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Democracy & Debate 2021-22

A university-wide educational initiative, Democracy & Debate encourages students, faculty, staff, and the Michigan community to explore the exchange of ideas and free speech, the responsibilities of members of a democratic society, structural inequalities in our democratic systems, the power of the voice of the individual voter, and democracy from a local to a global perspective.

Democracy & Debate seeks to establish habits of active and informed democratic engagement as we continue to grapple with the multiple challenges that confront our nation and our world.

Dean Co-Chairs

  • Michael Barr, Joan and Sanford Weill Dean of Public Policy, Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy
  • Anne Curzan, Dean, College of Literature, Science, and the Arts

Supporting Schools/Colleges/Units

Alumni Association of the University of Michigan
Center for Academic Innovation
College of Engineering
College of Literature, Science, and the Arts
Edward Ginsberg Center for Community Service and Learning
Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy
Institute for Social Research
Life Sciences Institute
National Center for Institutional Diversity
Office of Diversity, Equity & Inclusion
Rackham Graduate School
Ross School of Business
School for Environment and Sustainability
School of Education
School of Information
School of Kinesiology
School of Music, Theatre & Dance
School of Social Work
Student Life
University of Michigan Museum of Art

Core Team

Team Members

  • Catherine Carver, Lead, Democracy & Debate 2021-22, Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy
  • Cindy Bank, Associate Director, Program in Practical Policy Engagement, Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy
  • Nadia Bazzy, Director, Office of Multi-Ethnic Student Affairs
    Erica Colaianne, Assistant Director, Social Media & Public Engagement, Office of the Vice President for Communications
  • Dilip Das, Assistant Vice Provost, Office of Diversity, Equity & Inclusion, Office of the Provost
  • Elizabeth Demers, Editorial Director, University of Michigan Press
  • Chrisstina Hamilton, Director, Penny Stamps Distinguished Speaker Series and Witt Visiting Artist Program
  • Jeffery Harrold, Coordinator for Academic Standards & Special Populations, LSA Student Academic Affairs
  • Rusty Hills, Lecturer, Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy
  • Kelly Jossart, Director of Alumni Engagement, Alumni Association of the University of Michigan
  • Susan Pile, Senior Director, University Unions & Auxiliary Services
  • Michael Rein, Director of Community Relations, Office of the Vice President for Government Relations
  • Bianca Shah, Government Relations Coordinator, Central Student Government
  • Janelle Simmonds, Strategic Partnerships Lead, Center for Academic Innovation
  • Josephine Swaney, Vice President for Education, Turn up Turnout
  • Marie Ting, Associate Director, National Center for Institutional Diversity
  • Dave Waterhouse, Associate Director, Edward Ginsberg Center for Community Service and Learning
  • Ann Zalucki, Associate Director Film Office/Training & Events Manager, Facilities & Operations


Consultants

  • James DeVaney, Associate Vice Provost for Academic Innovation
  • Angela Dillard, Department Chair, History; Richard A Meisler Collegiate Professor of Afroamerican and African Studies and in the Residential College
  • Edie Goldenberg, Professor of Public Policy and Political Science

Steering Committee

Members

  • Michelle Bellino, Associate Professor, School of Education
  • Ethriam Cash Brammer, Assistant Dean and Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Implementation Lead; Rackham Graduate School
  • John Ciorciari, Associate Professor of Public Policy and Director of the Gerald R. Ford School’s Weiser Diplomacy Center and International Policy Center
  • Mark Clague, Associate Dean for Undergraduate Academic Affairs; Director, U-M Gershwin Initiative; Associate Professor of Musicology and Entrepreneurship & Leadership, School of Music, Theatre & Dance
  • Justin Hodge, Clinical Assistant Professor of Social Work; Co-lead for the Policy & Political Social Work Pathway, School of Social Work
  • Sara Hughes, Assistant Professor, School for Environment and Sustainability
  • Annette Joseph-Gabriel, Associate Professor of French, College of Literature, Science, and the Arts
  • Ken Kollman, Director, Center for Political Studies, Institute for Social Research; Frederick G. L. Huetwell Professor and Professor of Political Science, College of Literature, Science, and the Arts
  • Jim Leija, Deputy Director of Public Experience and Learning, University of Michigan Museum of Art
  • Joanna Millunchick, Associate Dean for Undergraduate Education; Arthur F. Thurnau Professor for Materials Science and Engineering, College of Engineering
  • Paul Resnick, Michael D. Cohen Collegiate Professor; Associate Dean for Research and Faculty Affairs; School of Information
  • Mark Rosentraub, Bruce and Joan Bickner Endowed Professor of Sport Management, School of Kinesiology/The University of Michigan Center for Sport and Policy; Professor of Urban Planning/Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning
  • Kristin Seefeldt, Associate Professor of Social Work, School of Social Work and Associate Professor of Public Policy, Gerald R Ford School of Public Policy; Associate Director, Poverty Solutions
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a portrait of Michael Barr
Our democracy is strong when we nurture and protect it every day, not simply in election season. Our programming this year will help to engage students, faculty, staff, and alumni and educate the broader public on critical local, state, national, and global issues.
- Michael Barr, Joan and Sanford Weill Dean of Public Policy, Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy