Student Advisory Board

The Student Advisory Board was created to help OEM address the university’s most pressing enrollment-related issues such as access, affordability and diversity. Members of SAB will work collaboratively with administration to increase student access and success outcomes for all students in the U-M community.

From 2017-2018, the board focused on unit-specific projects and provided feedback for the Office of the Registrar’s website redesign, the financial aid eligibility dashboard, and the financial aid off-campus housing worksheet. They are currently working with the Integrated Marketing Communications team on a project on prospective student communications.

  • Brandon Bond

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    College of Literature, Science, and the Arts
    Residential College
    B.A. Biopsychology, Cognition, Neuroscience
    B.A. International Studies
    Minor in Community Action Social Change
    Expected Graduation Date: April 2020

    Brandon is an undergraduate student in the College of Literature, Science, and the Arts and Residential College where he is earning dual degrees in Biopsychology, Cognition, Neuroscience, and International Studies. Passionate about language and advocacy, Brandon recently participated in CGIS’s GIEU program, where he learned Mexican Sign Language, taught English and American Sign Language, and helped lead social justice activities for the Deaf community in Mexico.

    Brandon has a clear passion for helping others, serving as an admissions assistant in the Residential College Admissions and Recruitment Office, a peer advisor in the Center for Global and Intercultural Studies, and a university tour guide in the Office of Undergraduate Admissions.

  • Danielle Colbert

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    School of Information
    B.S. Information
    Expected Graduation Date: April 2019

    Danielle is an undergraduate student in the School of Information, where she is earning a degree in information with a focus on user experience design. A student who is eager to learn outside of the classroom, Danielle has held internships as a UX/UI designer and as a technical project management lead.

    Danielle has assisted graduate students with programming and graded assignments for a class of 200 people. She has enjoyed being a part of the SAB, a position she has held since January of 2017.

  • Kristen Ellison

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    College of Literature, Science, and the Arts
    B.A. International Studies
    Minor: Sociology - Law, Justice, and Social Change
    Expected Graduation Date: 2019

    Kristen Ellison is currently an undergraduate student in the College of Literature, Science, and the Arts concentrating on international studies with a minor in sociology. She has a passion for the study of political, economic, and cultural interconnectedness and this past summer participated in Michigan's Global Course Connections (GCC) program where she spent time in Peru analyzing the impacts of globalization on local communities. She has also interned at Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan where she focused on data analytics and projecting workplace efficiency outcomes.

    Passionate about serving others, Kristen has held several leadership positions in organizations on campus including LSA Student Government, Phi Sigma Pi National Honor Fraternity, and currently works as a research assistant for the Sociology Department. She has extensive ties to the Office of New Student Programs where she serves as a peer facilitator with University of Michigan's Educational Theater Company.

  • Harshita Jalluri

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    College of Literature, Science, and the Arts
    B.S. Public Health
    Minors: Business Administration and Political Science
    Expected Graduation Date: 2021

    Harshita is currently studying Public Health as well as Business Administration and Political Science in the College of Literature, Science, and the Arts. Harshita has held several leadership positions at the University, including the Finance Chair for She’s the First, Fundraising Chair at MedLife, Advocacy Chair of Partners in Health Engage, and Executive Board of the Undergraduate Political Student Association. In the future, she hopes to pursue a career in healthcare administration, policy, and/or management.

    Harshita also has a passion for social justice and has taught English and money management skills to jailed children in Hyderabad, India. She also currently serves as the treasurer and assistant grant writer of the Prison Birth Project, which provides doula care and childbirth education within the scope of the prison system.

    She also actively seeks out service opportunities throughout campus. As a part of the service fraternity Alpha Phi Omega and the community service organization Circle K, Harshita looks for ways to give back to her community.

  • Joyce Lee

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    School of Nursing
    B.S. Nursing
    B.A. Psychology
    Expected Graduation Date: 2021

    Joyce Lee is an undergraduate concentrating in psychology with a minor in population health from a global content. In 2017, Joyce was accepted into the Global Course Connections (GCC) in New Delhi, India, where she participated in clinical observation and community outreach at Salokaya College of Nursing.

