Leadership & Staff

Vice Provost for Equity and Inclusion & Chief Diversity Officer

Dr. Tabbye Chavous is the Vice Provost for Equity & Inclusion and Chief Diversity Officer at the University of Michigan, and a professor of education and psychology.

She leads the Office of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (ODEI), working with ODEI unit leaders and staff on initiatives for students, staff, and faculty, as well as in collaborations and partnerships with campus units, and local community and national partners. Dr. Chavous reports directly to the Provost and is involved in academic affairs, working with the Provost’s team on faculty recruitment and retention, tenure and promotion, and faculty development. In her role as Chief Diversity Officer, she also meets regularly with the President as the principal adviser on DEI issues and provides overall leadership of these efforts, including oversight of U-M’s DEI Strategic Plan initiative.

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Associate & Assistant Vice Provosts

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Marie Ting

Assistant Vice Provost for Equity, Inclusion & Academic Affairs

Marie contributes leadership and administrative support for Office of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (ODEI).

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Katrina Wade-Golden

Associate Vice Provost, Deputy Chief Diversity Officer, & Director of Implementation for the Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Strategic Plan

Katrina is the Deputy Chief Diversity Office and Director of Implementation for the Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Strategic Plan. Katrina serves as the Lead planning and implementation facilitator in Academic Affairs for the university-wide DEI Strategic Plan.

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Deborah Willis

Assistant Vice Provost for Equity, Inclusion & Academic Affairs

Deborah contributes leadership and administrative support for DEI strategic planning and related engagement and dissemination efforts. Her portfolio includes a focus on the student experience, and she works closely with numerous student-focused units including Student Life and the Rackham Graduate School.

Administrative Assistants & Project Coordinator
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Dana Brown

Executive Assistant

Dana provides administrative support for Tabbye Chavous, the Vice Provost for Equity & Inclusion and Chief Diversity Officer.

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Marionette Cano

Project Coordinator

Marionette provides administrative and project management support for Ellen Meader, Marie Ting and Deborah Willis – the Assistant Vice Provosts for Equity and Inclusion.

DEI Strategic Plan Team

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Mikalia Dennis

Program Manager

Mikalia provides administrative support for Katrina Wade-Golden, the Associate Vice Provost for Equity & Inclusion & Deputy Chief Diversity Officer.

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Tyne Lucas

Senior Program Manager, DEI Strategic Plan

Tyne serves as Senior Program Manager with the Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Implementation Team.

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John Rodriguez

Strategic Communications Manager, DEI Strategic Plan

John is the Strategic Communications Manager for the Strategic Plan Team with the Office of Diversity Equity and Inclusion.

Programming Unit Directors

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Elizabeth R. Cole

Director of the National Center for Institutional Diversity (NCID) 

Elizabeth is the director of the National Center for Institutional Diversity and a professor of women’s and gender studies; psychology; and Afroamerican and African studies. She is a member of the editorial boards for Psychology of Women Quarterly and American Psychologist, and her research is widely published.

Meet the NCID Team

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Kim Lijana

Director, Center for Educational Outreach (CEO)

Kim Lijana is responsible for empowering and developing staff to reach their goals and advancing CEO’s mission while building an outreach community of practice among faculty at U-M.

Meet the CEO Team

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Carla O’Connor

Director, Wolverine Pathways

Carla is responsible for the development, implementation and ongoing improvement of the Wolverine Pathways initiative. Her team works with targeted school communities to provide enrichment and exposures that aim to increase the likelihood that promising young people apply, attend and graduate from the University of Michigan.

Meet the Wolverine Pathways Team

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Rachel Dawson

Director, Office for Academic Multicultural Initiatives (OAMI)

Rachel directs the organization’s vision, and designs, develops and implements strategic plans to meet the mission goals of the Office of Academic Multicultural Initiatives.

Meet the OAMI Team 

Evaluation & Assessment

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Felecia Webb

Director of Evaluation and Assessment

Felecia is the Director of Evaluation and Assessment for the Office of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion.

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Philip Amara

Research Area Specialist Intermediate


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Jozet Channey

OAMI Research Area Specialist Intermediate


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Lauren Costello

Wolverine Pathways Research Area Specialist Intermediate


Business Office

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April Gross

HR Business Manager

April serves as the HR Business Manager for ODEI. In this role, April uses her change management experience to partner with the UM Talent Acquisition Team, supporting the behavior-based interview model concept. She also works on the Business Office DEI implementation plan where HR and DEI intersect.

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Chad Heiser

Senior Financial Analyst

Chad serves as a financial analyst for business activities related to all funding sources in OAMI and CEO. Chad began is career at the University of Michigan in 2010 where he supported sponsored research projects.

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Julie Kelley

Business Administrator

Julie’s current focus includes business operations (finance, HR, marketing and communications, facilities) for all ODEI units, including the OVP office. Current special projects include the ODEI reorganization, and the exploration/implementation of Salesforce applications.

Communications & Marketing

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Hillary Brody Anchill

Writer/Communications Specialist

Hillary joined the Office of Diversity, Equity & Inclusion in 2022 as a writer and communications specialist focused on storytelling initiatives.

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Alyse Guenther

Multimedia Designer

Alyse is an experienced videographer, graphic designer, photographer and artist who has worked both across the world and locally at the Toledo Museum of Art and Kalamazoo College.

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Mike Morland

Director of Communications & Marketing

Mike oversees the strategic planning and execution of marketing and communications initiatives for the Chief Diversity Officer, Office of Diversity, Equity & Inclusion, ODEI units, and supports diversity, equity and inclusion initiatives at the University of Michigan.

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Annette Calabrese Zurack

Web Designer/Developer

Annette supports the design, development and content for all ODEI websites.

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