Michigan Engineering News

Student Advisory Board launches

New board amplifies students’ voice on DEI and campus climate.

A headshot of Shruti Naik.
Shruti Naik

Shruti Naik recently graduated with a MA in Higher Education, with a concentration in Student Access and Success, from University of Michigan’s School of Education. She is currently working in the College of Engineering to coordinate the DEI Student Advisory Board and programming and events that stem from the Board’s discussions. 

The College of Engineering’s Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Student Advisory Board is composed of 27 excited and engaged undergraduate and graduate students from a variety of backgrounds, departments, and class years. Championed by Lyonel Milton at the Center for Engineering Diversity & Outreach and Jeanne Murabito at the Office of Student Affairs, the Board was created to gather student input on the College’s Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Strategic Plan. We gather and share student perspectives on making the campus a more inclusive place for all students to live, learn, and grow.

Our meetings have included robust discussions about safety, inclusivity and the campus climate, and we are excited about our packed agenda this winter term. Plans include hosting guest speakers, exploring ways to build interpersonal skills into the classroom experience, and spreading the word about diversity, equity, and inclusion initiatives to the College of Engineering community.

We’ll continue to brainstorm ways to make formal and informal conversations about diversity a more normal part of the discourse around campus, whether it’s a town hall or a workshop. To find out more about the board or contact a member, please feel free to contact Lyonel Milton at [email protected] or Jeanne Murabito at [email protected].

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