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University of Michigan School of Information


DEI Committee

The UMSI DEI Committee is one of several groups at the School of Information that focus on building an equitable and inclusive school community and addressing priority needs. The DEI Committee’s priorities are determined by UMSI’s DEI Office Leadership in consultation with the UMSI Leadership team and informed by UMSI community feedback and consultation. The committee also raises issues it identifies to the school leadership. 

The Committee is composed of a combination of faculty, staff, and students including faculty specifically assigned to address anti-racism in the curriculum and a DEI Graduate Student Assistant (GSSA). 

The DEI Committee is organized into subcommittees which may vary from year to year depending on priorities. Examples of subcommittees include:

  • Anti-Racist Curriculum
    • Mission: Evaluate and integrate anti-racist content and pedagogy into the UMSI curriculum. 
  • Climate Assessment 
    • Mission: Understand the issues and experiences of our community, especially those of members from underserved or marginalized groups, through conversations, surveys, focus groups, feedback forms, and so on. 
  • Workshops and Engagement 
    • Mission: Recommend, design, and pilot workshops and other forms of engagement that allow members of our community to learn about ways in which they can better contribute to diversity, inclusion, and equity. 

Contact Information: 

For more information about the DEI committee including questions and/or input about subcommittee work, involvement and priorities you can reach the co-chairs via email at

2021-2022 UMSI DEI Committee Members

Tawanna Dillahunt

Tawanna Dillahunt, Faculty Co-Chair 

Associate Professor of Information, School of Information and Associate Professor of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, College of Engineering




Kentaro Toyama

Kentaro Toyama, Faculty Co-Chair

W K Kellogg Professor of Community Information and Professor of Information




Devon Keen

Devon Keen, Staff Co-chair

Director of Inclusion, Equity and Outreach




Alissa Talley-Pixley

Alissa Talley-Pixley, Staff Co-chair

Associate Director of Engaged Learning Office




Ron Eglash

Ron Eglash, faculty

Professor of Information, School of Information and Professor of Art and Design, Penny W Stamps School of Art and Design




Bobby Madamanchi

Bobby Madamanchi, faculty

Lecturer III in Information




Anthea Josias

Anthea Josias, faculty

Lecturer III in Information




Mustafa Naseem

Mustafa Naseem, faculty

Clinical Assistant Professor of Information




Sylvia Darling

Sylvia Darling, DEC Representative

PhD student




Joshua Mollison

Joshua Mollison, SIBA Representative

BSI student




Morgan Miller

Morgan Miller, Jr. SIBA Representative

BSI student




Allison Sweet

Allison Sweet, staff

Student Life Program Manager




Jessica Sendra

Jessica Sendra, staff

Associate Director of Marketing and Communications




Rebecca Epstein

Rebecca Epstein, staff support

Executive Secretary of Academic Affairs