Jesse Carr, Ph.D.

Jesse Carr headshot
Assistant Director for Student Learning and Leadership

Jesse (they/he) directs the student leadership education program and promotes students' active engagement in their own learning.  Jesse co-facilitates workshops and co-curricular programs, provides consultation and training to student organizations, and partners with both campus and external partners to promote social justice and community engagement at UM. 
Jesse is a graduate of Oberlin College ('04), worked in the non-profit sector after college, and then earned a PhD in American Culture from the University of Michigan ('15). Jesse's work since then has focused on diversity, equity, access, and justice in spaces of higher education. Having engaged in social justice work before, during, and after college, Jesse believes in the power of student activism and is thrilled to have a job promoting ethical and effective partnerships between students and communities. 
Jesse is a lifelong nature-lover, who enjoys camping and birdwatching when not at work. He shares his apartment with two delightfully naughty cats and dozens of fish (fishkeeping being Jesse's new pandemic-safe quarantine-friendly hobby). Jesse also volunteers with the Trevor Project and is passionate about supporting the mental health of LGBTQ+ youth. 

Contact me if you want to learn more about:
  • Advising and consultation for your student organization
  • Student leadership opportunities, like our Community Leadership Fellows or MacDonald Fellows programs
  • Potential community partners for your community engagement efforts
  • Funding opportunities for student community engagement projects
  • How we prepare students for community engagement (and/or request a workshop)
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