Staff Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Culture Committee

Jorge Barreda

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Research Engineer, EECS-LNF

I volunteer to be part of the group to learn more about how to promote diversity, inclusion, and equity; and to bring my experience as an added value.

Elizabeth Fisher

Portrait of Elizabeth FisherMarketing and Communications Specialist, The Center for Healthcare Engineering and Patient Safety (CHEPS)

I’m excited about the opportunities DEIC provides for members of the U of M community to learn and grow in ways that will hopefully make our already excellent institution a more welcoming and comfortable place for all. It’s so much easier to learn, work, and build rewarding and productive relationships with colleagues and students when you are in an environment where everyone feels safe, understood, and respected.

Pilar Herrera-Fierro

Portrait of Pilar Herrera-FierroSenior Director of LNF User Services, EECS-LNF

I have seen and been discriminated, as a women, in my technical career back during undergrad in my country of birth. A women in the engineering field had very limited possibilities of finding a job and of professional advancement. After I finished my PhD, I was surprised to see the feelings of co-workers concerning women in science, women co-workers, foreign women co-workers still persisted, veiled in many cases but the feelings were still there where I worked, in government institutions as well as in industry. I have raised two daughters which taught me that my idea of discrimination was still unfair and antiquated. I realized that I had to change, lately the #metoo taught me even more: that there is so much to correct, so much to educate. Our notion of fairness at work should have a common baseline, we must establish what that baseline is and start to improve it from there. This is why I want to participate in this group. Educational institutions are the ideal place where these issues should be talked about and resolved. I want to educate my colleagues, students, all with whom I interact about fairness, anti-discrimination and appreciation for diversity and basic human rights and responsibilities.

Cheri Johnson

Michigan Engineering vertical logoResearch Process Coordinator, CLaSP

I have a background in working with adults with disabilities and would like to help make sure they feel equally included and have the necessary accommodations to succeed at the UM.

Kimberly Johnson

Portrait of Kimberly JohnsonMarketing Communications Specialist, Department of Aerospace Engineering

I believe that true success is found when people from all walks of life use their unique set of gifts and values to accomplish a single goal.

Elizabeth Mekaru

Portrait of Elizabeth MekaruAssistant Director, International Programs in Engineering

I am very proud to be a CoE staff member and am so happy for this opportunity to learn from and work collaboratively with other CoE staff members. I look forward to focusing on ways that we can better understand, support, and nurture each other as part of the staff community in CoE.

Rose Moya

Portrait of Rose MoyaProject Manager, CoE Dean’s Initiatives

It is a great honor to be a part of such a relevant team at the college. I am excited to be a voice and ear for the staff so we can all learn to appreciate and leverage our differences to create an environment in which everyone feels valued and respected.

John Rodriguez

Portrait of John RodriguezProject Manager, Consortium for Verification Technology NERS

I am excited to be a part of this DEIC effort and hope to not only bring my experience and perspective to the conversations, but also to learn from others as we strive toward informing and enriching the decisions and planning that affect our talented and diverse CoE community.

Tina Truskowski

portrait of Tina TruskowskiHR Director, CoE

As the College HR Director, it is important to me that all faculty, staff and students feel welcome and have the same opportunities to succeed. As a human being who shares this planet with other human beings, I want to learn more about myself and how I can be a better “me”. Participating in DEI committees and activities affords me the opportunity to learn and grow so that I can do both!

Shira Washington

Portrait of Shira WashingtonRecruitment Coordinator, Office of Recruitment and Admissions

I volunteered for the DEIC committee because I am interested in contributing to a positive workplace culture that is diverse and supportive of staff growth and development. Also, strategic planning was a strong area of focus during my graduate program and I am excited to work closely with a strategic plan that directly affects me.

Bakari Wooten

Portrait of Bakari WootenFacilities Coordinator, Resource Planning & Management

I volunteered to be a part of the DEI committee because, as a minority, I’m able to offer insight and educate others from my experience. In turn, I’d have the opportunity to learn information I didn’t know concerning other diverse individuals.