I'm a PhD candidate in sociocultural anthropology studying the impacts of climate change on high altitude communities in Peru. I'm originally from coastal Maine and love spending time outdoors-- hiking, swimming, and kayaking when I can get the chance. I'm passionate about environmental and sustainability issues, and interested in storytelling and ethnography as methods for community engagement and social change.
My name is Anitha Mohan and I am currently pursuing a Master’s in Social Work with a focus on social policy and evaluation. I have a bachelor’s degree in Political Science and Women’s Studies from the University of Maryland, College Park. Although I’ve spend the last several years in Maryland and Washington, D.C., I am originally from Ann Arbor and very enthusiastic to be back in my hometown! My work at the Center is with the America Reads program as the Literacy Resources Coordinator.
My name is Darin Smith and I am pursuing my Master's in Social Work. I have been fortunate to be involved in community engagement for the past eight years through universities in Michigan and Oregon. As a recent transplant from Portland, I enjoy being back in the state in which I was raised, working in partnership with communities which have helped to shape my identity.
My name is Edward Grumeretz and I am from Grosse Pointe Woods, Michigan. I am a first-year master’s student here at the University of Michigan studying Social Work – Interpersonal Practice in Mental Health. Currently, I work part-time with Avalon Housing in residential support as well as with the Detroit Action Commonwealth as a volunteer to the organization’s leadership. Some of my favorite hobbies and activities include hanging out with friends, eating food, and listening to music.
My name is Jonathan Overstreet and I am from Dayton, Ohio. I am a first-year graduate student here at the University of Michigan studying Higher Education Administration. Some of my favorite hobbies and activities include running, intramural sports, and poetry. I am passionate about both equity in education and the administration of justice. This year, I hope to gain experience with building and managing a team of students who are invested in helping combat some of the issue we see in the communities around us in addition to building up our own community.
My name is Jordan Pond and I am from Ann Arbor, Michigan. I am a first-year master’s student here at the University of Michigan studying Public Health: Health Behavior & Health Education. As an undergraduate student here at the University, I spent much of my time with Michigan Active Students Alternative Spring Break (MAC-ASB). As a graduate student, I am trying to find new opportunities to get involved. Specifically, I am interested in joining the School of Public Health’s student action committee for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion.
Katherine serves as a Research Assistant at the Ginsberg Center supporting academic partnerships and the Graduate Liaison program. She is pursuing a Masters of Design in Integrative Design with the Stamps School of Art and Design at UMich. Katherine is a two term AmeriCorps Alum and her professional practice includes policy work in public health, education, criminal justice, civic engagement, and the environment for organizations including Community Health Center, Inc., Equal Justice Works, and Public Allies Connecticut.
My name is Lauren Beriont, and I am originally from the shores of New Jersey, and now live with my partner in Michigan. I have a BS from the University of Michigan in Environmental Science and Sustainable Systems, and recently returned to graduate school for a Masters in Macro Social Work. I am focused on fundamentally re-imagining the way people work together through mutually-beneficial partnerships for community well-being for all. I combines a love for evaluation, community-centered work, facilitation, and systems-thinking in my professional work.
My name is Madison McKenzie and I am from Reno, Nevada. I am a first-year master’s student here at Michigan studying Applied Economics. Currently, I am active in local politics and volunteer with the Alzheimer’s Association. Some of my favorite hobbies and activities include trying new restaurants and cuisines, volunteering, and learning how to knit. I am passionate about civic engagement, the most important thing a person can do with their lives. It can fuel any interest or passion and creates a better community to learn and live in.
My name is Marianna Coulentianos and I am from Paris, France. I am a second-year PhD student here at the University of Michigan studying Design Science. Currently, I am involved with the Center for Socially Engaged Design, the Telluride Association, and the Graduate Society of Women Engineers. Some of my favorite hobbies and activities include volleyball, art, and cooking. I am passionate about women’s rights, global development, and equity and equal opportunities.
