U-M COVID-19 Committees

The University of Michigan has stood up several committees and groups to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic and plan for the fall semester. These groups include U-M faculty who are leaders in their field and foremost staff experts in public health, innovative teaching, engaged learning, physical space use, and much more. Student Life has engaged hundreds of students in wide-ranging aspects of planning.

Many additional individuals are working in our schools, colleges and units, and UM-Dearborn Chancellor Domenico Grasso and UM-Flint Chancellor Debasish Dutta have convened broad groups as well. All of these groups have spent countless hours deeply engaged in efforts to help plan the right course for us for the fall.

The university is examining a multitude of specific issues related to public health and the delivery of our mission, including density in classrooms and offices, face coverings, coronavirus and antibody testing, contact tracing, pedagogy, the needs of our graduate and professional students, and the many dimensions of student life. This planning further includes how we would protect vulnerable populations, monitor the spread of the virus, implement measures to contain the virus, care for anyone who is sick, strengthen our public health infrastructure to protect our community, and enact ongoing mitigation strategies, including interventions we would deploy in advance of the semester and as conditions change.

Cynthia Wilbanks, Chair
Vice President for Government Relations

Tom Baird
Vice President for Development

Liz Barry
Special Counsel to the President

Sally Churchill
Vice President and Secretary of the University

Susan M. Collins
Interim Provost and Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs

Rebecca Cunningham
Vice President for Research

Anthony Denton
Senior Vice President and Chief Operating Officer, Michigan Medicine

Amy Dittmar
Senior Vice Provost for Academic and Budgetary Affairs

Debasish Dutta
Chancellor, University of Michigan Flint

Domenico Grasso
Chancellor, University of Michigan Dearborn

Kevin Hegarty
Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer

Richard Holcomb
Associate Vice President for Human Resources

John Kepley
Director of Executive Communications

Timothy Lynch
Vice President and General Counsel

Preeti Malani
Chief Health Officer and Professor of Internal Medicine

Warde Manuel
Donald R. Shepherd Director of Intercollegiate Athletics

Kallie Michels
Vice President for Communications

Ravi Pendse
Vice President for Information Technology and Chief Information Officer

Marschall Runge
Executive Vice President for Medical Affairs; Dean, U-M Medical School and CEO, Michigan Medicine

Robert Sellers
Vice Provost for Equity and Inclusion, Chief Diversity Officer

Simone Himbeault Taylor
Interim Vice President for Student Life

Eddie Washington
Executive Director, Division of Public Safety and Security

Stephen Yaros
Senior Project Manager, Office of the President

Dubois Bowman, Chair
Dean, School of Public Health

Angela Beck
Assistant Dean for Student Engagement and Practice and Clinical Assistant Professor of Health Behavior and Health Education, School of Public Health

Rob Ernst
Assistant Professor of Internal Medicine, Medical School, Associate Vice President for Student Life, and Executive Director, University Health Services, Student Life

Sharon Kardia
Millicent W Higgins Collegiate Professor of Epidemiology, Professor of Epidemiology and Associate Dean for Education, School of Public Health

Sachin Kheterpal
Associate Dean, Office of Research, Associate Chair for Strategy and Technology, Department of Anesthesiology and Professor of Anesthesiology, Medical School

Steve Kunkel
Executive Vice Dean for Research U-M Medical School, Chief Scientific Officer, Michigan Medicine Peter A. Ward Distinguished University Professor Endowed Professor of Pathology Research

Preeti Malani
Chief Health Officer and Professor of Internal Medicine

Emily Martin
Associate Professor of Epidemiology, School of Public Health

Laura Power
Clinical Assistant Professor of Epidemiology, Adjunct Clinical Assistant Professor of Epidemiology, School of Public Health and Assistant Professor of Internal Medicine

Riccardo Valdez
John G. Batsakis Professor and Associate Professor of Pathology

Laraine Washer
Associate Professor of Internal Medicine and Medical Director-Infection Control Health System

