Director, Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Program, Professor of Social Work, School of Social Work, and Professor of Art and Design, School of Art and Design
Assistant Director of SSW DEI Program
Graduate Student Staff Assistant
Yamani Rikia Vinson (she/her) is a second-year Master of Health Services Administration (MHSA) Candidate at the University of Michigan's School of Public Health. She earned her BS in Psychology from Michigan State University in 2019 and is an alum of the University of Michigan's Summer Enrichment Program. Currently, Yamani is working as the Educational Program Coordinator for the Center for Social Epidemiology and Population Health and for the COVID-19 Coping Study as the Director of Communication. At the School of Public Health, Yamani is known for her development of the Social Epidemiology Certificate Program, and her role as President of the Michigan Healthcare Executive Student Association. She also planned the Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion workshop series: "If You Really Knew Me." Yamani is passionate about intersectionality, anti-racism work, and health equity.
Megan Leys (she/her pronouns) is a Master of Social Work candidate with a practice method in Community Change, and is a part of the National Community Scholars Program. She received her bachelor's in Youth Studies through the University of Minnesota. Megan has worked in a variety of settings with young people and families in both urban and rural communities throughout the United States. Megan is passionate about community capacity building, decolonizing research and education, and dedicated to working collaboratively to create a more equitable society.
Brianna Suggs (she/her pronouns), is a Master of Social Work student with a practice method in Community Organizing, practice area in Community and Social Systems, along with Social Policy and Evaluation minor. She obtained her Bachelor of Science in Education with a degree in Community Engagement and Education from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee in May 2019. Brianna has previously done research regarding the evaluation of youth caregivers in policies and programs, which has nurtured her research interests regarding marginalized youth, family, and institutional dynamics affecting their quality of life. Brianna is also interested in exploring ways the DEI office can help facilitate creating opportunities where all perspectives can be conveyed and supported.
University of Michigan
School of Social Work
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Ann Arbor, MI 48109-1106