Through her foundational work establishing the Michigan Engineering Zone (MEZ) and ongoing dedication to advancing Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) initiatives within the College, Jeanne Murabito is amongst the ten recipients of the 10th annual Distinguished Diversity Leaders Award for University of Michigan staff.
“This year’s recipients represent a diverse cross-section of the university, with recognition in areas such as gender, student support and accessibility. This work is a testament to U-M’s dedication to diversity, equity, and inclusion,” said Robert Sellers, vice provost for equity and inclusion and chief diversity officer.
Murabito, who has served as the executive director of student affairs for U-M’s College of Engineering since 2000, has worked to develop new pipelines through partnerships with strategically chosen high schools outside Michigan to expand the pool of diverse talent attracted to Michigan Engineering.
Murabito also played an instrumental role in drafting the College of Engineering Strategic DEI Plan. As a key member of the implementation committee, she serves as a conduit to student groups that have expressed particular interest in promoting an inclusive Michigan Engineering culture. Working with Lyonel Milton, the managing director of the Center for Engineering Diversity and Outreach, Murabito recently created a DEI Student Advisory Group, which will provide valuable input as well as a necessary communication channel for DEI implementation efforts.
Murabito also led the organization of an inclusion event designed to show solidarity with those affected by the executive order on immigration issued by President Trump in 2017. Murabito set up a public space and facilitated writing of messages that would express support for international students and “We Are Glad You Are Here” posters went up all around the Engineering campus. The event led to a great deal of gratitude and pride from the Michigan Engineering community.
The 10 individual winners received $1,000 each to be used toward professional development activities. The awards are made possible by the Office of the Provost and University Human Resources to celebrate progress toward creating a diverse, equitable and inclusive environment.