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Larry M. Gant

Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Program Director, Professor of Social Work, School of Social Work and Professor of Art and Design, Penny W Stamps School of Art and Design

Larry M. Gant’s current work focuses on neighborhood-level change efforts in the Detroit and surrounding metropolitan areas. The co-operative work incorporates strategies and tactics inspired by collaborations with research colleagues sharing historical, social and political lessons learned from medieval postwar and postindustrial cities including Berlin, Glasgow, Amsterdam, Krakow, and Warsaw. Particular practice interests include the continued reinvention and recreation of legacy spaces within these cities, lessons learned from the EU's experience of mass migrations between 2015 to date, community resident survival and growth in resisting and transforming structured gentrification initiatives, and implications of continuing debate regarding current and future representations of conflict memorials, and their legacies and histories for Detroit’s historical landscape.

Gant’s neighborhood-based prevention and promotion related work and research has been supported by the National Institutes of Health, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and numerous private foundations.

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Dillon A. Cathro

SSW DEI Program Manager

Dillon Alexander Methven Cathro (he/him) serves as a program manager within the SSW DEI Office, a role he hopes to leverage as much as possible in order to support BIPOC and other socioeconomically marginalized student populations on campus. The only child of a single mother, and the product of a community-based approach to child-raising, Dillon has a passion for helping students to seek out and access academic, professional and social resources on and off campus, in order to foster a wraparound-service approach to student wellness and success. Coming back to the SSW with professional experience in education, social work and community organizing fields, Dillon is clear and transparent in his mission to combat systemic injustices, and looks forward to supporting student leaders on campus as they cultivate the skills and tools necessary to instill sustainable and equitable social change during their time at UofM and beyond.

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