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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

Lori Donovan, Associate Director of External Engagement

Scott TenBrink, Assistant Director of Civic Engagement

Adam Freed, Global Engagement Program Manager

Lara Pierce, External Engagement Project Manager

Angie Zill, Student Engagement Program Manager

Gabby Strzalkowski, Marketing and Relationship Development Program Manager

Maggie Brodbeck, Data Science Programs Manager

Email: [email protected]

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