1. 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.

  2. 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

  3. Wolverine Caucus: Moms and their Kids – Identifying disparities in care and Supporting Better outcomes

    Mark Rivett posted March 10, 2021

    Wednesday, March 24, 2021

    9:30am – 11:00am

    View Recording here

    Discussion on the critical periods from pregnancy through early childhood is an especially sensitive time for mitigating the multi-generational effects of inequity, trauma, and adversity and promoting mental health. A collaboration across the University of Michigan and the State of Michigan communities to outline a portfolio of research, treatment, training, and advocacy initiatives.


    Vanessa Dalton
    Vanessa Dalton, M.D., M.P.H. Reproductive health services and family planning

    Dr. Dalton’s research interests include family planning and contraception, access to care, healthcare utilization, and human rights. She is Associate Chair of Research in U-M’s Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, the director of the Program on Women’s Health Care Effectiveness Research (PWHER), and Co-Director of the Ryan Residency Training Program. She previously served as Director of the International Family Planning Fellowship in Ghana. Dr. Dalton provides research support and mentorship to numerous faculty, fellows, and students involved in domestic and global health research.

    Maria Muzik MD, MSc
    Associate Professor, UM Department of Psychiatry and Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Co-Director, Women and Infants Mental Health Program (WIMHP)

    Dr. Muzik has held a faculty appointment at the University of Michigan Department of Psychiatry since 2006. Her expertise is in women’s mental health, focusing on pregnancy and postpartum, and she conducts cutting-edge research, directs patient care services, and oversees educational programming in these areas.

    Amy Zaagman
    Executive Director, Michigan Council for Maternal and Child Health

    Amy Zaagman is the Executive Director of the Michigan Council for Maternal and Child Health, an organization of diverse partners comprised of hospital systems, statewide organizations, local public health advocates and individuals with an interest in shaping and influencing state policy that promotes the health and well-being of women, children and families in Michigan since 1983.

    Lynette Beiry
    Strategic Director, Zero to Thrive

    Lynette Biery , PA-C, MSc Lynette Biery is the Director of the Bureau of Family Health Services , with the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services where she provides administrative direction and oversight of the Division of Immunization, the Division of Maternal and Infant Health, and the Division of Child and Adolescent Health. She also serves as the Maternal Child Health Director for Michigan. Lynette has extensive experience in clinical care delivery, research, evaluation, program management and administration. She was Project Manager at the MSU Institute for Health Policy where she worked on a variety of research, policy analysis, and quality improvement projects for both public and private sector organizations, covering a range of maternal child health issues.

    What is the Wolverine Caucus?
    Wolverine Caucus members are University of Michigan alumni including legislators, lobbyists, staff, and advisors working in and around State of Michigan government. They meet with U-M experts on timely, relevant public policy subjects during the legislative session. Our mission is to provide diverse forums at which U-M friends can meet one another, enjoy fellowship, exchange views and learn from the world- class talents of U-M faculty and administrators.

    View Recording here

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