State Outreach

State Outreach personnel provide a direct line of communication between the University of Michigan and communities statewide. Their goal is to connect U-M resources such as faculty expertise, student projects, unique facilities, research opportunities and findings to the needs of Michigan communities. To that end, they regularly travel the state to establish and maintain personal contact with community organizations, associations and local leaders.

State Outreach includes the Lansing Service Center which manages the Wolverine Caucus that links the expertise and research of University faculty with legislators, staff and interested alumni in the greater Lansing area. The monthly caucus seminars provide relevant research findings about topics of current interest to the state’s policy makers.

State Outreach also manages the Michigan Road Scholars Tour, a traveling seminar around the State of Michigan for UM faculty. This educational tour exposes faculty to the state’s economy, government, culture, educational systems, health and social issues, history, and geography. The goal is to encourage university faculty to think about ways their own academic work can help organizations, individuals and communities in our home state.

State Outreach maintains the Michigan Outreach Directory, an online database designed to help Michigan residents find information about the university’s many outreach projects and services that can benefit their lives and their communities. It provides descriptions and contact information to make it easy for citizens to connect with the project/service directly.

LaSonia Forte

LaSonia Forte

Associate Director of State Outreach | 734-764-7901

LaSonia Forte serves the eastern region of the State of Michigan, including Detroit, Saginaw, Bay City, Midland, and Alpena. As an outreach representative in the Office of Government Relations, LaSonia's role is to build strategic partnerships in the business, institutional, government, education and non-profit sectors throughout the east side of Michigan.

Veronica A. W. Johnson, Ph.D

Veronica A. W. Johnson, Ph.D

Director of the Lansing Service Center | 517-372-7801

Veronica A. W. Johnson currently serves as director of the U-M Lansing Service Center, and as an outreach representative to communities in Mid-Michigan, particularly Battle Creek, Jackson and Mount Pleasant. Veronica earned her Master's degree in Information from the University of Michigan and a Bachelor's degree in Communications/Journalism from Wayne State University. Prior to working for U-M, she worked in State Government for former Governor James J. Blanchard and Senator Hansen Clarke and at the Library of Michigan.

Associate Director Dana Sitzler

Dana Sitzler

Associate Director of State Outreach | 734-763-5554

Dana's areas of outreach include the west side of Michigan, northern, Tribal Connections and Project Manager for Michigan Road Scholars Tour.