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Elizabeth Yakel participates in first iSchool inclusion summit

Thursday, 07/12/2018

Elizabeth Yakel, senior associate dean for academic affairs at the University of Michigan School of Information (UMSI), will be a panelist at the first annual BUILD Summit: Building Inclusion, Leadership, and Diversity in Information and Computing. The event is scheduled July 12-13 at the University of Pittsburgh School of Computing and Information.

The Summit, hosted by the iSchool Inclusion Institute, will bring together representatives from higher education, philanthropic organizations, government and industry to promote inclusion, leadership and diversity in information and computing fields. UMSI is a member of the Institute.

Yakel, who also is professor of information at UMSI, will speak on the panel, “Making the Invisible Visible: Leveraging Interventions for Greater Impact.” She and her fellow panelists will discuss ways to recognize and address invisible labor that often is performed by faculty members in underrepresented populations.

Yakel also will talk about UMSI’s Research Experience for Master’s Students (REMS), a 12-week intensive summer program for students from other iSchool master’s programs, schools of library and information science or related programs. This year’s REMS event runs from May 29 – August 17, 2018.

“UMSI has been a strong supporter of the i3 Institute since its beginning, and I am really pleased to be able to participate,” says Yakel. The i3 Institute, she adds “is an undergraduate research and leadership development program that prepares underrepresented students for graduate study and careers in the information sciences.”

The program has been very successful, Yakel says, noting that UMSI’s new Presidential Post-doctoral Fellow Oliver Haimson is an alumnus of the i3 Institute. Haimson is serving on an alumni panel, "Under-represented Experiences in Graduate Study and Information Careers."

UMSI PhD alumnus Charles Senteio is moderating a panel on Friday, July 13, titled "Putting the Pieces Together: Unmet Needs and Brainstorming Solutions."

- UMSI News Service