Student Advisory Board

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

 

  • Chanel Alana Barnes

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    University of Michigan College of LSA
    Communications/ Sociology Sub-plan Social Work
    Expected Graduation Date: May 2023

    Chanel Alana Barnes is an undergraduate student at the University of Michigan, passionate in spreading love, support, healing, and positivity to all people through public service, public speaking, and artistry. For her first two years at U-M, she has gained numerous student leadership positions to achieve her passion including: Co-Chaplain for Michigan Gospel Chorale, Black Student Union Community Outreach Committee Chair,  Marketing Chair for Creatives of Color, E-board for a student organization KIN (Kindness in Numbers), and Student Advisory Planning Group for the 2020 U of M DEI Summit. She has also worked for numerous U-M programs, catering to students wellbeing including: Marketing and Media Assistant at Wolverine Wellness (a U-M program dedicated to providing well-being resources to students on campus), Receptionist at U Of M department called OAMI (Office of Academic Multicultural Initiatives), Pretty Brown Girl Facilitator (a non-profit organization that promotes self-confidence and leadership development for girls of color), and College Assistant at a summer camp called Math Corps( mentoring and teaching kids math).

    In her free time, Chanel loves to take time for herself, create encouraging content (blogs, videos, art) and watch inspirational videos. She wants you to know that you can change the world through your inner strength and truth!

  • Kristen Bolster

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    The Ford School of Public Policy
    B.A. Public Policy
    Minor in Creative Nonfiction English
    Expected Graduation Date: May 2022

    Kristen is an undergraduate student in the Ford School of Public Policy where she is earning a degree in Public Policy and minoring in Creative Writing with a Nonfiction concentration through the College of Literature, Science, and the Arts. Interested in the field of law and international politics, Kristen has interned at her local County Prosecutor's Office and has been a member of Model United Nations at the University of Michigan for two years. Kristen has also participated in the Michigan Research and Discovery Scholars Learning Community, where her research project of two years focused on Creative Writing and Publishing. Kristen has returned to this Learning Community as a Resident Advisor in her third year to share her knowledge of research with first year students. 

    Kristen is also a member of the Comprehensive Studies Program (CSP) on campus, which gives support services to those who are first generation college students, low income students, students of a racial or ethnic minority, and many more. She is passionate about giving back to her community in her roles as a CSP Student Ambassador, a CSP Mentor, and a CSP Course Assistant for the CSP Summer Bridge Program. 

  • Katie Chung

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    College of Literature Science and the Arts
    B.A. Organizational Studies
    Minor in Spanish
    Expected Graduation: May 2022

    Katie is an undergraduate junior in the College of Literature, Science, and the Arts studying Organizational Studies. With a focus on social change and human capital, she is most interested in analyzing the most efficient and effective ways to cultivate strong organizational culture and transformational leadership through human capital management. Katie is currently interning with Brilliant Detroit to fund projects such as the creation of Kid Success Parks and expanding STEM programming in various community hubs in Detroit neighborhoods. She continues to engage with campus organizations by serving as a Life Group leader at Harvest Mission Community Church, facilitating Conversation Circles for the English Language Institute, and tutoring for Detroit Education Society.

    Outside of school, she is most likely making kombucha or listening to podcasts. She highly recommends Revisionist History hosted by Malcolm Gladwell.

  • Emma Deridder

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    University of Michigan College of Engineering
    Mechanical Engineering
    Expected Graduation Date: May 2022

    Emma is an undergraduate student in the college of engineering studying mechanical engineering. She is a transfer student with a personal knowledge of the difficulties of transitioning from a community college to a major university. She is a member of the Phi Sigma Rho sorority for women in engineering and participates in the College of Engineering Peer Mentor Program. She has a special interest in aerospace and nuclear engineering and spent last summer working for the Department of Energy’s Savannah River Nuclear Solutions in their criticality safety department. She enjoys painting and plays guitar and piano and she volunteers as a camp counselor.

  • Hawi Eticha

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    College of Literature, Science and the Arts
    Biopsychology, Cognition and Neuroscience
    Program in International Studies
    Expected Graduation Date: May 2022

    Hawine is an undergraduate student in the College of Literature, Science and the Arts pursuing a double-major Bachelor of Science degree in Biopsychology, Cognition and Neuroscience, and International Studies with a focus on Global Environment and Health, and a minor in Community Action and Social Change.  

