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About the Engaged Learning Office

The Engaged Learning Office (ELO) facilitates transformational, high-quality engaged learning experiences for all UMSI students. The ELO: 

  • Prepares students to be change agents in information professions and culturally and socially conscious alumni and citizens
  • Provides inclusive, equitable and innovative information solutions to the local and global community throughout diverse sectors 
  • Leads the field of engaged learning, globally and domestically, among information schools and at the University of Michigan

The ELO works with a wide range of community partners from all industry types and sectors, ranging from Fortune 500 tech companies to grassroots social services non-profits and to cultural and heritage industries in a variety of project-based opportunities.  Community partners can engage with UMSI students as a means to amplify the impact of their information systems and to increase their internal knowledge of appropriate and novel information practices.

Staff:

Kelly Kowatch, Director, Engaged Learning Office

Alissa Talley-Pixley, Assistant Director, Engaged Learning Office

Scott TenBrink, Civic Engagement Program Manager

Jill Coughlin, Global Engagement Program Manager

Jennifer Chizek, Design and Innovation Program Manager

Jennie Scheerer, External Engagement Coordinator

Elizabeth Sanders, Design & Innovation Intern 

Email: umsi.engagement@umich.edu

Engaged Michigan Partner