Report of the Ethics and Privacy Committee

Gilbert Omenn, Chair
Harold T. Shapiro Distinguished University Professor of Medicine, Professor of Computational Medicine and Bioinformatics, Professor of Internal Medicine, Professor of Human Genetics, Medical School and Professor of Public Health, School of Public Health

John Ayanian
Alice Hamilton Distinguished University Professor of Medicine and Healthcare Policy, Alice Hamilton Collegiate Professor of Medicine, Director, Institute for Healthcare Policy and Innovation, Professor of Internal Medicine, Medical School, Professor of Health Management and Policy, School of Public Health and Professor of Public Policy, Gerald R Ford School of Public Policy

Reshma Jagsi
Newman Family Professor of Radiation Oncology, Director of the University of Michigan Center for Bioethics and Social Sciences in Medicine (CBSSM) and Professor of Radiation Oncology, Medical School

Anna Kirkland
Arthur F. Thurnau Professor, Executive Director, Institute for Research on Women and Gender, Professor of Women’s Studies, Professor of Sociology, Professor of Political Science, College of Literature, Science, and the Arts and Professor of Health Management and Policy, School of Public Health

Howard Markel
George E. Wantz M.D. Distinguished Professor of the History of Medicine, Professor of Pediatrics, Director Academic Program, Center for the History of Medicine, Professor of Psychiatry, Medical School, Professor of History, Professor of English Language and Literature, College of Literature, Science, and the Arts and Professor of Health Management and Policy, School of Public Health

Peter Railton
Arthur F. Thurnau Professor, Gregory S. Kavka Distinguished University Professor of Philosophy, John Stephenson Perrin Professor and Professor of Philosophy, College of Literature, Science, and the Arts

Robert Sellers
Vice Provost for Equity, Inclusion and Chief Diversity Officer

Alexandra Minna Stern
Associate Dean for the Humanities, Carroll Smith-Rosenberg Collegiate Professor of History, American Culture and Women’s Studies, Professor of American Culture, Professor of History, Professor of Women’s Studies, Professor in the Honors Program, College of Literature, Science, and the Arts, Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Medical School and Faculty Associate, Population Studies Center, Institute for Social Research

Scott Stonington
Assistant Professor of Anthropology, College of Literature, Science, and the Arts and Clinical Lecturer in Internal Medicine, Medical School

Yi-Li Wu
Associate Professor of Women’s Studies and Associate Professor of History, College of Literature, Science, and the Arts

Fall 2020 Coordinating Committee Final Report

Fall 2020 Coordinating Committee Interim Report Appendix

Alec Gallimore, Chair
Robert J. Vlasic Dean of Engineering, College of Engineering

Laura Blake Jones
Dean of Students

Amy Dittmar
Senior Vice Provost for Academic and Budgetary Affairs, Office of the Provost and Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs, Professor of Finance, Stephen M. Ross School of Business and Professor of Economics, College of Literature, Science, and the Arts

Christine Gerdes
Associate General Counsel and Special Counsel to the Provost

James Hilton
Arthur F. Thurnau Professor, Vice Provost for Academic Innovation, Office of the Provost and Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs, Dean of Libraries, University Library, Professor of Information, School of Information and Faculty Associate, Research Center for Group Dynamics, Institute for Social Research

Kedra Ishop
Vice Provost for Enrollment Management

Laurie McCauley
Dean, School of Dentistry

Tim McKay
Associate Dean for Undergraduate Education, Arthur F. Thurnau Professor, Professor of Physics, Professor of Astronomy, College of Literature, Science, and the Arts and Professor of Education, School of Education

Elizabeth Birr Moje
Dean, School of Education

Michael Solomon
Dean, Horace H. Rackham School of Graduate Studies and Vice Provost for Academic Affairs-Graduate Studies

Lynn Videka
Dean, School of Social Work

Frances Mueller
Associate Vice Provost for Academic and Budgetary Affairs

Heather Mozes
Administrative support, Project Manager, Office of the Provost

Lynn Videka, Chair
Dean, School of Social Work

Mary Jo Callan
Director of the Ginsberg Center and Adjunct Lecturer in Social Work, School of Social Work