    Hawine is in her fourth year working on a research project exploring human rights violations against indigenous people throughout Africa by publishing individually researched case studies. She is also a research assistant in the Becker Lab, investigating the effects of stimulants on rodent behavior and how ovarian hormones influence drug-taking behaviors. Hawine is president of KIN, a student org dedicated to dissecting mental health discrepancies within minority groups, as well as Vice President of Events at GenMH, an org focused on building future leaders within the mental health field. 

    Passionate about the intersection of mental health and global social issues, Hawi hopes to pursue graduate school and eventually attain a Ph.D in Clinical Psychology in order to lessen the gap in minority mental healthcare providers as well as research these discrepancies further.

  • Maria Fields

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    College of Engineering
    Industrial and operations engineering
    Minor in Computer Science
    Expected Graduation Date: May 2024

    Maria is an undergraduate student in the College of Engineering majoring in industrial and operations engineering with a minor in computer science. She is the founder and president of a student organization on campus dedicated to working with local and Detroit communities to improve childhood literacy and increase diversity in STEM sponsored by her non-profit G.R.O.W. (Generate Real Opportunities and Wonder) Tutoring Program. She is an Engineering Representative of Central Student Government, and is involved in other student advisory board including the College of Engineering DEI SAB, the Ginsberg Center SAB, and CAPS SAB. She is a member of the UMMA Student Engagement Council, and the Executive Director Alternative Spring Break. Maria was also a research assistant in the “In Silico Drug Design For Pain and Addiction Therapeutics” lab through the Undergraduate Research Program.

  • Nicole Horne

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    College of Literature, Science, and the Arts
    Program in Philosophy, Politics, and Economics
    Minor in Entrepreneurship and Creative Writing
    Expected Graduation Date: May 2022

    Nicole is an undergraduate student in the College of Literature, Science, and the Arts Honors Program. She is studying Philosophy, Politics, and Economics with minors in Entrepreneurship and Creative Writing. She hopes to go on to graduate school and further study political economy after she graduates. Nicole likes to get involved on campus and also within the Ann Arbor community where she volunteers at a local elementary school once a week. She enjoys running, cooking, reading, and being outdoors. 

  • Ikalanni Jahi

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    STAMPS School of Art & Design
    BFA in Art & Design with a concentration in Illustration
    Minor : Currently Undetermined
    Expected Graduation: May 2024

    Ikalanni Angaya Dosan Jahi (2001), was born in Las Vegas, Nevada, but moved with her family to Detroit, Michigan in her early years. Growing into the arts from a very young age, she has been involved in many extracurricular groups and activities including the Skillman Foundation, Cranbrook Art Institute, Detroit Neighborhood Arts Corp, Noel Night, and organizations within her highschool like NHS and NAHS. In addition to that, she has volunteered over many hours, previously working hand-in-hand with her highschool to introduce arts to younger students and organizing events throughout the school. Most of her artistic experience has been gained over the years, but her concentration on Illustration, Painting, and Digital Art solidified in high school, as well as an interest in Performing Arts and Vocal Teaching. Graduating Arts Academy in the Woods in 2019, she went on to transfer into the STAMPS School of Art and Design at the University of Michigan in 2020.

    Currently, she is working to complete her BFA in Art & Design while working a part-time job and getting involved in organizations within UMich.

  • Parker Kehrig

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    College of Literature Science and the Arts
    Sociology and Women’s and Gender Studies
    Expected Graduation: May 2022

    Parker is a senior in the College of LS&A studying Sociology and Social Work and Women’s and Gender Studies. Ze is a proud member of the Spectrum Center’s 50th Anniversary Oral History Project, where they work on a team to document and preserve the stories of LGBTQ+ alumni. He is also an intern with the Michigan Fertility Alliance, an organization working to decriminalize surrogacy in Michigan, as the team’s oral historian.

  • Maggie Lloyd

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    School of Nursing
    B.S Nursing
    Expected Graduation Date: 2022

    Maggie is currently an undergraduate student at the School of Nursing, where she is pursuing a Bachelor of Science in Nursing. She has a passion for providing and creating equal access to care, which is why she volunteers for the Kidney Disease Screening and Prevention club (KDSAP). At KDSAP, she participates in free health screenings around the Ann Arbor area for those who may otherwise lack access to healthcare, or lack the education on the signs and symptoms of Kidney Disease. Maggie is also a member of CAPS in Action, which advocates for student’s mental health across campus.

    Excited for a future career in the medical field, Maggie works with the Office of Admissions at the Medical School, helping facilitate interview days for prospective medical students. She also worked at the Eisenhower Center this past summer, gaining direct patient experience through caring for people that have Traumatic Brain Injuries.

