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APID/A Knowledge Community


The Asian Pacific Islander Desi/American (APID/A) Knowledge Community seeks to enhance the University of Michigan's (U-M) institutional capacity to address each of the three overarching strategies of U-M’s DEI Strategic Plan by developing a deeper understanding of the diversity of the APID/A community at U-M and proposing recommendations for improving the collection, analysis, access, and use of institutional data.

The APID/A Knowledge Community has four goals:

  1. Assess the institutional data sources available for describing the status of APID/A faculty, staff, and students at U-M, with particular interest in race, ethnicity, national origin, and other demographic data elements that reflect the diversity of the APID/A community.
  2. Evaluate the quality of the available data and data collection methods, with a particular focus on the institutional capacity to collect and disaggregate data by race, ethnicity, nation of origin, and other demographic elements that reflect the diversity of the APID/A community.
  3. Recommend suggestions for improving U-M’s institutional data collection, analysis, and reporting relevant to achieving the University’s three overarching strategies for DEI.
  4. Communicate with and engage the U-M community on the Knowledge Community process and findings regarding APID/A faculty, staff, and students.

Faculty-Staff Members

T. Charles Yun
Associate Director of Computing
School of Information

Sinji Yang, PhD
Senior Business Intelligence Analyst
College of Literature, Science, and the Arts

Grace Wu
Managing Director
Taubman Institute

K. Ian Shin, PhD
Assistant Professor of History & American Culture

Reena Sheth, PhD
Embedded Psychologist at Law School
Counseling and Psychological Services

Mary Rose, PhD — Staff Co-Chair
Program Manager
Office of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

Rushika Patel, PhD
Chief Inclusion Officer
Office of the Dean, School of Nursing
LEO Lecturer

Donna Nagata, PhD
Professor of Psychology

Ellen Meader, PhD
Assistant Vice Provost
Office of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

Helen Look, MSI-LIS, AHIP
Collection Analyst
University of Michigan Library

Steve Lin
Assistant Director
First Year Experience

Fiona Lee, PhD — Faculty Co-Chair
Associate Dean for Diversity, Equity & Inclusion/Professional Development
Academic Affairs-Office of the Dean
Arthur F. Thurnau Professor of Psychology
College of Literature, Science, and the Arts

Sooyeon Kim, PhD — Staff Co-Chair
Senior Institutional Research Analyst
Office of Budget and Planning

Clara Y. Kawanishi
Academic Advisor & Coordinator, International Student Affairs
Newnan LSA Academic Advising Center

Yurong Hu
Senior ERP Business Analyst
HR Records and Information Services

Krishna Han, PhD
Associate Director
Office of Multi-Ethnic Student Affairs

Anne Cong-Huyen, PhD
Digital Scholarship Strategist
University of Michigan Library

Marionette Cano
Executive Assistant
Office of the Provost

Contact Information

For more information, please contact co-chairs Mary Rose, program manager in the Office of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion; Sooyeon Kim, senior institutional research analyst in the Office of Budget and Planning; and Fiona Lee, Arthur F. Thurnau professor of psychology, and associate dean of diversity, equity, and inclusion and professional development in the College of Literature, Science, and the Arts (LSA).


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