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  • John Burkhardt

    John C. Burkhardt is the founding Director of the National Forum on Higher Education for the Public Good (National Forum) and former Director of the National Center for Institutional Diversity (NCID). John currently holds an appointment as professor of clinical practice at the Center for the Study of Higher and PostsecondaryEducation (CSHPE) at the University of Michigan. Prior to establishing the National Forum, John was program director for leadership and higher education at the W.K.... MORE

  • Betty Overton-Adkins

    Dr. Betty Overton-Adkins is a former Clinical Professor of Higher Education in the Center for the Study of Higher and Postsecondary Education (CSHPE) at the University of Michigan.  She also serves as senior faculty fellow and former director of the National Forum on Higher Education for the Public Good, an applied research center focusing on the scholarship and service to the public good role of higher education.   Prior to joining the University of Michigan, Overton served in a variety... MORE

  • Ilana Israel

    Ilana is a native of Ann Arbor, MI. She graduated from Elon University in NC with a Bachelor’s degree in Strategic Communications. Her interests include working with non-profit organizations, furthering her education, and advocating for social justice and equality. Ilana enjoys traveling, photography, spending time with friends, following sports and hanging out with her two pets, Willie her horse and Rio her dog.

  • Richard Nunn

    Currently, a third year PhD student/Research Assistant in the Center for the Study of Higher and Postsecondary Education (CSHPE) at the University of Michigan. Richard obtained a Bachelor’s degree in Sociology from University of Michigan, a Master’s degree in Higher Education Student Affairs from Eastern Michigan University, and has worked across multiple higher education institutions, mainly in the state of Michigan, in various formal and informal roles. His professional, personal, and... MORE

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    Amy Fulton

    Amy Fulton is currently a doctoral student at the Center for the Study of Higher Education at the University of Michigan. She holds a BFA in Ballet and an Honors BA in English Literature from the University of Utah. In 2008, she graduated from the University of Utah with an M.Ed. in Educational Leadership and Policy, where her graduate assistantship was in student programming at the A. Ray Olpin Union. Amy spent from 2008 through 2015 working at Western Governors University, an online non... MORE

  • Rosario Torres

    Rosario is as second-year graduate student at the Center for the Study of Higher and Postsecondary Education. Rosario is originally from Long Beach, CA. Rosario completed her undergraduate studies at California State University Long Beach where she double majored in English Education and Chicana/o Latina/o Studies. Since graduating from CSULB, she's had the opportunity to work as a financial aid and admission counselor at Marymount California University. She is interested in topics of... MORE

  • Alejandra Acosta

    Alejandra is a graduate student at the UM School of Education working on an MA in Higher Education with a Diversity & Social Justice concentration. Originally from San Jose, CA, she holds a BA in Sociology and Spanish, Community & Culture from UCLA. Alejandra is the daughter and granddaughter of Mexican immigrants, farmworkers, and first-generation college student, which has inspired her work in the immigrant rights movement and toward educational equity. Previously, Alejandra... MORE

  • Juan Jaimes

    Juan graduated from Texas State University with degrees in Family and Consumer Sciences and a minor in Business Administration. Juan has been involved with various non-profits, his university, and his community, specifically in the areas of education and immigration. During his time at Texas State University, Juan founded a student organization to address the issues faced by undocumented students in achieving a college degree. He has worked with organizations such as College Forward,... MORE

  • James Stehlin Jr.

    James is a research assistant and policy analyst at the National Forum. He graduated from the college of Literature, Science, and the Arts at the University of Michigan in December 2017 with a degree in International Studies. Originally from Macomb Township, Michigan, his professional and academic interests include environmental policy and activism, educational equity, human rights, and legal history. He aspires to attend law school and catalyze positive change through his professional... MORE

  • John Vasquez

    John Vasquez is a third year Ph.D. student in the Higher, Adult and Lifelong Education Program in MSU's College of Education. Prior to returning to school to pursue graduate studies, John worked for the University of Michigan for over 20 years in both academic and student affairs. During his time at UM, John worked in the Rackham Graduate School where he lead several programs targeted at retaining and helping to decrease the time-to-degree of under-represented Ph.D. students on campus.... MORE

  • Briana Akani

    Briana is a recent alum of the University of Michigan (April 2016), where she graduated with a Bachelor’s in Psychology with minors in Afro-American & African Studies and Community Action & Social Change. She joined the Forum as a UROP student in 2013 to assist in Dr. Betty Overton-Adkins’ research on shifting demographics at Historically Black Colleges and Universities and has assisted with various other projects since then. Briana’s academic, research, and career interests... MORE

  • Gabriela Santiago-Romero

    Gabriela Santiago-Romero is a Research Assistant at the Forum working on their Leadership and Immigration initiatives. She graduated in May 2015 with her Bachelor of Science in Business Administration, focusing on International Business from the University of Detroit Mercy.

  • Sandra Perez

    Sandra Perez is a first-year student at the University of Michigan: College of Literature, Science, & the Arts. She is undecided on her major and plans to pursue a Spanish minor. She is an editor for the National Forum.

  • Melissa Hernandez

    From Irving,Texas, Melissa is a first year student in the College of Literature, Science, and the Arts at the University of Michigan where she plans to major in political science. After graduating, Melissa wants to further her academic career and attend Law school. Melissa joined the Forum as a UROP student. She is passionate about social justice and issues surrounding immigration. Melissa’s social interests include reading, jogging, traveling, listening to music, watching sports, and... MORE