel@umich.edusungheel
ToxicologyThomasRobinstrobins@umich.edutrobins
Urban and Regional PlanningJoeGrengsgrengs@umich.edugrengs
Urban and Regional PlanningRichardNortonrknorton@umich.edurknorton
Women’s StudiesRuthTsoffarrtsoffar@umich.edurtsoffar
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