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Faculty Allies for Diversity in Graduate Education

In partnership with the Rackham Graduate School, each Ph.D. program is asked to identify at least one faculty member agreeing 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 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 support 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. Thus, there is no one set of specific standing responsibilities for all Allies. However, there are a few opportunities that Rackham offers all of the Faculty Allies to help support their respective work:

  • Invitations to meetings and events on campus related to diversity issues, including Ally sharing of useful and effective practices
  • Faculty Allies newsletters on current and topical issues
  • Invitation to attend Rackham Program Review meetings for their programs
  • Eligibility to apply for special grant money (only open to Faculty Allies as one of Principal Investigators)

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
Program First Name Last Name E-mail
American CultureBrandiHughesbshughes@umich.edu
AnthropologyDamaniPartridgedjpartri@umich.edu
Applied PhysicsRoyClarkeroyc@umich.edu
ArchitectureMiltonCurrymsfcurry@umich.edu
Art and DesignFrancisNunoo-Quarcoofnunoo@umich.edu
Asian Languages and CulturesChristiMerrillmerrillc@umich.edu
Astronomy and AstrophysicsElenaGalloegallo@umich.edu
Atmospheric, Oceanic and Space SciencesMary AnneCarrollmcarroll@umich.edu
BioinformaticsPhilipAndrewsandrewsp@umich.edu
Biological ChemistryAnneVojtekavojtek@umich.edu
Biomedical EngineeringJoeBulljoebull@umich.edu
Business AdministrationDavidWootendbwooten@umich.edu
Cellular and Molecular Biology and ImmunologySantiagoSchnellschnells@umich.edu
ChemistryNilsWalternwalter@umich.edu
Civil and Environmental EngineeringDimitriosZekkoszekkos@umich.edu
Classical StudiesPaoloAssopasso@umich.edu
Combined Program in Education and PsychologyAllisonRyanaliryan@umich.edu
Comparative LiteratureRuthTsoffarrtsoffar@umich.edu
Computer Science and EngineeringValeriaBertaccovale@umich.edu
Computer Science and EngineeringQuentinStoutqstout@umich.edu
DentistryJanHujanhu@umich.edu
Earth and Environmental SciencesUdoBeckerubecker@umich.edu
Ecology and Evolutionary BiologyJohnVandermeerjvander@umich.edu
Educational StudiesCarlaO'Connorcoconnor@umich.edu
Electrical EngineeringMarkKushnermjkush@umich.edu
English Language & LiteratureTheresaTinkletinkle@umich.edu
Environmental EngineeringAveryDemondaveryd@umich.edu
Environmental Health SciencesOlivierJollietojolliet@umich.edu
EpidemiologyMarieO'Neillmarieo@umich.edu
Health Behavior and Health EducationCleoCaldwellcleoc@umich.edu
Health Management and PolicyJerseyLiangjliang@umich.edu
Higher EducationBettyOvertonboverton@umich.edu
HistoryMatthewCountrymanmcountry@umich.edu
History of ArtMartyPowersmpow@umich.edu
Human GeneticsDavidBurkedtburke@umich.edu
ImmunologyMaliniRaghavenmalinir@umich.edu
Industrial and Operations EngineeringMarielLavierilavieri@umich.edu
Information, School ofElizabethYakelyakel@umich.edu
Kinesiology, School ofMarkRosentraubmsrosen@umich.edu
Kinesiology, School ofKetraArmstrongketra@umich.edu
LinguisticsMarlyseBaptistabaptistm@umich.edu
Literature,Science, and the Arts, College ofPaulaHathawayptrail@umich.edu
Macromolecular Science and EngineeringRobertZandrzand@umich.edu
Materials Science and EngineeringEmmanouilKioupakiskioup@umich.edu
MathematicsDivakarViswanathdivakar@umich.edu
MathematicsAlejandroUribeuribe@umich.edu
Microbiology & ImmunologyAkiraOnoakiraono@umich.edu
Molecular & Integrative PhysiologySantiagoSchnellschnells@umich.edu
Molecular, Cellular and Developmental BiologyJanineMaddockmaddock@umich.edu
Music, Theatre and Dance, School ofDanielWashingtondawash@umich.edu
Natural Resources and Environment, School ofIvettePerfectoperfecto@umich.edu
NeuroscienceLoisWeismanlweisman@umich.edu
Nuclear Engineering and Radiological SciencesSaraPozzipozzisa@umich.edu
Nursing, School ofSusanPresslerspressle@umich.edu
PhilosophyIshaniMaitraimaitra@umich.edu
PhilosophyPeterRailtonprailton@umich.edu
PhilosophyLauraRuetscheruetsche@umich.edu
Political SciencePaulineJones Luongpjluong@umich.edu
Program in Biomedical SciencesVictorDiRitavdirita@umich.edu
PsychologyDeniseSekaquaptewadsekaqua@umich.edu
Public Policy, School ofElisabethGerberergerber@umich.edu
Romance Languages and LiteraturesLarryLa Fountain-Stokeslawrlafo@umich.edu
Screen Arts and CulturesCandaceMoorecanmoore@umich.edu
Slavic Languages and LiteraturesSofyaKhagiskhagi@umich.edu
Social Work and Social ScienceLethaChadihalethac@umich.edu
Social Work and Social ScienceLorraineGutierrezlorraing@umich.edu
SociologySarahBurgardburgards@umich.edu
StatisticsKerbySheddenkshedden@umich.edu
Urban and Regional PlanningJuneThomasthomasju@umich.edu
Urban and Regional PlanningRichardNortonrknorton@umich.edu
Women’s StudiesVictorMendozavmendoza@umich.edu