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. Erin enjoys thinking of new ways to engage tutors and elementary students in order to keep the program fresh and flexible.
Erin participated in the Emerging Leaders Program in 2014 and is a member of Women in Student Affairs. Outside of campus, Erin is on the advisory board for the University of Michigan Detroit Center, along with two alumni boards on the UM-Dearborn Campus. She serves as Chair of the Dearborn City Beautiful Commission and is a 2015 Michigan Political Leadership Program graduate via Michigan State University.
Erin began working at Ginsberg in 2011. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Women’s & Gender Studies from the University of Michigan - Dearborn and a Master’s degree in Education from the City University of New York-Brooklyn College.
In her free time, Erin enjoys yoga, antiquing, walks, reading, and travelling. Her favorite restaurant in Ann Arbor is Sava’s. Her interests include urban planning, environmentalism, and architecture.
What do you love most about your job?
“I really enjoy our in-house team; we have a great staff. I love coming to work everyday, and working with students and observing their sessions with kids is fulfilling. My position comes with a lot of responsibility and autonomy, and involves working closely with partners in Detroit. The work we’re doing at the Ginsberg Center is very meaningful, and it’s exciting to create positive change.”
What is one piece of advice you wish you had when you were in college?
“Seek out a community as early on as you can. Find a way to get tied into campus, find a place that you can call your ‘home base.’ This opens up opportunities to get to know yourself, others, and your community.”
What Erin's colleagues are saying:
“Erin is incredibly passionate about community engagement, and embodies active citizenship inside and outside of her work at the Ginsberg Center.”
“Erin has a warm presence. She's sweet and lovable and you just can't help be happy around her.”