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Lorraine M. Gutiérrez

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

Professor Lorraine Gutiérrez has a joint appointment with the School of Social Work (SSW) and Department of Psychology at the University of Michigan and is a faculty associate in American Culture. She also is a member of the SSW Community Organization Learning Community. Her teaching and scholarship focuses on multicultural praxis in communities, organizations and higher education. She brings to her work community-based practice and research in multiethnic communities in New York, Chicago, San Francisco, Detroit and Seattle. Current projects include identifying strategies for multicultural community-based research and practice, multicultural education for social work practice, and identifying effective methods for learning about social justice. Her contributions to undergraduate education have been recognized by the Arthur F. Thurnau Professorship. She is currently an editor or the Journal of Community Practice.

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Lauren Davis

DEI Program Manager

Lauren Davis (she/hers), MSW ‘07 has been working with the School of Social Work since 2008. She is currently the Program Manager for the School of Social Work’s Office of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, which is responsible for the implementation of the School's DE&I strategic plan. She also is a field instructor for MSW students in the DEI Office. She has worked in higher education for more than ten years in advising, academic support, admissions, recruitment, and helping students navigate wellness concerns. Her passion is for creating inclusive learning environments where students can thrive academically, personally and professionally.

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Sarah Gettel, Program Assistant

Sarah Gettel (she/hers) is studying Community Organization with a concentration in Community and Social Systems. Her field placement is with One Love Global, which supports youth organizing and racial justice in Michigan, and she also serves as a student representative of the SSW curriculum committee. Prior to graduate school, Sarah managed grant portfolios for anti-trafficking and social justice organizations. Her work with the DEI office aligns with her interests in racial socialization, enhancing people's capacities to resolve problems, and promoting social inclusion and equity.

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Colleen Karim, MSW Intern

Colleen Karim is currently an advanced standing MSW student, her primary focus is Community Organization with a concentration in Community and Social Systems. During her journey through the MSW program she is an intern for the School of Social Work's Office of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion. She is interested in being involved with the DEI because she wants to make sure that students advocate for what they want to see happen during their journey, she also has a drive for students being educated on diversity and issues that they may not be aware of. Prior to coming to U of M, Colleen graduated from Oakland University with her BSW in April of 2017. She has experience in working with the homeless population as well as domestic violence victims. Her passion and interests include advocating for social justice, running for political office, and creating a diverse, friendly and fun environment wherever she is.

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Akintunde Oluwadare, Program Assistant

Akintunde is a MSW candidate with a practice method in social policy and evaluation with a practice area in children and youth in families and society. He is interested in working at the intersection of Social Work and Education so that he can help aid and facilitate the empowerment of individuals who are disadvantaged by social systems, such as schools that determine life opportunities. The combination of student teaching and research on African American students in higher education sparked his interests in first generation students in higher ed. At the University of Michigan, he looks to utilize the resources available to allow him to continue his work at a deeper and more professional level. In his free time, he enjoys working on photography and videography. Akintunde wanted to be a part of the Diversity, Equity and inclusion team because he aims to engage, empower and support faculty, students and external groups at the University of Michigan and beyond. His goal is to integrate talent though a diverse stakeholder perspective to propose viable options for complex challenges.

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