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Open House

Amelia Burns (@burnstorm), 2022

Friday, October 21, 2022
2:00 - 4:00 PM
Science Learning Center, Chemistry Building

Beginning in 2019, the SLC partnered with artist and U-M alumnus Doug Jones on an inclusive and collaborative art project involving U-M students and staff. Doug specializes in all-inclusive, collaborative design and invented his PIXEL Technique used in much of his work. Several years ago, Doug worked with the U-M Library on a similar project, Connect the Dots: Collective Interpretations from the U-M Library Collections, from 2018-2019. U-M Library published a video describing that project and Doug's approach. You can also view the online exhibit or see the works in person in the Shapiro Undergraduate and Hatcher Graduate libraries.

This fall, the SLC will unveil the four art pieces created in collaboration with Doug and over 50 U-M student and staff co-creators. The special open house will be revealed as part of the newly renovated Science Learning Center. We have worked closely with our partners in LSA facilities to plan and implement renovations that go beyond aesthetic and infrastructure improvements, but focus on making the physical space more welcoming and inclusive. This artwork will be a critical component of our transformed space.


Tabbye Chavous
Vice Provost for Equity & Inclusion

Tabbye Chavous has served as the vice provost for equity and inclusion and chief diversity officer since August 1, 2022.

She oversees the Office of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion and meets regularly with the president as the principal adviser on DEI issues and provides overall leadership of these efforts. She reports directly to the provost and is involved in academic affairs, including faculty recruitment and retention, tenure and promotion, and faculty development.

Her research and expertise focus on identity development among racially minoritized adolescents and young adults, and the measurement and impacts of institutional climates on all students’ academic, social and psychological adjustment. Previously she was the director of the National Center for Institutional Diversity and associate dean for diversity, equity and inclusion in LSA.

She attended the University of Virginia where she received a bachelor of arts in interdisciplinary studies in 1993, and a master of arts in 1996 and a Ph.D. in 1998, both in community psychology. Chavous joined the U-M faculty in 1998 as an assistant professor in the Department of Psychology’s combined program in education and psychology. She became an associate professor in the School of Education from 2004-12, and then in LSA from 2005-12. She became a professor in both schools in 2012.

From 2007-12, Chavous chaired the combined program in education and psychology, and was the associate dean for academic programs and initiatives in the Rackham Graduate School from 2012-16. She was an associate vice president for research from 2019-21.

She was also co-director of the Center for the Study of Black Youth in Context, which she co-founded in 2008. She has served on the executive committees for the Center for Statistical Consultation and Research, Humanities Collaboratory, and the Institute for Research on Women and Gender, and as a member of the University Academic Affairs Advisory Committee.

National service roles include two National Academies of Science, Engineering and Mathematics committees focused on broadening diversity and access in science, technology, mathematics and engineering fields, and editorial leadership roles in scholarly journals across education and psychology.