Amy Conger
Associate Vice Provost and Director of Global Engagement

Barry Fishman
Arthur F. Thurnau Professor; Professor of Education, School of Education; Professor of Information, School of Information

Paula Lantz
James B. Hudak Professor of Health Policy, Associate Dean for Academic Affairs, Professor of Public Policy, Ford School of Public Policy; Professor of Health Management and Policy, School Public Health

Carrie Luke
Enrollment Strategist and Implementation Lead, Office of Enrollment Management

Robert Sellers
Vice Provost for Equity, Inclusion and Chief Diversity Officer

Will Sherry
Director, Spectrum Center

Rob Stephenson
Professor of Nursing, Director of Academic Programs, School of Nursing, Faculty Associate, Population Studies Center, Institute for Social Research and Professor of Health Behavior and Health Education, School of Public Health

Kierra Trotter
Director, Comprehensive Studies Center

Michelle Ehlers
Administrative support, School of Social Work

Michael Solomon, Chair
Dean, Horace H. Rackham School of Graduate Studies and Vice Provost for Academic Affairs-Graduate Studies

Veronica Beck
Doctoral Student; Graduate Student Research Assistant; Neuroscience Program, Medical School

Laura Blake Jones
Dean of Students

James Dalton
Dean, College of Pharmacy

Elena Gallo
Associate Professor of Astronomy, College of Literature, Science, and the Arts

Monica Hakimi
James V Campbell Professor of Law, Professor of Law and Associate Dean for Faculty and Research, Law School

Francine LaFontaine
William Davidson Professor of Business Administration, Senior Associate Dean for Faculty and Research, Professor of Business Economics, Stephen M. Ross School of Business and Professor of Economics, College of Literature, Science, and the Arts

Fiona Lee
Arthur F Thurnau Professor, Associate Dean for Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Professional Development and Professor of Psychology, College of Literature, Science, and the Arts

Raj Mangrulkar
Marguerite S. Roll Professor of Medical Education, Associate Dean for Medical Student Education, Associate Professor of Internal Medicine and Associate Professor of Learning Health Sciences, Medical School

Mary-Ann Mycek
Associate Dean for Graduate and Professional Education, College of Engineering and Professor of Biomedical Engineering, College of Engineering and Medical School

Brad Orr
Arthur F. Thurnau Professor, Professor of Physics, College of Literature, Science, and the Arts, Associate Director, Michigan Nanotechnology Institute for Medicine and Biological Science, Medical School and Associate Vice President for Research – Natural Sciences and Engineering, UM Office of Research

Jonathan Overpeck
Samuel A. Graham Dean, School for Environment and Sustainability

Tim McKay, Chair
Associate Dean for Undergraduate Education, Arthur F. Thurnau Professor, Professor of Physics, Professor of Astronomy, College of Literature, Science, and the Arts and Professor of Education, School of Education

Angela Calabrese Barton
Professor of Education, School of Education

Valeria Bertacco
Arthur F. Thurnau Professor; Vice Provost, Engaged Learning, Office of the Provost and Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs, Professor of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, College of Engineering

James DeVaney
Associate Vice Provost for Academic Innovation and Founding Executive Director of the Center for Academic Innovation

Barry Fishman
Arthur F. Thurnau Professor, Professor of Education, School of Education and Professor of Information, School of Information

Denise Galarza Sepulveda
Director, Foundational Course Initiative

Anne Gere
Arthur F. Thurnau Professor, Gertrude Buck Collegiate Professor of Education, Professor of Education, School of Education and Professor of English Language and Literature, College Literature, Science, and the Arts

Lynda Lisabeth
Professor of Epidemiology and Senior Associate Dean for Faculty Affairs, School of Public Health; Research Professor, Neurology, Medical School

John Montgomery
Arthur F. Thurnau Professor; Margaret and Herman Sokol Professor of Medicinal Chemistry and Professor of Chemistry, College of Literature, Science and the Arts

