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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 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 newsletters on current and topical issues
  • Invitation to attend Rackham Program Review meetings for their programs
  • Eligibility to apply for Diversity Grants for up to $50,000 per year for two years (with possibility of renewal) on behalf of their graduate program (only open to Faculty Allies as one of Principal Investigators)

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
Program First Name Last Name E-mail
Aerospace EngineeringJustinEdmondsonjkedmond@umich.edu
American CultureEvelynAlsultanyalsultan@umich.edu
AnthropologyDamaniPartridgedjpartri@umich.edu
Applied PhysicsRoyClarkeroyc@umich.edu
ArchitectureMiltonCurrymsfcurry@umich.edu
Art and DesignFrancisNunoo-Quarcoofnunoo@umich.edu
Asian Languages and CulturesChristiMerrillmerrillc@umich.edu
Asian Languages and CulturesWilliamBaxterwbaxter@umich.edu
Astronomy and AstrophysicsKerenSharonkerens@umich.edu
Atmospheric, Oceanic and Space SciencesMary AnneCarrollmcarroll@umich.edu
BioinformaticsPhilipAndrewsandrewsp@umich.edu
Biological ChemistryStephenRagsdalesragsdal@umich.edu
Biomedical EngineeringJoeBulljoebull@umich.edu
BiophysicsSarahVeatchsveatch@umich.edu
BiostatisticsLauraScottljst@umich.edu
Business AdministrationDavidWootendbwooten@umich.edu
Cancer BiologySofiaMerajversmerajve@med.umich.edu
Cell and Developmental BiologyMaraDuncanmcduncan@umich.edu
Chemical BiologyAnnaMappamapp@umich.edu
Chemical EngineeringLolaEniola-Adefesololaa@umich.edu
ChemistryNilsWalternwalter@umich.edu
Civil and Environmental EngineeringDimitriosZekkoszekkos@umich.edu
Classical StudiesSaraAhbel-Rapperappe@umich.edu
Combined Program in Education and PsychologyMattDiemerdiemerm@umich.edu
Combined Program in Education and PsychologyStephanieRowleysrowley@umich.edu
Communication StudiesAswinPunathambekaraswinp@umich.edu
Comparative LiteratureRuthTsoffarrtsoffar@umich.edu
Computer Science and EngineeringQuentinStoutqstout@umich.edu
Computer Science and EngineeringValeriaBertaccovale@umich.edu
DentistryJanHujanhu@umich.edu
Earth and Environmental SciencesBrianArbicarbic@umich.edu
Ecology and Evolutionary BiologyJohnVandermeerjvander@umich.edu
Educational StudiesCarlaO'Connorcoconnor@umich.edu
Electrical EngineeringMarkKushnermjkush@umich.edu
English Language & LiteratureLucyHartleylhartl@umich.edu
English Language & LiteratureTomToonttoon@umich.edu
Environmental EngineeringAveryDemondaveryd@umich.edu
Environmental Health SciencesOlivierJollietojolliet@umich.edu
EpidemiologyMarieO'Neillmarieo@umich.edu
Family MedicineCarolineRichardsoncaroli@umich.edu
Genetic Counseling ProgramMonicaMarvinmonicama@med.umich.edu
Germanic Languages and LiteraturesKristinDickinsondickins@umich.edu
Health Behavior and Health EducationAmySchulzajschulz@umich.edu
Health Management and PolicyJerseyLiangjliang@umich.edu
Higher EducationPatriciaKingpatking@umich.edu
HistoryAnthonyMoraapmora@umich.edu
HistoryMatthewCountrymanmcountry@umich.edu
History of ArtTomWillettewillette@umich.edu
Human GeneticsDavidBurkedtburke@umich.edu
ImmunologyMaliniRaghavanmalinir@umich.edu
Industrial and Operations EngineeringMarielLavierilavieri@umich.edu
Information, School ofElizabethYakelyakel@umich.edu
Kinesiology, School ofKetraArmstrongketra@umich.edu
Kinesiology, School ofMarkRosentraubmsrosen@umich.edu
LinguisticsMarlyseBaptistabaptistm@umich.edu
LSA Dean's OfficePaulaHathawayptrail@umich.edu
Macromolecular Science and EngineeringMarkBanaszak Hollmbanasza@umich.edu
Materials Science and EngineeringEmmanouilKioupakiskioup@umich.edu
MathematicsDivakarViswanathdivakar@umich.edu
Mechanical EngineeringEllenArrudaarruda@umich.edu
Microbiology & ImmunologyAkiraOnoakiraono@umich.edu
Molecular and Integrative PhysiologySantiagoSchnellschnells@umich.edu
Molecular, Cellular and Developmental BiologyAnujKumaranujk@umich.edu
Music, Theatre and Dance, School ofJasonGearyjgeary@umich.edu
Natural Resources and Environment, School ofIvettePerfectoperfecto@umich.edu
Near Eastern StudiesGaryBeckmansidd@umich.edu
NeuroscienceRichardAltschulershuler@umich.edu
Nuclear Engineering and Radiological SciencesSaraPozzipozzisa@umich.edu
Nursing, School ofEllenSmithellenls@umich.edu
Nursing, School ofPatriciaColeman-Burnspcb@umich.edu
PharmacologyCarrieFerrarioferrario@umich.edu
Pharmacy/Medicinal ChemistryRonaldWoodardrww@umich.edu
PhilosophyIshaniMaitraimaitra@umich.edu
PhilosophyLauraRuetscheruetsche@umich.edu
PhilosophyPeterRailtonprailton@umich.edu
PhysicsBradOrrorr@umich.edu
Political SciencePaulineJones Luongpjluong@umich.edu
Program in Biomedical SciencesScottBarolosbarolo@umich.edu
PsychologyDeniseSekaquaptewadsekaqua@umich.edu
Public Policy, School ofPaulaLantzplantz@umich.edu
RoboticsJessyGrizzlegrizzle@umich.edu
Romance Languages and LiteraturesTeresaSatterfieldtsatter@umich.edu
Screen Arts and CulturesCandaceMoorecanmoore@umich.edu
Slavic Languages and LiteraturesSofyaKhagiskhagi@umich.edu
Social Work and Social ScienceRogerioPintoropinto@umich.edu
SociologyAlYoungayoun@umich.edu
SociologySarahBurgardburgards@umich.edu
StatisticsKerbySheddenkshedden@umich.edu
Urban and Regional PlanningRichardNortonrknorton@umich.edu
Women’s StudiesNaomiAndrenandre@umich.edu