Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Committee

Reaffirming the Campus Commitment to the Ideals of DEI

In December 2019, Chancellor Dutta announced plans to create a group representing faculty, students and staff to explore issues of diversity, equity and inclusion at UM-Flint. In January 2020, he announced the formation of the Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Committee at UM-Flint. The purpose of this group is to create an action plan to address DEI initiatives on the campus. The DEI Committee has taken several steps and created a draft plan, inviting input from the campus community. Work to implement key initiatives of the action plan will begin in Fall 2020.

DEI Committee Members

Committee Co-Chairs

  • Jan Furman, Professor of English and Director of the Master of Arts program in Liberal Studies
  • David Luke, Interim Campus Diversity Officer and Director of the Intercultural Center


  • Sarah Case, College of Health Sciences
  • Omar Elnour, Undergraduate Student
  • Stephanie Gelderloos, LEO Lecturer
  • George Hakim, Business and Finance
  • Samara Hough, Division of Student Affairs
  • Min Huang, Faculty Council
  • Tatiana Hull, Graduate Student
  • Courtney Humphrey, Graduate Student
  • Andre Louis, Staff Council
  • Murali Mani, College of Arts and Sciences
  • Kyle McCree, Graduate Student
  • Annie McMahon Whitlock, At-large
  • 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