  • Amal Oudeif

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    College of Literature, Science and the Arts
    Major: Biomolecular Science
    Expected Graduation Date: December 2022

    Amal is an undergraduate student pursuing a major in Biomolecular Science at the College of Literature, Science and the Arts. Before transferring to the UM, she graduated with a certificate in Accounting for Business and acquired experience in computer info systems, accounting, and business analytics while volunteering for a family business.

    Last summer, Amal completed the STEM Scholars Summer Intensive of the STEM Scholars Program, a bridge program that encourages diversity in STEM disciplines and aims to improve transfer student success. In 2021, she was nominated a Jack Kent Cooke Transfer Scholar Semifinalist.

    Currently a member of the Comprehensive Studies Program and the Barger Leadership Institute, Amal strives to become an involved member of the learning community at UM. After graduation, she hopes to pursue medical school to study pathophysiology. As a member of OEM’s Student Advisory Board, her goal is to improve the transfer student experience by providing individual insight into challenges transfer students may encounter.

  • Vincent Sposato

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    Stephen M. Ross School of Business
    Bachelors of Business Administration
    Expected Graduation: May 2023

    Vincent is an undergraduate sophomore in the Ross School of Business where he is concentrating in Management Consulting, HR, and Investment Management.

    Vincent has created new pathways for first-generation, local high school students when he co-founded the Financial Literacy Club to engage in conversations about the financial aspects of college, like filling out the FASFA or teaching how student loans affect immediate and long-term financial decisions. Vincent is also constantly looking for ways to promote diversity within the business industry, as he’s the current President of the Association of Latino Professionals For America (ALPFA), an organization that focuses on providing professional development workshops and career resources for members. Vincent’s passion is making sure all students have fair and equitable opportunities shows how enthusiastic he is to be a part of OEM’s SAB.

    Some of Vincent’s hobbies include playing eight different musical instruments, hiking/running, and watching professional sports.

  • Itzel Talavera

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    College of Literature, Science, and the Arts
    Major Undeclared
    Expected Graduation: May 2024

    Itzel is an undergraduate student in the College of Literature, Science, and the Arts interested in molecular biology, although she hasn’t decided on a major. In line with her interest in biology, she is currently an intern in Dr. JoAnn Sekiguchi’s molecular mechanisms of disease laboratory through U-M’s undergraduate research opportunity program (UROP). In the summer of 2021, she will intern through the MCDB Horizons Summer Research Program. Itzel is also a member of U-M’s Model United Nations club (MUNUM), as well as Michigan International Student Society (MISS). She also works with the Residence Halls Association (RHA) as a team leader, organizing and executing activities for students on-campus for the Winter 2021 semester.

    Outside of school, Itzel enjoys listening to music, reading, and watching shows/movies, especially thrillers and romcoms.

  • Lesley Tayagua Lua

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    College of Literature, Sciences, and the Arts
    Political Science and Sociology
    Minor in Latino/a Studies
    Expected Graduation: May 2023

    Lesley is an undergraduate student in the College of Literature Sciences, and the Arts where she is pursuing a double major in Political Science and Sociology with a focus on Law, Justice, and Social Change, as well as minoring in Latino/a Studies. She is currently serving as Internal Director for La Casa, the central Latinx student organization on campus where she continues to advocate for the Latinx community on and off campus. Aside from her involvement with La Casa, Lesley is a part of the Public Service Internship Program, is a Research Assistant for the Sociology Department, and is active with the Michigan Community Scholars Program as a Peer Advisor for the Intergroup Relations Council. After graduating Lesley hopes to attend law school to become a Civil Rights and Immigration Attorney to help those that are marginalized.

    Outside of school, Lesley enjoys going on walks around the lakes, volunteering as an ESL tutor, dancing, and cooking.

  • Sophia Timban

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    School of Dentistry
    B.S. Dental Hygiene
    College of Literature Science and the Arts
    Biochemistry Minor & Social Class and Inequality Studies Minor
    Expected Graduation: May 2022

    Sophia is a third year undergraduate student in the School of Dentistry and the College of Literature, Science, and the Arts where she is pursuing a B.S. in Dental Hygiene with minors in Biochemistry and Social Class and Inequality Studies. Sophia’s love for both art and science has led her to pursue a career in the dental field to eventually become a dentist. She is passionate about providing equal access to quality health/dental care as well as education. This is why she not only is a part of OEM’s SAB, but also serves as the Fundraising Chair for her Dental Hygiene cohort and as a literacy tutor for Brilliant Detroit. As fundraising chair, she is responsible for raising money for dental students in need of financial assistance with board exams and dental costs. For Brilliant Detroit, she mentors kindergarten - 4th grade students to improve their literacy skills so that they are prepared for school and life. Her passions don’t end there. Sophia is also an involved member in many cultural organizations. She serves as the Fundraising Chair and co-Rush Chair for the multicultural sorority, Alpha Kappa Delta Phi. She also celebrates her cultures through her membership in Korean Student Association (KSA) and Filipino American Student Association (FASA). Sophia enjoys being a traditional Korean fan dancer for KSA.

