Education

William Spraggins, NAME BSE Student, attends EnginTaks: DEI Culture Shift remotely while seated in the Fireside Café in the Pierpont Commons on North Campus of the University of Michigan
William Spraggins, NAME BSE Student, attends EnginTaks: DEI Culture Shift remotely while seated in the Fireside Café in the Pierpont Commons on North Campus of the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, MI on October 8, 2020. At the event, initiatives to educate faculty, staff, and students on systemic racism and how to create an inclusive environment were announced. Photo: Joseph Xu/Michigan Engineering, Communications & Marketing

Race, ethnicity, unconscious bias and inclusion education

We’ve launched – or are working toward launching – sustained, pervasive education around issues of race, ethnicity, unconscious bias and inclusion required for everyone in engineering – students, faculty and staff.

Five community teams developed proposals to bring DEI education and awareness, with an initial focus on race and ethnicity, to all persons in the CoE community:

  • Undergraduate students 
    • Content on identity, systemic anti-black racism, and other forms of exclusion in the context of STEM and engineering design will be integrated into the existing curriculum where appropriate, and a new required course will be developed that will examine historical context and societal impact, particularly with regard to STEM practice.
  • Graduate students and postdocs
    • Expanded professional development opportunities that include education and skills development on race, ethnicity, and other DEI topics to prepare participants for their professional environments.
  • Faculty
    • Establish and maintain a continuing education program for all College of Engineering faculty on racial equity, inclusive teaching, and broader DEI issues.
  • Staff
    • Create a professional development system for staff focused on anti-racism; ethnicity issues; social justice; and communication skills needed to develop and maintain an equitable, diverse and inclusive environment.
  • Our community at large
    • Change it Up to Stop Anti-Black Racism bystander intervention workshop will help participants develop skills to create an environment that rejects anti-black racism

Feedback and data from pilot programs run throughout the 2020-21 academic year informed the plans developed by the DEI Implementation Committee in collaboration with the Dean’s Office and coordinated teams.

Community Teams

Faculty Community Team

  • Carol Lagemann
  • Cynthia Finelli
  • Herek Clack
  • Heidi Sherick
  • Kathleen D. Klinich
  • Kathleen Sevener
  • Lisa Campbell
  • Mark Moldwin
  • Nicole Heffernan
  • Chinedum Okwudire
  • Pauline Khan
  • Ken Powell
  • Sara Pozzi
  • Tershia Pinder-Grover (co-chair)
  • Michael Wellman (co-chair)
  • Rose Moya (project manager)
  • Atisha Vaughan-Shaw (business analyst)
  • Bradley Whitehouse (communications)

Materials for engagement: Lyonel Milton, Akesha Moore

Staff Community Team

  • Chanda Doxie
  • Edward Brock
  • Elizabeth Fisher
  • Heather Guenther
  • John Rodriquez
  • Kelly Cormier
  • Kyle Oberle
  • Thomas Knox
  • Paula Vinales-Bowman
  • Deborah Mero (co-chair)
  • Heidi Sherick (co-chair)
  • Rose Moya (project manager)
  • Atisha Vaughan-Shaw (business analyst)
  • Zachary Robertson (communications)

Undergraduate Community Team

  • Ashli Wilson
  • Alison Bailey
  • Emmett Springer
  • Karl Grosh
  • Harsh Jhaveri
  • Kathleen Sevener
  • Lyonel Milton
  • Mark Moldwin
  • Ravynne Jenkins
  • Karen Revill
  • Kate McAlpine
  • Sabrina Kim
  • Steven Skerlos
  • Shanna Daly
  • Blaire Tinker
  • John Callewaert (co-chair)
  • Joanna Millunchick (co-chair)
  • Rose Moya (project manager)
  • Atisha Vaughan-Shaw (business analyst)
  • Katherine McAlpine (communications)

Graduate/Postdoctoral Community Team

  • Eric Rutherford
  • Gabriella Fleming
  • Richard Vanden Heuvel
  • Lyonel Milton
  • Joanne Navarre
  • Mary-Ann Mycek (co-chair)
  • Eric Michielssen (co-chair)
  • Rose Moya (project manager)
  • Atisha Vaughan-Shaw (business analyst)
  • Cara Gonzalez (communications)

Bystander Intervention Community Team

  • Angie Stewart
  • Audra Baleisis
  • Amanda Ewing
  • Will Sherry
  • Jeanne Murabito (co-chair)
  • Debby Covington (co-chair)
  • Rose Moya (project manager)
  • Atisha Vaughan-Shaw (business analyst)
  • Jocelyn Reinert (communications)

New Center Team

  • Karina Moore
  • Gabriella Fleming
  • Lyonel Milton
  • Johnny Lee (administrative support)

Faculty Curriculum Committee

  • Kimberly Diaz
  • Carolyn Kuranz
  • Jennifer Linderman
  • Mingyan Liu
  • Lyonel Milton
  • Tershia Pinder-Grover
  • Ken Powell
  • Akesha Moore
  • Sara Pozzi (co-chair)
  • Rose Moya (project manager)

Graduate Student & Postdoc DEI Education Advisory Committee

  • Kira Barton
  • Rhima Coleman
  • Gabriella Fleming
  • Ann Jeffers
  • Nina Lin
  • Joaquim Martins
  • Eric Michielssen (co-chair)
  • Mary-Ann Mycek (co-chair)
  • Nilton Renno
  • Eric Rutherford
  • Herbert Winful

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