A Message from Chancellor Dutta

Dear Campus Community:

I am writing to provide an update about the University of Michigan-Flint’s Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) Committee.  I am pleased to announce that Dr. Jan Furman, Professor of English and Director of the Master of Arts program in Liberal Studies, will be co-chairing the DEI Committee.  As announced earlier, Dr. Furman joins Dr. David Luke, Interim Campus Diversity Officer and Director of the Intercultural Center, in leading the committee.

Committee membership is listed below.  The first committee meeting is scheduled for Friday, January 24, 2020 followed by regular meetings throughout semester.  Meeting minutes, updates and other related information will be posted to DEI website on a regular basis.
Please join me in support of the co-chairs and committee members as they embark upon this transformative work on behalf of the university and greater UM-Flint community. 

Debasish Dutta



DEI Committee Co-Chair, Jan Furman

Professor Jan Furman teaches in the Department of English and directs the Master of Arts in Liberal Studies.  She has served on faculty committees at all levels of the university in one of a number of efforts to make excellence inclusive.  Professor Furman studies American literature with emphasis on narratives of national identity and representations of race and gender, which shape and challenge those narratives.  Her research has led to many essays, books, and edited volumes, including Toni Morrison’s Fiction (1996), John McCline’s Life During Slavery and the Civil War (1998), Song of Solomon:  A Casebook (2003), “American Romance, the Moral Imagination and Toni Morrison:  A Theory of Literary Aesthetics” (2012), “Telling Stories:  Evolving Narrative Identity in Toni Morrison’s Home” (2014), Toni Morrison’s Fiction: Expanded Edition (2014).  Professor Furman earned a bachelor’s in English at Tuskegee University, a master’s in English at Bucknell University, and a Ph.D. in English at Florida State.

DEI Committee Co-Chair, David Luke

Dr. David J. Luke joined the University of Michigan-Flint in May 2018 as Director of the Intercultural Center (ICC). In this role, as the unit’s first full time director, Dr. Luke established the strategic direction and guiding pillars of the ICC (Belonging, Advocacy, and Education) and focused on building a schedule of recurring programming to enhance student life and engagement guided by these pillars. Dr. Luke earned bachelor’s degrees in accounting and sociology from Grand Valley State University, a master’s and Ph.D. in Sociology from the University of Kentucky. As a sociologist and Interim Campus Diversity Officer, Dr. Luke intentionally interrogates what appear to be isolated instances in their broader contexts to explore innovative structural or policy-oriented solutions in order to build more inclusive communities for all, with a recognition that the umbrella of “diversity” is large and constantly evolving.


DEI Committee Members

Nickxit Bhardwaj, Undergraduate Student
Lyn Behnke, School of Nursing
Thomn Bell, School of Education and Human Services
Sarah Case, College of Health Sciences
Sarah Devitt, Division of Student Affairs
Stephanie Gelderloos, LEO Lecturer
George Hakim, Business and Finance
Min Huang, Faculty Council
Courtney Humphrey, Graduate Student
Andre Louis, Staff Council
Murali Mani, College of Arts and Sciences
Mia McNeil, University Advancement
Cathleen Miller, School of Management
Emily Newberry, Thompson Library
Debra Price, At-large
Meoachy Proby, Department of Public Safety
Samantha Uptmor, Undergraduate Student
Lori Vedder, Enrollment Management
Ex officio
Chris Giordano, Division of Student Affairs
Shelby Newport, Office of the Provost and Academic Affairs