Director, Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Program, and Professor of Social Work, School of Social Work, Arthur F Thurnau Professor, Professor of Psychology, College of Literature, Science, and the Arts
Assistant Director of SSW DEI Program
Program Assistant & DEI Student Advisory Board Representative
Cuauhtemoc Salinas Martell is a Master of Social Work candidate with a practice method in Management of Human Services and practice area in Children and Youth. He is the Graduate Professional Diversity, Equity, Inclusion Student Advisory Board Representative and is confident in his ability to create safe and brave spaces for graduate students. As a former Independent Senator at the University of California, Berkeley, Salinas was able to enact great change in providing students with services and resources so that they can feel supported in and outside of their classrooms. This change has empowered him to continue his student activism work at the University of Michigan. Salinas has already done some foundational work in defining what Diversity, Equity and Inclusion is, however, he hopes to amplify these terms so that they can be reflected in the School of Social Work. Salinas wants Latinx, undocumented/DACAmented, queer and 1st generation students to know that their voices matter and that their presence at this institution is what will motivate future lideres y sonadores.
Najeia Mention (she/her/hers) is a Master of Social Work and Master of Public Health dual degree candidate focusing on interpersonal practice, with a mental health practice area, and health behavior and health education. As a first-generation student, she is passionate about advocating for and supporting the needs of underrepresented populations, especially as they navigate spaces of higher education. Previously, Najeia served as a population health research analyst investigating mental health, oral health, healthy child development, and equity policy strategies. Throughout her time at the University of Michigan, she hopes to acquire skills and knowledge to design and implement culturally relevant mental health programs and policies for African Americans. She looks forward to leveraging her interdisciplinary education to advance the DEI strategic plan.
Jacqueline Ramsey (she/hers) is a MSW candidate with a practice method in Social Policy and Evaluation and a practice area in Community and Social Systems. She is a Graduate Student Staff Assistant for the School of Social Work's Office of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion. Jacqueline's attraction to the DEI Office is fueled by her passion for fighting injustices and seeking equity for underrepresented groups. One of her goals for the DEI office is to help establish a diverse, equitable, and inclusive environment for herself and fellow graduate students. She graduated from Central Michigan University in May 2018 with a Bachelor of Science in Sociology: Concentration in Social and Criminal Justice. She enjoys learning about historical events, being politically engaged within her community, event planning with a purpose, and developing written content for creative and cultural purposes. Jacqueline also has an interest in digital marketing to help further the messages and work that is being done by leaders in the social justice community.
Anwesha is an MSW student studying Community Organisation with a concentration in Community and Social System and a minor in Social Policy and Evaluation. She is currently an intern in the DEI office. Previously, in India, she completed a master's degree in Women and Gender Studies. She was also a lecturer in an engineering college in India and has taught business communication, values and ethics in profession, organizational behavior to would be engineers. As an international student, she hopes to see a more global perspective being included in the Social Work curriculum. She is also interested in advocating for documented immigrants, regarding policies around labor laws, once she graduates.
Florence J. Alexander (she/her/hers) is studying Social Policy and Evaluation with a concentration in Community and Social Systems. Her field placement is at My Brother's Keeper/Girl's Equity Network Scholar with One Love Global, Lansing, MI which facilitates racial equity work towards social justice. Florence also serves as a student representative with the School of Social Work's Student Union. Florence's previous work experiences include serving with AmeriCorps, researching recidivism and community outreach programs with Project Safe Neighborhoods, working as an Afterschool Coach with Youth First in her hometown of Saginaw, Michigan, and as a facilitator with Girl Scouts Heart of Michigan. Florence is passionate about bringing communities together, reforming social policies to better serve communities that weren't previously at the table, and continuously learning. Florence's past and future work aligns with DEI office goals as she is dedicated to racial justice, inclusion, amplifying voices that have been historically marginalized, and working towards a transformative society that values all of humanity.
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School of Social Work
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