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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.


Kelly Kowatch, Director, Engaged Learning Office

Alissa Talley-Pixley, Associate Director, Engaged Learning Office

Scott TenBrink, Civic Engagement Program Manager

Adam Freed, Global Engagement Program Manager

Timothy Williams, Student Engagement Administrative Coordinator

David Bartek, External Engagement Coordinator

Email: [email protected]

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