Teams & Issues: Diversity Team

Note: This team is no longer active. The information below is available to document the history of service VOICES members have provided to the university community. Many of the issues addressed by this team are now a focus of the Work Climate Team.

Diversity Team


The VOICES of the Staff network team for Diversity is dedicated to exploring ways to foster a welcoming and inclusive environment.


  • To examine the selected topic of diversity by offering creative ways to encourage and promote diversity in every work area and department.
  • Indentifying innovative strategies to sustain and improve effectiveness in recruiting, retaining and supporting a diverse staff.
  • Indentifying rich opportunities for interaction and ways to address institutional barriers to success.
  • Identifying ways to provide recognition for staff who demonstrate a commitment to diversity.
  • Addressing how to provide an environment where intercultural skills are developed and enacted among diverse campus constituencies and with community partners.
  • Exploring ways to create a climate and environment so stimulating and attractive that the experience of difference becomes a source of excellence and an instrument of achievement.


In March 2009, the VOICES Diversity Team received an award of $5000 from the University of Michigan Diversity Council to produce a DVD that will showcase staff diversity and provide a recruitment tool to enhance diversity in the future. The DVD may be used on Web sites such as Careers at the U and Building Great Places to Work. In a letter notifying the Diversity team of the award, Lester Monts, Senior Vice Provost for Academic Affairs and Special Counselor to the President for the Arts, Diversity and Undergraduate Affairs, congratulated the Diversity team and expressed thanks "for your efforts to expand access to and understanding of the value of diversity."

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Work in Progress

  • The Diversity Team is currently assembling best practice information from within and outside the University of Michigan.


Recommended Documentary

Moving Forward Through Looking Back: A documentary created by the Business & Finance Diversity Committee for the 2007 MLK Convocation.
Click your choice of WMV or Flash video format.

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Network Team Members

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Team Members


Earl Bell

Office of Financial Analysis

Erika Brunson-Gillespie

Intervention Radiology

Wendi Fornoff

Institute for Social Research

Jennifer Goodhue

School of Nursing

Keisha Huff

Office of the VP for Development

Tracy King

Oncology/Cardiology Surgery

Elizabeth LaPorte

School of Natural Resources & Environment

Tamika McGee

Laundry Services

Diana Medina-Urbina

Multicultural Health

Jane Miller

Interpreter Services

Denise Moore

College of Engineering (AOSS)

Marjorie Nellis

East Ann Arbor Health Center

Adam Paberzs

Multicultural Health

Amy Perry, Facilitator

School of Nursing

Paula Ross

Medical School Administration

James Toy

Office of Institutional Equity

Jarrod Van Kirk

Financial Operations

Melody Vanoy

Health System Human Resources

Deanna Wadley


Anthony Walesby, Advisor

Office of Institutional Equity

Ramona Ward, Facilitator

UMHS Human Resources

2009 Continuing Team Roster (PDF)


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