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The Forgotten Constituency: Engaging Staff in Campus DEI Initiatives    


Recorded January 27, 2021  |  Captions and sign language interpretation provided

90 min  |  $25.00  |  Purchase this webinar



Session Description:

Along with students and faculty, staff are a critical constituency in institutional diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) plans. Staff provide essential services, interact with faculty and students, and play an integral role in promoting and maintaining campus/unit climate. This session focuses on the inclusion of staff as key constituents in campus DEI efforts using examples, perspectives, and experiences from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor--a campus undergoing Year 4 implementation of its Five Year DEI Strategic Plan.This session features an interactive panel discussion addressing two main topics: 1) exploring the various structures and challenges of staff DEI positions in academic and non-academic units and 2) strategic initiatives that focus on staff voices and engagement. This session should particularly benefit anyone who is charged with moving DEI initiatives forward at your institution, current DEI staff, and HR professionals interested in staff retention. Participants will walk away from this session with an understanding of the unique challenges and opportunities facing staff, as well as practical strategies to incorporate staff concerns, issues, and engagement in their DEI efforts.



Jane Berliss-Vincent, A.M.L.S.

Jane Berliss-Vincent (she/her) is the Assistive Technology Manager for U-M. Her responsibilities include providing disabled students with information and demonstrations of hardware and software that make computer use easier or help with academic activities such as reading, writing, and notetaking. She also participates on campus teams addressing accessibility for Google Apps and other widely distributed programs. She is the author of Implementing Cost-Effective Assistive Computer Technology (Neal-Schuman, 2011), Making the Library Accessible for All: A Practical Guide for Librarians (Rowman & Littlefield, 2014), and Assistive Digital Technology and Postsecondary Education (AHEAD, 2021).

Presenter Jane Berliss-Vincent

Tyne Lucas, B.S.

Tyne Lucas serves as Executive Assistant to the Deputy Chief Diversity Officer and Director of Implementation for the Office of Diversity, Equity & Inclusion. Tyne provides administrative support and coordination for the implementation of the University’s five-year diversity, equity and inclusion strategic plan. She is responsible for scheduling and coordination of monthly meetings for the network of over 90 implementation leads in 50 units across campus. Tyne also serves as a diversity, equity and inclusion co-lead for the Provost’s Office, where she coordinates events and activities to address issues of diversity, equity and inclusion and increase staff awareness and aptitude.

Tyne joined the University of Michigan in 2015 and brings to her role a wealth of experience working in the public sector. Prior to her role at U-M, Tyne served as a Service Center Coordinator for Washtenaw County, where she oversaw the delivery of workforce development services to unemployed workers.

Tyne grew up in Detroit and received her BS in communications from Eastern Michigan University. She is passionate about access to higher education for students from underserved communities and support for first-generation college students.

Presenter Tyne Lucas

Nichole Burnside, M.B.A.

Nichole Burnside serves as the Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Program Manager at the School of Public Health. In her current position she oversees the implementation and manages  the School of Public Health DEI programming and strategy for the SPH community. 

Presenter Nichole Burnside

Steve Vinson, M.H.S.A.

Steve started his career as the manager of a multi-disciplinary clinic at Michigan Medicine before switching over to the finance department in 2002.  Steve has been leading the University of Michigan Medical Group Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Committee since March of 2017.  Due to his efforts leading DEI initiatives, Steve was the recipient of the Office of Health, Equity and Inclusion’s inaugural DEI Advocate Award in April of 2018.   Initially, Steve co-wrote the UMMG Committee’s mini-grant proposal for their DEI Driver Program, receiving an award for 2019.  As a member of the organization’s Facilitator Engagement Program, Steve facilitates Diversity, Equity and Inclusion workshops across campus.  Steve is also a member of the University of Michigan Voices of the Staff – Advancing Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Team, receiving the Voices Champion Award in 2019.  He led the Voices-ADEI team projects for the University’s Diversity Summit in 2018 and 2019.  Recently, Steve has represented University of Michigan staff on the Workplace Innovation Staff Experience Committee and the Michigan Medicine Anti-Racism Oversight Committee.

Presenter Steve Vinson

Tina Jordan, B.A.S.

Tina serves as a Project Manager, Facilitator and Learning Consultant in the Office of Organizational Culture and Strategy within the office of the Executive Vice President/ and Chief Financial Officer at the University of Michigan. She is the DEI Lead for the U-M Business & Finance organization, made up of 5 major areas (Facilities & Operations, Finance, Investment Office, Shared Services Center, and University Human Resources) and 2,700 staff members that “Make Blue Go.”

Tina loves people and loves learning. It is her great joy to be able to bring those two passions together in designing and facilitating educational sessions around many different DEI, leadership, relationship and positive organizational culture topics. Tina co-founded the Facilitator Engagement Program at the U-M, to coach and mentor facilitators from all over campus and Michigan Medicine, preparing them to facilitate DEI conversations and educational sessions in their own and other organizations. She collaborates with DEI professionals across the university and at Michigan Medicine to develop DEI programming and resources. A strategic thinker, Tina consults with teams and organizations to understand their goals and determine what is going well in the DEI space and where they can improve, then creates customized plans to build on their success and address areas of improvement.

Presenter Tina Jordan

Mary Rose, Ph.D.

Mary Lai Rose, Ph.D., is the Program Manager in the Office of Diversity, Equity & Inclusion (Office of the Provost) at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, where she supports the implementation of the university-wide strategic plan on diversity, equity & inclusion involving 51 campus units. In this role, Mary draws on her experience in community collaborations, academic support programs for underrepresented groups, research and evaluation, and higher education administration.

Presenter Mary Rose