University of Michigan School of Information
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.
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 [email protected].
2022-2023 UMSI DEI Committee Members
Kentaro Toyama, Faculty Co-Chair
W K Kellogg Professor of Community Information and Professor of Information, School of Information
Ricky Punzalan, Faculty Co-Chair
Associate Professor of Information, School of Information
Devon Keen, Staff Co-chair
Director of Inclusion, Equity and Outreach
Amy Homkes-Hayes, Staff Co-chair
Associate Director of Online Programs and Strategic Advisor to the Leadership Team on Online Programs and Digital Content
Michaelanne Thomas, faculty
Assistant Professor of Information, School of Information
Colleen Van Lent, faculty
Lecturer IV in Information, School of Information
Mustafa Naseem, faculty
Clinical Assistant Professor of Information
Anthea Josias, faculty
Lecturer III in Information
Allison Sweet, staff
Assistant Director of Student Life
Jessica Sendra, staff
Associate Director of Marketing and Communications
LeAnna Level, staff
Recruitment and Student Success Manager
Amanda Reyes Aquino, staff
Sandra Lopez (admin support), staff
DEI Outreach Coordinator
Dushyanth Aluwihare, GSSA
DEI Committee Graduate Student Staff Assistant
Anne Chang, SIMA representative
Master of Science in Information student
Morgan Miller, SIBA representative
Bachelor of Science in Information student
Yara Seif, MADSA representative
Master of Applied Data Science student
Jane Im, DEC representative
PhD in Information student