Student Advisory Board

The College of Engineering’s Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Student Advisory Board is composed of a group of 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, it is coordinated by Blaire Tinker, Program Manager for Student Support & Development. The SAB was designed to gather student feedback on the College’s Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Strategic Plan and develop ideas that will make the College of Engineering a more inclusive place for all students to live, learn, and grow.

The SAB welcomes input from the Engineering community. If you have any questions, concerns, stories, or praises related to diversity, equity, or inclusion in the Engineering community, please feel free to either email enginsabinfo@umich.edu or fill out this anonymous Google Form.

 

Christopher Allemang
Second Year Doctoral, Electrical and Computer Engineering

 

 

“As a response to current sociopolitical injustices, I joined the Board to be a voice for the underrepresented LGBT+ students and an ally to others by listening, learning, and standing by them.”

Alexander Atkinson
Civil Engineering

 

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Alexander Canady
Senior Undergraduate, Mechanical Engineering

 

 

“I wanted to be apart of a team that addresses some shortcomings regarding DEI initiatives here at the university. I also wanted to learn how I could be more sensitive to others’ perspectives.”

Jumanah Colvin
Third Year Undergraduate, Computer Science and Engineering

 

 

“I wanted to be a part of a space that works toward helping others and to make the a more inclusive climate at the College of Engineering. I want there to be a time where there is no longer an urge for diversity, it would instead just be the ‘norm’ to have an environment rich with culture.”

Reeya Desai
Second Year Undergraduate, Electrical Engineering and Computer Science

 

Allison Gibson
First Year Doctoral, Mechanical Engineering

 

 

 

“I want people from all different backgrounds to feel welcome in the college of engineering.”

Victoria Guzman
Second Year Undergraduate, Chemical Engineering

 

 

“I joined the Student Advisory Board to have a better idea of what diversity and inclusion means for students, and to help the University facilitate a community of respect and understanding.”

Kelly Henckel
Senior Year Undergraduate, Computer Science

 

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“I am dedicated to increasing the representation of women in engineering.”

Nishant Jalgaonkar
First Year Masters, Mechanical Engineering

 

 

“I joined the student advisory board to engage in meaningful conversations with my peers about diversity issues and affect positive change to make the U of M campus more inclusive and friendly.”

Dipika Krishnaswami
Second Year Undergraduate, Civil Engineering

 

 

“I joined the SAB because I saw it as a genuine way to share my voice and opinions and create positive change in the school I love, all while interacting with people who have a passion to do so as well.”

Anna Learis
Third Year Undergraduate, Industrial and Operations Engineering

 

“I joined the Student Advisory Board to help make the College of Engineering more inviting to all.”

Mohammed Mohammed Salih
Second Year Undergraduate, Electrical Engineering and Computer Science

 

“I joined the Student Advisory Board to share my perspective and learn of students’ perspective on issues.”

Raghav Muralidharan
First Semester Masters, Mechanical Engineering

 

 

“I wanted to better understand the issues facing the college from both the student and administration perspectives, and wanted to help serve as a voice for a greater number of students in the college.”

Weronika Myslak
First Year Undergraduate, Civil Engineering

 

 

“I joined the Student Advisory Board because I love to work with people from different backgrounds and as a woman in a male-dominated field, I understand the importance of feeling welcome on campus.”

L. Sebastian Ojeda
Fourth Year Undergraduate, Chemical Engineering

 

 

“I believe that the biggest issues in the College of Engineering community is the division between different groups (students, organizations, faculty, administration) and the lack of minority students involved in leadership positions in the college. I believe that my experiences as a student can help bring some insight into some of these problems and potential solutions for them.”

Seth Petty, Jr.
Fourth Year, Industrial and Operations Engineering

 

 

“I joined the Student Advisory Board because I really identify with Dean Gallimore’s Michigan Engineering 2020 strategic plan. As an African-American student, it is the greatest opportunity for me to have involvement in helping shape North Campus for the common good.”

Ravi Raghani
First Year Doctoral Student, Biomedical Engineering

 

 

“I joined the Student Advisory Board to become involved with diversity, equity, and inclusion within the College of Engineering at the University of Michigan.”

Debjit Sarkar
Second Year Undergraduate, Electrical Engineering and Computer Science

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“I joined the student advisory board in order to assist in the implementation of President Schlissel’s DEI plan while improving my ability to collaborate in a professional environment.

Charles Schertzing
Second Year Undergraduate, Naval Architecture and Marine Engineering

 

 

“The College of Engineering needs to have the voices of students who understand what their fellow classmates are going through. Our administrators need to hear the voices of students to understand and to address our concerns.”

Girish Sivakanthan
Second Year Undergraduate, Mechanical Engineering

 

 

 

“I joined so I could know what is going on and have an impact on programs promoting DEI for the CoE. I also wanted to learn more about the experiences of other engineering students of different identities and backgrounds.”

Kathie Wu
Second Year Undergraduate, Naval Architecture and Marine Engineering

 

 

“I joined the SAB because I want to know what is going on in the University in terms of DEI initiatives, and be able to provide my feedback and input to ensure that the College is a place where I feel comfortable and included.”