David Potter
Francis W. Kelsey Collegiate Professor of Greek and Roman History, Arthur F. Thurnau Professor and Professor of Greek and Latin, Department of Classical Studies, College of Literature, Science, and the Arts

Ken Powell
Arthur F. Thurnau Professor and Professor of Aerospace Engineering, College of Engineering

Traci Trimmer
Administrative support, LSA Office of Undergraduate Education

Laurie McCauley, Chair
Dean, School of Dentistry

Marcus Ammerlann
Hiroshi Ikuma Collegiate Lecturer, Ecology and Evolutionary Biology; Molecular, Cellular, and Developmental Biology, College of Literature, Science, and the Arts

David Gier
Dean, School of Music, Theatre & Dance

Neil Marsh
Dow Distinguished Faculty Fellow in Sustainability; Professor of Chemistry and Biological Chemistry, College of Literature, Science, and the Arts

Jonathan Massey
Dean, Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning

Joanna Millunchick
Arthur F. Thurnau Professor, Associate Dean, Undergraduate Education, and Professor of Materials Science and Engineering, College of Engineering

Bradford Orr
Arthur F Thurnau Professor, Professor of Physics, College of Literature, Science, and the Arts, Associate Director, Michigan Nanotechnology Institute for Medicine and Biological Science, Medical School and Associate Vice President for Research – Natural Sciences and Engineering, UM Office of Research

Lori Ploutz-Snyder
Dean, School of Kinesiology

Brad Smith
Professor of Art and Design, Associate Dean for Academic Programs, Penny W Stamps School of Art and Design and Adjunct Professor of Radiology, Medical School

Elona Van Gent
Associate Dean for Academic Programs and Professor of Art, Penny W Stamps School of Art and Design

Karen Zaruba
Assistant Vice Provost for Academic and Budgetary Affairs

Consultants:
John Johnston
Product Manager, ITS Teaching and Learning

Vijay Thiruvengadam
Executive Director of Information Quest, ITS

James Hilton, Chair
Arthur F. Thurnau Professor, Vice Provost for Academic Innovation, Office of the Provost and Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs, Dean of Libraries, University Library, Professor of Information, School of Information and Faculty Associate, Research Center for Group Dynamics, Institute for Social Research

Kathleen Bauer
Interim Chief Operating Officer, Duderstadt Center and Senior Counselor to the Vice Provost for Academic Innovation

Donna Hayward
Associate Dean of Libraries and Librarian, University Library

Kambiz Khalili
Associate Vice President for Student Life, Associate Vice President Auxiliary Operations

Earl Lewis
Thomas C. Holt Distinguished University Professor of History, Afroamerican and African Studies and Public Policy, Director, Center for Social Solutions, Professor of History, Professor of Afroamerican and African Studies, College of Literature, Science, and the Arts and Professor of Public Policy, Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy

Terrence McDonald
Arthur F. Thurnau Professor, Professor of History, College of Literature, Science and the Arts and Director, Bentley Historical Library

Frances Mueller
Associate Vice Provost for Academic and Budgetary Affairs

Christianne Myers
Associate Professor of Theatre and Drama, School of Music, Theatre & Dance

Christina Olsen
Director and Curator, Museum of Art

Laura Burnham
Administrative support, Dean Hilton’s office

Elizabeth Birr Moje, Chair
Dean, School of Education

Sara Blair
Patricia S. Yaeger Collegiate Professor of English Language and Literature, Vice Provost for Academic and Faculty Affairs, Office of the Provost and Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs and Professor of English Language and Literature, College of Literature, Science, and the Arts

Linda Chatters
Paula Allen-Meares Collegiate Professor of Social Work, Professor of Social Work, School of Social Work, Professor of Health Behavior and Health Education, School of Public Health and Faculty Associate, Research Center for Group Dynamics, Institute for Social Research

Monika Dressler
Academic Technologies Services Director, College of Literature, Science and Arts