    Committed to a life of service, Joyce is a member and committee leader of Alpha Phi Omega, the largest professional service fraternity in the United States. Joyce has both organized and volunteered at events for the Student Nursing Association such as the winter committee for the Ronald McDonald House, and interned at Latino Family Services in Detroit, Michigan. Joyce was recently accepted to the Nursing Gateways Fellowship in which students are able to develop a research project related to Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion.

  • Courtney Mellios

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    College of Literature, Science & the Arts
    B.S., Neuroscience
    Expected graduation date: April 2020

    Courtney Mellios is an undergraduate in LSA who exemplifies leadership through her commitment to helping others. An involved member of her community, Courtney currently serves as a cellular, molecular, and developmental biology tutor through U-M's Science Learning Center.

    Courtney has taken on other leadership roles at the university as well, such as her position as student ambassador in the Office of Undergraduate Admissions, where she mentored prospective students through campus tours and presentations. She is also an Irene and Morris B. Kessler Presidential Scholar and serves as a program peer mentor, Student Advisory Board member, and Community Service Committee representative.

  • Tyler Newquist

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    School of Public Health
    B.A. Community and Global Public Health
    Expected Graduation Date: 2020

    Tyler Newquist is an undergraduate studying Community and Global Public Health in the School of Public Health. From 2016-2017, Tyler was a Undergraduate Research Opportunity Program (UROP) research assistant in the Ford School of Public Policy Education Policy Initiative, where he investigated the effectiveness of Michigan charter schools by analyzing data linked to student achievement. During summers, Tyler works as a senior counselor at Tom Sawyer Camps in California, introducing campers to the natural world and wilderness safety while helping them gain invaluable listening and interpersonal skills.

    Tyler is dedicated to creating a community in which others can succeed, and his work as a U-M student ambassador and as an M-Telefund talent manager, where he personally generated over $20,000 in donations from alumni to support scholarship at the university, exemplify his commitment.

  • Kelly O’Toole

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    College of Engineering
    B.S. Industrial and Operations Engineering
    Minor: Business and International Studies
    Expected Graduation Date: 2019

    Kelly is currently an undergraduate student studying Industrial and Operations Engineering with a minor in Business and International Studies. In 2016, Kelly attended the UM-SJTU Joint Institute in Shanghai, China, where she collaborated with Chinese students in programming and math courses and was chosen as a scholarship blogger for international programs in Engineering.

    Kelly’s leadership experience includes mentoring freshman and international students in the College of Engineering, serving as treasurer and sisterhood chair of the Kappa Phi Lambda sorority, and participating as an executive board member of the Multicultural Greek Council. Kelly is also a recipient of the Clyde Johnson Industrial and Operations Engineering Scholarship and Dean’s Honor List for Academic Distinction.

  • Justin Rogers

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    College of Engineering
    B.S., Industrial and Operations Engineering
    Expected Graduation Date: April 2019

    Self-motivated, curious, and adaptable, Justin is an undergraduate student studying Industrial and Operations Engineering who possesses a wealth of professional and leadership experience. Justin has worked on several data-driven projects for the Center for Healthcare Engineering and Patient Safety, where he has maintained and improved data systems using his technical skills.

    Justin has been involved in many things on campus such as Central Student Government were he served as an Engineering representative and The Institute of Industrial and Systems Engineers were he has been Treasurer, President, and is currently the External Vice President. Since 2014, Justin has maintained an influential role in the Office of New Student Programs as peer educator of the Educational Theater Company, where he both writes and performs academic and transition themed sketches for students.

  • Sydney Wais

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    School of Kinesiology
    B.S. Movement Science
    Expected Graduation Date: 2020

    Sydney Wais is an undergraduate studying Movement Science in the School of Kinesiology. A multifaceted leader, Sydney represents the University of Michigan as a Club Gymnastics athlete in an environment where teamwork, dedication, and accountability are fostered. She also works as an assistant in the Dean’s Office of the Stamps School of Art and Design as well as having served as a camp counselor at Tamarack Camps.

    Sydney has worked as an advisory board project manager in the Office of Enrollment Management since 2016, and as a member of the Bioethics Society where she engages in debates and discussions over various topics in medical ethics through real case examples.