Diversity in the news at UMSI

Associate professor Libby Hemphill receives Anti-Defamation League Fellowship

The Anti-Defamation League Center for Technology and Society has announced that University of Michigan School of Information associate professor Libby Hemphill is one of four leading academics selected for its second class of Belfer Fellows. Read more. 

Designing better apps for students with special needs

Assistant professor Gabriela Marcu focuses her research and technology design on communication strategies for teachers, parents and students in team-based solutions in the special needs classroom. Read more.   

 Professor Ron Eglash honored with Diversity Service Award  

Ron Eglash, professor of information and of art and design, has received a 2019 Harold R. Johnson Diversity Service Award from the Office of the Provost. The award recognizes faculty members whose service contributes to the development of a culturally and ethnically diverse University of Michigan community. Read more

Third annual UMSI Diversity Awards presented

In 2019, the school’s DEI committee selected MSI student Florence Noel, UMSI programming and media coordinator Claudia Leo, and W.K. Kellogg Professor of Community Information Kentaro Toyama as award recipients. In addition, PhD student Lindsay Blackwell received the award for Gender and Diversity in Information and Technology.  Read more.

New York Times recognizes contributions of UMSI alumnus Dudley Randall

Poet, publisher, librarian and UMSI alumnus Dudley Randall (AMLS ’51) was the subject of a NY Times "Overlooked" feature. Read more.

 UMSI hosts iDEI event for University of Michigan Diversity Summit

UMSI, in conjunction with the University of Michigan Diversity Summit, held a TED-talk-style event, iDEI: Talks at the Intersection of Information, Diversity, Equity & Inclusion. Faculty, staff and students gathered at North Quad Thursday, November 9, 2017 to share lunch and insight. Read more.

UMSI introduces new Diversity Awards

The first-ever UMSI Diversity Awards were presented in May, 2017 to four individuals: two graduate students, one staff member and one faculty member. Read more.


 Diversity Committee funds seminar on social justice

UMSI and the Institute for the Humanities hosted Black Bodies, Social Justice and the Archive, an open seminar with speakers presenting a distinctive mix of personal experience, political perspective, and scholarly insight to the task of inspiring a deeper understanding of race and archivist issues. Read more.

2017 ExpoSItion Diversity, Equity and Inclusion award winner

The School of Information’s annual ExpoSItion was held March 27, 2017. The Diversity Committee bestowed the Diversity, Equity and Inclusion award to the project whose scope focused on UMSI, the University of Michigan, and/or other communities or society at large. Read more.

UMSI students help Homeboy Industries for ASB

Three UMSI students took their ASB experience to the West Coast for a self-directed volunteer effort at Homeboy Industries, a non-profit providing job skills to former gang members. Read more.

UMSI grad students post messages of respect, hope

Doctoral students gathered at The Rock recently to pose with messages of unity and hope, while master's students have started a Unity Wall in the student lounge. Read more.

Donor's gift creates new diversity scholarship for UMSI

Donors Roger Ehrenberg and Carin Levine-Ehrenberg have created a new scholarship fund that will provide need-based support to students, with preference to students who are the first in their families to attend college or graduate school, who have overcome substantial educational or economic obstacles, or who have demonstrated experience in or commitment to working with historically underserved or underprivileged populations. Read more.

UMSI creates new position: Assistant Dean for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

In October, 2016, the U-M Board of Regents approved the creation of a new administrative position devoted to implementing the school's strategic plan for DEI. Pending regental approval, Judith Lawson will be the new Assistant Dean for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion. Read more.

Patricia Garcia awarded grant to promote computing programs to marginalized girls

UMSI researcher Patricia Garcia will address the underrepresentation of women of color in computing fields and occupations by exploring how cultural supports may play a role in improving retention and persistence rates. The researchers plan to study responses gathered from hundreds of attendees at the Black Girls Lead leadership conferences in 2016 and 2017. Read more.

 Wide range of UMSI events focused on diversity in winter 2016

Workshops, invited speakers and a lunchtime mixer were among the UMSI initiatives in winter semester 2016 that continue to make the school more inclusive and welcoming for all faculty, staff and students. Read more.

Two UMSI doctoral students to participate in national workshop for women in computing

Two first-year doctoral students at UMSI will join 550 other women for professional development at the Graduate Student Cohort Workshop of the Computing Research Association. Read more.

UMSI Global Information Engagement Program transfers to South Africa in 2016

Eighteen graduate students from the University of Michigan will travel to Cape Town, South Africa in May to spend two months working with four local non-profit organizations on their information challenges. Read more.

PhD student receives Rackham Community of Scholars award

PhD student Lindsay Blackwell was one of 12 graduate researchers across U-M to be selected for the Institute for Research on Women and Gender (IRWG) Rackham Community of Scholars Summer Fellowship, which supports wide-ranging projects related to women, gender and sexuality. Read more.

Breaking down information barriers in Detroit

As leader of UMSI's Social Research Group, assistant professor Tawanna Dillahunt explores how the "sharing economy" could expand the circle of influence and information resources of urban Detroiters. Read more.

Distance may make some teams perform better

In a new paper, UMSI assistant professor Lionel P. Robert looks at how diversity impacts collaboration in face-to-face and long-distance teams. Read more.

UMSI plans Women in Information career series

UMSI’s Career Development Office will host a series of events throughout March focused on career paths and strategies for success for women in information. Read more.

Veronica Falandino receives university diversity award

UMSI Associate Director of Admissions and Student Affairs Veronica Falandino has been selected as a 2015 recipient of the U-M Distinguished Diversity Leaders Award, which highlights staff members from across the university who actively embrace the value of diversity by striving to build a working environment that is welcoming, supportive and inclusive. Read more.

Training expands at Indian hospitals through UMSI GIEP project

Three graduate students from UMSI's Global Information Engagement Program worked together to help two hospitals in Chennai, India, address the challenge of finding skilled healthcare workers by facilitating skill development of staff and increasing their access to healthcare information resources. Read more.

Community Assembly on diversity generates suggestions, challenges

More than two dozen faculty, staff and students shared comments and ideas for making the University of Michigan more diverse, equitable and inclusive at a Community Assembly with President Mark Schlissel on Tuesday, November 10. Read more.

UMSI contribution to Harvard study examines Health IT for older adults

UMSI assistant professor Julia Adler-Milstein has received a $45,000 sub-grant from Harvard University to assist with a project titled, "Understanding Health IT-Enabled Performance Improvement for Older Adults." Read more.

Dillahunt earns honorable mention at UbiComp 2015

UMSI assistant professor Tawanna Dillahunt received an honorable mention for her paper titled, “If God Gives Me the Chance I will Design My Own Phone: Exploring Mobile Phone Repair and Postcolonial Approaches to Design in Rural Kenya." Read more.


UMSI professor's documentary premiers at Venice Film Festival

For the Love of a Man, a documentary produced by assistant professor Joyojeet Pal that explores the culture of fandom surrounding South Indian movie stars, has been selected to premiere at the 72nd Venice Film Festival. Read more.