Thomas Finholt
Dean, School of Information

Matthew Kaplan
Executive Director, Center for Research on Learning and Teaching

Peggy McCracken
Mary Fair Croushore Professor, Domna C. Stanton Collegiate Professor of French, Women’s Studies and Comparative Literature, Professor of French, Department of Romance Languages and Literatures, Professor of Women’s Studies, Professor of Comparative Literature and Director Academic Program, Institute for the Humanities, College of Literature, Science, and the Arts

Fadi Musleh
Project Senior Manager, Office of the Provost and Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs

David Wooten
University Diversity and Social Transformation Professor, Alfred L. Edwards Collegiate Professor, and Professor of Marketing, Stephen M. Ross School of Business

Michelle Semones
Administrative support, School of Education

Student Life Fall planning efforts are organized by committees based on core work.  These core work committees include:

  • Student Support
  • Health & Well Being
  • Essential Services, which includes Housing and Dining
  • Community Development & Learning Experiences
  • Educational Programming (such as social justice, leadership, intercultural, and personal development)

As needs and opportunities emerge during planning, additional groups are formed.  Examples include the student-driven efforts of the COVIE-19 Campus Challenge and the Shared Responsibility Culture of Care efforts.

The Student Life committees align closely with other institutional efforts, such as the various public health, Provost-charged, and ethics committees.

The following groups of students are actively engaged and consulted in the planning processes for returning to a residentially-based 2020-21 academic year, and more are added as the work progresses:

  1. Central Student Government – The executive officers meet with Student Life leadership, the Provost Committee chairs to advise on planning. The CSG Assembly is conducting a student survey seeking input to inform planning efforts.
  2. Campus Climate Advisory Council (CCAC) – This broad-based representative group of over 40 students was constituted in January 2020, initially to advise Presidential Debate 2020 planning efforts. It is now being leveraged to advise on Fall planning. It is comprised of representatives from governance structures, advisory boards, identity-based communities, student organizations and student employee groups within Student Life.
  3. COVID-19 Campus Challenge Participants – This partnership between the College of Engineering and Student Life was the brain child of two students within the College of Engineering (David Chang and Sujai Arakali) who proposed launching a design competition to engage students in innovative planning for campus regarding navigating the impact of COVID-19. Peer mentors and expert staff and faculty are advising 609 students participating in 131 design teams, on issue such as Housing, Transportation, Mental Health and Co-Curricular Engagement, Food Insecurity and DEI initiatives.  This effort has attracted undergraduate and graduate students representing at least 12 schools and colleges.
  4. Influential Student Leaders Advise on Creation of Community of Care Pledge – 18 student leaders representing Central Student Government, Fraternity and Sorority Life (all four councils), Intercollegiate Athletics, and Residence Hall Assembly are co-constructing the elements of the Community of Care Pledge and its implementation to effect shared responsibility for safe and health behavior.
  5. Units, Committees and Schools/Colleges Engaging Students and Student Employees in Conversations Regarding Planning Work – Various Student Life units, Provost appointed committees, and Student Life planning committees engage students. The virtual vehicle is resulting in widespread engagement.

Andy Burchfield
Director Emergency Management, Division of Public Safety & Security

Anjali Anturkar
Associate Vice President for Student Affairs

Hank Baier
Associate Vice President for Facilities and Operations, Office of the Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer

Jim Behm
Executive Director of Enterprise Application Services

Valeria Bertacco
Arthur F Thurnau Professor, Vice Provost, Engaged Learning, Office of the Provost and Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs and Professor of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, College of Engineering

Laura Blake Jones
Dean of Students

Kim Broekhuizen
Associate Director Public Affairs

Amy Conger
Associate Vice Provost and Director of Global Engagement, Office of the Provost and Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs

Austin Conway
Lead Security Officer

Darryl Conway
Senior Associate Athletic Director and Chief Health and Welfare Officer

