1. Shrijesh Siwakoti Diversity Internship Award Recipient

    Mark Rivett posted April 26, 2021

    In April, 2021 U-M School of Information presented the Dr. Veronica Wilkerson-Johnson Diversity Internship Award to Shrijesh Siwakoti.

    Shrijesh Siwakot is a second-year graduate student at the University of Michigan School of Information (UMSI), studying Data Science. He is also a recipient of the Dr. Veronica Wilkerson Johnson Diversity Internship Award, which is intended for School of Information students in underrepresented populations to support their annual internships. Dr. Veronica Wilkerson Johnson is the former Director of the UM Lansing Service Center.

    Shrijesh worked as a data science intern for the Detroit Police Athletic League’s Program Administration team this summer. Detroit PAL is a nonprofit organization in Detroit that serves its youth through several sports, academic and leadership development programs, and aims to improve community-police relations by bringing them together. He worked with their sports and demographic data from 2019, his work involved extracting, cleaning up and analyzing data to create several annual reports.

    He also got the opportunity to work in Lansing with the UMSI Citizen in Design Program (CID). The Citizen interaction Design Program is a course that aims to create information tools that support 21st-century citizenship. This is a project-based, experiential learning course where students apply their skills to create information products in partnership with a Michigan community. Students will work with partners in Michigan communities to deliver information tools and services that foster an engaged citizenry. Students will work in teams, travel to the partner community, and have support of administrative staff to manage projects.

    Shrijesh Siwakoti

    Shrijesh Siwakoti

    With the successful completion of this internship, I got the opportunity to work with real world datasets and reiterate my interests in working in the social sciences field and certainly was the first step towards launching my future career as a data scientist. None of this would have been possible without your generosity. I sincerely appreciate your kindness and support. I hope to have the opportunity to meet with you in the future.

  2. UM Expert Testimony at Appropriations Subcommittee on Universities and Community Colleges

    Mark Rivett posted March 29, 2021

    UM Rackham Dean Michael Solomon and OAMI’s Christine Wylie testified before the MI Senate Subcommittee on Higher Education and Community Colleges related the state’s King Chavez Parks Scholarship program and specifically student success in relations to the Future Faculty Fellowship Program and the MI Community College & University Partnership program.

    Michael Solomon

    Mike Solomon,
    Dean and Vice-Provost for Academic Affairs – Graduate Studies, Rackham Graduate School

    Mike Solomon

    Dean and Vice-Provost for Academic Affairs – Graduate Studies, Rackham Graduate School

    Mike Solomon is a Professor of Chemical Engineering and a Professor of Macromolecular Science and Engineering at the University of Michigan. He was previously Dow Corning Assistant Professor of Chemical Engineering and has been a member of the Michigan faculty since 1997. Prior to joining U-M, Dean Solomon was a postdoctoral research fellow at the University of Melbourne, Australia. He received his B.S. in Chemical Engineering and Economics from the University of Wisconsin at Madison in 1990 and his Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering from the University of California at Berkeley in 1996. He was a Rotary Foundation International Fellow in Economics at the Université d’Aix-Marseille II, Aix-en-Provence, France from 1990 to 1991.

    Christine Wylie

    Christine Wylie, M.A.,
    Assistant Director, Program Manager – Office of Multicultural Initiatives

    Christine Wylie, M.A.

    Assistant Director, Program Manager – Office of Multicultural Initiatives

    Christine has been with the University since 1978 and brings over 25 years of higher education experience to OAMI. She serves as the Michigan-Pursuing Our Dreams (M-POD) transfer Program Manager and Chair of the Student Academic Multicultural Initiatives (SAMI) committee.


  3. President Schlissel urges lawmakers to invest more in public higher education

    Mark Rivett posted March 18, 2021

    Read full story on The Record

    The University of Michigan provides the state with a strong return on investment and could further strengthen its academic programs and student financial aid support with an increase in base funding for the state’s public universities.

    The was the message President Mark Schlissel delivered Thursday to state lawmakers in the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Higher Education and Community Colleges. The annual testimony, delivered virtually this year, comes as legislators begin the months-long process of hammering out a state budget before the start of the new fiscal year on Oct. 1.

    Schlissel argued that the COVID-19 pandemic has demonstrated why state support of “its oldest public research university” is critical.

    President Mark Schlissel

    Mark Schlissel: University of Michigan President

    “As fellow Michiganders, we can all be proud that when our world needs knowledge, care andunderstanding most, U-M rises to the challenge,” he said. “As we have for more than 200 years, we are serving the public through education, research and service – and we very much appreciate the partnership of the people of Michigan in making that happen.”

    Since 2001, U-M has become increasingly reliant on tuition, research grants, fundraising and other sources of revenue to offset the declining share of revenue from state appropriations. In 1970, state funding accounted for 64 percent of the Ann Arbor campus general fund, while this year it covered only 14 percent.

    Read full story on The Record


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