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The Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Office (DEIO) has 3 core staff members and two Graduate Student Staff Assistants (GSSA) who work to carry out the main DEI programs and activities. 

DEIO Team

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Judy Schabel

Assistant Dean for Diversity and Org Development Spec Div, Equity and Inclusion

Judy serves as a member of the School of Information (UMSI) leadership team, promoting and fostering a thoughtful and integrated approach to matters of diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) school-wide. She guides the implementation of UMSI’s DEI strategic plan and implementation and serves as the UMSI co-lead to the University DEI Strategic Planning initiative along with Devon Keen.  She also advises school leadership on opportunities to advance our DEI goals in the areas of recruitment & retention, education & scholarship, and building an equitable and inclusive community across students, staff, and faculty. She is available to consult with students, staff, and faculty about DEI issues, concerns, programs, and initiatives.

Contact information: jmlawson@umich.edu


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Devon Keen

Director of Inclusion, Equity, and Outreach

Devon leads the UMSI DEI office which involves developing, facilitating, and supporting DEI initiatives and events across UMSI. She supervises the DEI Outreach Coordinator and DEI Graduate Student Staff Assistants and also serves as one of the staff co-chairs of the UMSI DEI Committee.  Along with Judy, Devon is available to consult with UMSI faculty, staff, and students regarding DEI-related issues and concerns.

Contact information: devaca@umich.edu


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Sandra Lopez  

DEI Outreach Coordinator 

Sandra coordinates K-12 and Community College outreach initiatives. This includes the Community College Summer Institute (CCSI).

Contact information: sandralo@umich.edu


Katherine Phillips

DEI Office Graduate Student Staff Assistant (GSSA)

Katherine is responsible for advising on DEI issues, activities, and funding requests. Developing and implementing programs on issues surrounding DEI which include community gatherings and facilitated discussion, and assisting with outreach efforts. She is also the editor of our e-newsletter "The Cloud" released monthly. Her most important role is being a representative for students and ensuring student voices are heard. 

Contact information: klphilli@umich.edu


Yihan Li

DEI Committee Graduate Student Staff Assistant (GSSA)

Yihan consults with the DEI Committee and takes on various DEI initiatives that are already in motion. She will also be doing a lot of exploration surrounding how we as a university can make the DEI efforts at UMSI even more robust.

Contact information: yihanl@umich.edu