Lorraine Currie
Director Enterprise Strategic Risk Management

Linda Dintenfass
Emergency Management Specialist

Amy Dittmar
Senior Vice Provost for Academic and Budgetary Affairs, Office of the Provost and Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs, Professor of Finance, Stephen M Ross School of Business and Professor of Economics, College of Literature, Science, and the Arts

Laura Drabczyk
Division of Public Safety and Security Director of Emergency Management, The University of Michigan-Dearborn and Associate Director of Emergency Management, Division of Public Safety and Security, The University of Michigan

Jessica Durkin
Chief of Staff, Office of Research

Dana Elger
Public Affairs Representative

Robert Ernst
Assistant Professor of Internal Medicine, Medical School, Associate Vice President for Student Life, and Executive Director, University Health Services, Student Life

Rick Fitzgerald
Assistant Vice President for Public Affairs

Christine Gerdes
Associate General Counsel and Special Counsel to the Provost

Gary Gorski
Director of Public Safety

Raymond Hall
Director of Public Safety

Karen Halliday
Program Manager, Division of Public Safety and Security

Michael Hague
Vice Chancellor for Business and Finance, Office of the Chancellor

Jennifer Hogan
Director Flint Event and Building Services

Rich Holcomb
Associate Vice President for Human Resources, Office of the Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer

Nikki Hollandsworth
Administrative Assistant, Division of Public Safety and Security

Kedra Ishop
Vice Provost for Enrollment Management, Office of the Provost and Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs

Floyd Johnson
Emergency Preparedness Manager, Division of Public Safety and Security

Jessica Johnson
Continuity of Operations Planning Specialist, Division of Public Safety and Security

John Kepley
Director of Executive Communications

Kambiz Khalili
Associate Vice President for Student Life, AVP Auxiliary Operations

Hilary King
Associate Health System Director for Operations

Mike Lane
Director Environmental Health and Safety & Emergency Preparedness, UM Flint

Preeti Malani
Chief Health Officer and Professor of Internal Medicine

Jeffrey McDole
Communications and Technology Director, Division of Public Safety and Security

Patrick Morgan
Chief International Safety Officer

Kara Morgenstern
Associate Vice President and Deputy General Counsel, Office of the Vice President and General Counsel

Lindsey Mortenson
Medical Director MD and Adjunct Clinical Instructor in Psychiatry, Medical School

Robert Neumann
Chief of Police, University of Michigan Police Department

Shelby Newport
Associate Provost and Dean of Undergraduate Studies, Office of the Provost and Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs and Associate Professor of Theatre, College of Arts and Sciences, The University of Michigan-Flint

Teresa Oesterle
Deputy Director, Division of Public Safety and Security

Andrew Palms
Executive Director of Infrastructure, ITS

Sydney Parmenter
Emergency Management Specialist, Division of Public Safety and Security

Judith Pennywell
International Center Director

Patricia Petrowski
Associate Vice President and Deputy General Counsel, Office of the Vice President and General Counsel and Adjunct Lecturer in Law, Law School

Rob Rademacher
Executive Senior Associate Athletic Director and Chief Operating Officer

Stephanie Riegle
Executive Director for Enrollment Operations and Strategic Initiatives

Pamela Rutter
Manager – Operational Health & Safety

Kathleen Rychlinski
Assistant Director Risk Management

John Seto
Division of Public Safety and Security Deputy Director and Director of Housing Security

Peggy Sheagren
Director of University Human Resources Operations

Danielle Sheen
Executive Director, Environment, Health & Safety

Julie Snyder
Associate Vice Chancellor and Dean of Students, Office of the Vice Chancellor for Campus Inclusion and Student Life, University of Michigan-Flint

Nicole Sunstrum
Director of Social Media & Public Engagement

Brian Uridge
Division of Public Safety and Security Deputy Director and Michigan Medicine Security Director

Tim Wood
Senior Director Human Resources Recruitment and Retention

Carrie Wright
Project Intermediate Manager, Michigan Medicine

Heather Young
Division of Public Safety and Security Communications Director and Associate Director of Strategic Planning & Organizational Development