My name is Mary Renda and I am from Ypsilanti, Michigan. I am a graduate student studying Romance Languages and Literatures as well as an instructional consultant at the Center for Research on Learning and Teaching. In addition, I work with several organizers to run a free self-defense weekly training space. My three favorite hobbies and activities include martial arts, gardening, and spending time with friends and animals. I am passionate about environmental justice, racial justice, and gender and LGBTQ justice.
My name is Rachel Cawkwell and I am from New York. I am a third-year PhD student here at the University of Michigan studying English Language and Literature. Currently, I am involved with 826michigan, the Prison Creative Arts Project (PCAP), and the Nineteenth Century Forum. Some of my favorite hobbies and activities include ultimate frisbee and drawing. I am passionate about bridging the inequities in education. I am hoping to build new relationships and skills through and with the Ginsberg this year.
My name is Raven Jones and I am from Toledo, Ohio. I am a second-year graduate student here at the University of Michigan studying Social Work. Currently, I am involved with the Detroit Initiative, the Reducing Extreme Economic Inequality Grand Challenge Working Group, and Wolverine Pathways. Some of my favorite hobbies and activities include cooking new recipes, reading, and watching comedy. I am passionate about educational equity for children from underrepresented backgrounds.
My name is Shawntae Harris and I am from Ypsilanti, Michigan. I am a second-year graduate student at Eastern Michigan University (EMU) studying Educational Leadership: Higher Education-Student Affairs. Currently, I am involved with the Millennial Board at Ozone House as Co-Chair, the Washtenaw County Continuum of Care Board as Higher Education representative, and the EMU Student Leadership Group as the College of Education representative. Some of my favorite hobbies and activities include reading, craft/paint, and traveling.
My name is Stephanie Ralls and I am from Belleville, Michigan. I am a second-year graduate student here at the University of Michigan studying Social Work: Social Policy and Evaluation. Currently, I am involved with the Ann Arbor YMCA and the University of Michigan School of Social Work’s Office of Global Activities. Some of my favorite activities include nature walks, taking photos, and finding new coffee shops. I am passionate about preventing and teaching others about the issues of human trafficking.
My name is Taru Taru and I am from India. I am a first-year graduate student here at the University of Michigan studying Urban Planning. Currently, I am involved with Inclusive Cities and Janmadhyam. Some of my favorite hobbies and activities include making films, traveling, and street-gazing. I am interested in participatory planning and community engagement, and feel strongly about creating inclusive and just societies.
My name is Tobias Hutchins and I am from Fennville, Michigan. I am currently a second-year master’s student here at the University of Michigan studying Higher Education. I am involved with the Fennville Public Schools Board of Education, the Allegan County Republicans, and the Fennville Alumni Association. Some of my favorite hobbies and activities include traveling (Germany, Italy, Spain & South Africa this past summer!), playing saxophone, and boating on Lake Michigan. Additionally, I am passionate about equal opportunity in education.
My name is Benjamin Schuster and I am from Cleveland Heights, Ohio. I am a freshman here at the University of Michigan intending on studying either Philosophy, Politics, and Economics or Business Economics & Public Policy through the Ross School of Business.
My name is Brianna Borrello and I am from Saginaw, Michigan. I am a senior here at the University of Michigan studying Biology. Currently, I am involved with the University of Michigan Science Learning Center (SLC) and Females Excelling More in Math, Science, Engineering and the Sciences (FEMMES). Some of my favorite hobbies and activities include hiking, cooking, and working out. I am passionate about combating the lack of equal opportunities in education. At the Ginsberg Center, I am hoping to learn more about the Ginsberg Center’s programs and how to contribute to them.
My name is Casey Tin and I am from New York City, New York. I am a sophomore here at the University of Michigan studying Computer Science. Although I am not currently involved with any organizations here on campus, I plan to participate in several student groups, including Active Minds, which aims to combat stigmas associated with mental health disorders, and oSTEM, which is a group that provides opportunities and resources for members of the LGBTQ+ community that are seeking careers in STEM fields.