    As a HAIL Scholar, she wants to take all she has learned so that she can give back to those in disenfranchised communities. With a career in dentistry, she hopes to reduce the disparity in access to oral health care. Asides from school and extracurriculars, Sophia is a secretary at the Hillel and creates art and clothing that she sells.

  • Augustine Vanlianuk

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    College of Literature, Science and the Arts
    Neuroscience
    Expected Graduation Date: May 2023

    Augustine is an undergraduate student in the College of Literature, Science and the Arts pursuing a major in neuroscience. He is working as a research assistant in Cognition and Aging Lab. Currently, the study he is helping focuses on reinforcement learning, aging, and loss incentive. The purpose of the study is to discover more on how aging affects decision making when it particularly involves the risk of losing monetary values. He is a first-generation immigrant and college student. He is grateful for the blessings he received and hopes to learn lessons from his upcoming successes and failures.

  • Rebeca Yanes

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    College of Literature, Science & Arts
    B.A. Psychology and Spanish
    Expected Graduation: May 2022

    Rebeca is a rising fourth-year undergraduate student studying Psychology and Spanish at the University of Michigan (U-M). However, her interests in the field of psychology lie in the research. She is particularly interested in community or social psychology. Rebeca hopes to pursue a Master's program in community psychology or grassroots policy. While studying at the U-M, Rebeca splits her commitment to working as an undergraduate research assistant for the Language & Literacy Lab, led by Dr. Kovelman under the Department of Psychology, and to serving on the executive board for La Casa, the central Latinx student organization on campus. She is dedicated to equity across all communities and social justice centering Latinx individuals. Her time working in the Language & Literacy lab has encouraged her to take a research-based approach and to advocacy and bridging gaps across communities. Her ultimate goal is to pursue research and work with urban communities addressing resource equity and intra-community sustainability. As she serves on OEM’s student advisory board, her goal is to support the team in identifying equitable policies for all students, offering some individual insight into her experience as a Latinx student and community leader.

    In her free time, Rebeca seeks out opportunities to participate in community initiatives and events. Additionally, she enjoys reading fiction and a variety of movies.

  • William Zhang

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    School of Information
    B.S. Information, Minor in Computer Science
    M.S. Information
    Expected Graduation Date: April 2022

    William earned a B.S. in Information in 2021 with a minor in Computer Science, and is currently a graduate student in the School of Information studying Human-Computer Interaction. William has extensive experience in user experience design, digital consulting, and product development. He also worked as an instructional aide for undergraduate and graduate courses at the School of Information.

    Last summer, William served as a full-stack designer and researcher for Michigan’s official COVID-19 Indicator Dashboard

    Outside of school, William has advised and previously served in leadership for Reach Consulting Group. He also founded Alpha Theta Delta, Michigan’s first co-ed multidisciplinary design fraternity. William is also a clarinetist for the Michigan Marching Band and the Michigan Pops Orchestra.

  • Wayne Zhu

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    College of Engineering
    Bachelors of Science in Engineering
    Major in Mechanical Engineering
    Minors in Electrical Engineering and Multidisciplinary Design Program
    Expected Graduation: May 2023

    Wayne is an undergraduate student in the college of engineering studying mechanical engineering with minors in electrical engineering and multidisciplinary design. Wayne is the director of Mentorship and Alumni relations in First Generation Engineers, an organization dedicated to providing opportunities and programs towards helping first generation students overcome the challenges barriers of being a first generation student. Wayne is also an assistant lead within the Multidisciplinary Design Program research team called “MiTEE”, along with being an Eboard member within Michigan Climbing Club as social chair. As a first generation student himself, Wayne focuses on impacting foundational programs to encourage students to develop and work on their passions, mental health, and belongingness as college students. In his free time, Wayne enjoys working out, rock climbing, playing music (guitar, violin, ukulele, or piano), and spontaneous excursions.