Dean’s DEI Advisory Council

Michael Alvarez

Term: 2017-2023
President and CEO, Diverse Supplier and Workforce Solutions

“I am serving on the Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Council because it presents a platform to provide my insight and experience regarding the powerful impact of diversity and inclusion.  I also have a great passion for positively impacting college students, and I believe an environment of diversity plays an important role in their overall success.”

Michelle Andersen

Term: 2017-2023
Partner, Managing Director, Boston Consulting Group

“I am serving on the Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Council because working in highly technical fields for the last 20 years, I have found it rewarding and imperative that we continue to focus on improving diversity and inclusion across corporate, social and educational environments. My membership on this council represents a key way to achieve this.”

Crystal E. Ashby – Chair

Term: 2017-2023
Executive Vice President and Cheif People Officer, Independence Health Group, Genesys Works (National), and secretary of the board of the Holocaust Museum Houston.

Ruth Bishop

Term: 2017-2023
Sector Vice President, Global Mission Excellence and Technology, Northrop Grumman Technology Services

“I am serving on the Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Council because diversity, equity and inclusion drive thought leadership which is a catalyst to an innovative culture for growth.”

Marcus Collins

Term: 2017-2023
Senior Vice President of Social Engagement, Doner Advertising; Lecturer of Marketing, Stephen J. Ross School of Business; Co-Director, Yaffe Initiative

“I am serving on the Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Council because as an alumnus of the CoE and repeated past participant in the Summer Engineering Academy at the University of Michigan, I am invested in the evolution of the College’s commitment to diversity and inclusion. I benefited greatly from those who contributed to this great work before and now it is my responsibility to do the same for someone else.  I consider it an honor to serve.”

Kate Margolese

Term: 2017-2023
Chief Marketing Officer, Perkins School For The Blind

“I am serving on the Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Council because I believe in diversity and inclusion across organizations whether school, employment or community-based. I believe a focus on diversity and inclusion at a prestigious university like U of M can have profound benefits for the students and alumni as well as serve as a model for other institutions.”

Ronald D. McNeil

Term: 2018-2024
President & CEO Great Ball of Light, Inc. (GBL)
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“I am serving on the Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Council because it presents a platform to provide my insight and experience regarding the powerful impact of diversity and inclusion.  I also have a great passion for positively impacting college students, and I believe an environment of diversity plays an important role in their overall success.”

Karl W. Reid

Term: 2017-2023
Executive Director, National Society of Black Engineers

“I am serving on the Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Council because when the topic of diversity is raised in mixed settings, the conversation often becomes polarized along demographic and ideological lines.  For organizations to thrive, they must foster an inclusive climate, one in which every student, faculty, staff member, and manager, regardless of the demographic from which they come or with which they identify, can feel they can bring their whole selves into the university and the workplace. In short, I am interested in participating on the Board to contribute to, and learn from the process of operationalizing the aspiration of a truly inclusive campus at scale.”

Mike Rhodin

Term: 2018-2024
Independent Director

“I am serving on the Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Council because as a long time advocate for removing gender bias in the workplace, I have fought for equality across the genders (regardless of race). While some progress has been made, much more is to be done. While at IBM I was also co-chair of the persons with disabilities forum working to eliminate boundaries for talent across the company. And, as the proud parent of a gay son, I am equally focused on enabling the rights of the LBTQIA+ community. Our country and our university have a responsibility to enable ALL people to compete on an equal playing field…and right now we have much to do in order to live up to that responsibility.”

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Susan Schmitt

Term: 2017-2023
Group Vice President , Human Resources, Applied Materials

“I am serving on the Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Council because I am passionate about creating organizations that want to create inclusive cultures in which everyone has the opportunity to do their best work.”

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Angela Thompkins

Term: 2020-2023
Vice President and Chief Diversity Officer, Consumers Energy

“I stand bold and unapologetic in my truth and am committed to helping others do the same! Whether it’s the courtroom, coworkers, candidates or community, advocating for others is my passion.”

Bevlee Watford

Term: 2017-2023
ASEE President, Associate Dean for Academic Affairs; Professor of Engineering Education in the College of Engineering, Virginia Tech

“I am serving on the Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Council because our institutions are very similar and we (Virginia Tech) consider the University of Michigan’s College of Engineering to be a peer institution.  I believe there is much I can learn from UMich and also feel that there is much I can share regarding inclusion and diversity activities and perspectives.”