My name is Christian Hubaker and I am from Grand Ledge, Michigan. I am a freshman here at the University of Michigan studying Sports Management. Currently, I am involved as a member of the University of Michigan Track and XC Team, with the Ginsberg Center as a building manager, and hope to join the Sports Business Association. Some of my favorite hobbies and activities include running, spending time with my family and friends, and outdoor activities like camping.
My name is Eljonna Williams and I am from Detroit, Michigan. I am a sophomore here at the University of Michigan and have not yet declared my major. Currently, I am involved with Brains Beauty Benevolence and the University of Michigan Black Student Union. My favorite hobbies include volunteering and conducting research that will have an impact on my local community. I am passionate about social justice issues that center around the youth, like health disparities that might impact populations of children living in food deserts.
My name is Madeline Kahl and I am from Milford, Michigan. I am a senior here at the University of Michigan studying Anthropology. Currently, I am extremely involved as the senior building manager at the Ginsberg Center. In this position, I train other building managers and organize community-building opportunities for student leaders through Ginsberg Gatherings. Some of my favorite hobbies and activities include reading and baking. I am passionate about women’s rights and women across the world having equal opportunities and resources.
Assistant Director for University - Community Partnerships
Brianne “Bree” Johnson is Assistant Director of University-Community Partners and residence matchmaker! Central to her role is fostering and facilitating connections between the University of Michigan and community organizations to create a positive impact that is both mutually beneficial and meets community-identified priorities.
Danyelle's role includes supporting students and student organizations in leadership development through community engagement. She fosters student learning and development through training and programmatic consultation to student organizations, working with them to advance their goals and meet community-defined needs.
Dave provides administrative and strategic leadership to the Ginsberg Center which includes work with staff, students, and Ginsberg programs. His primary goals focus on staff development, increasing student learning, and building authentic relationships with community partners that lead to results.
Erin's focus on democratic engagement involves maximizing the number of UM students who are registered to vote, hosting engagement events such as debate-watching parties, and planning Learning in Community workshops to advance civic understanding. Erin also manages the America Reads program, which includes recruiting, hiring, and training work-study students to serve as literacy tutors in grades K-5. She directly supervises two graduate students, designs training curriculum, and manages community partnerships.
Maria assists the Ginsberg Center with finances, HR, and care of the building. She enjoys working with Student Life for various events put on around campus and being involved in recycling efforts around Ann Arbor. Maria began working at the University in 2000 and started her work at Ginsberg in 2010. Maria completed her Bachelor degree in Social Psychology in Venezuela. After moving to Michigan, she holds a Master of Arts in Education of Psychology at Eastern Michigan University. In her free time, Maria enjoys gardening and reading.
Mary Jo Callan has spent her career working in partnership with young people and communities that have experienced marginalization to create pathways for equitable access to social, political, and economic power. She served in K-12 schools, local governments, and nonprofits prior to coming to UM. She credits her experience in the nonprofit sector for developing her understanding of resilience, teamwork, and ethical and courageous leadership.
Assistant Director for Engaged Learning Partnerships
Neeraja supports Faculty, Academic Program Staff and Graduate Student Instructors who want to integrate community engagement into their courses, research, and programs. In her work with academic partners, she has expanded Ginsberg's work from its roots in service-learning to include community-engaged scholarship more broadly. She enjoys collaborating and consulting with individuals to apply evidence-based approaches to address community needs and promote positive social change.
Sara works to develop and sustain engagement and partnerships with organizations and individuals in the community to assess needs, convene and connect stakeholders and to provide a bridge to facilitate connections between the social sector and the University of Michigan.
Sara began working at Ginsberg in 2013 and holds a Bachelor of Arts in Communities & Social Justice from the University of Michigan and a Master of Education from Harvard University where she focused on the risk and protective influences impacting youth.
Ti’Kyra (Kyra) is a social justice educator assisting in developing partnerships internally with student organizations to foster student learning and development through training. She provides advising to student organizations to encourage thoughts around their identities, how to enter, engage, and exit communities responsibly and what it means to create mutually beneficial relationships between students and their local communities.