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John Matlock, Ph.D.

John Matlock is Associate Vice Provost in the Office of the Provost and Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs at the University of Michigan. He also directs U-M’s Office of Academic Multicultural Initiatives (OAMI). His office is responsible for a number of activities involving diversity research, multicultural programming, pre-college initiatives, student leadership training, and academic success and enrichment activities. OAMI coordinates the largest commemoration of Martin Luther King, Jr. programs in the country with some 90 campus-wide activities. Through his leadership, the office has been able to secure over $1.5 million in research and program funding from various sources including the Ford Foundation, Alcoa Foundation, Kodak, Michigan Department of Education, and other major donors. The Michigan Department of Education has funded two programs: the POSSE program and the M-Ties program. The POSSE program (Pathways to Student Success and Excellence) is a pilot program designed to provide first year minority students with strong self-help skills in order that they may take responsibility for their academic success. The other program, (M-Ties), is a collaborative program with Washtenaw Community College that established a mentoring/tutoring and academic support program that prepares community college students to transfer and perform well at the University of Michigan. Both programs have received the highest awards and ratings of any state programs from evaluators. Under his leadership, OAMI has served as a national model for using diverse groups of staff, faculty and students to advance campus diversity initiatives.

Gerald Gurin, Ph.D.

Gerald Gurin is a Professor Emeritus of Higher Education and Research Scientist Emeritus of the Institute for Social Research at the University of Michigan. In over fifty years at the University of Michigan, his research using the population survey methodology, has focused on a broad array of issues: Americans’ political behavior and electoral choices, peoples’ subjective mental health and coping strategies, socialization impacts of the college experience, motivational and opportunity issues in manpower training programs, psychological, social, and vocational implications of being members of racial/ethnic minorities in American society. He was actively involved in the Michigan Student Study since its inception in the years immediately preceding his retirement in 1993, and has continued this involvement since his retirement.

Katrina Wade-Golden, M.S.

Katrina Wade-Golden is a research coordinator for the University of Michigan in the Office of Academic Multicultural Initiatives and is currently a doctoral candidate in the Industrial/Organizational Psychology program at Wayne State University. She received her B.A. from the University of Michigan in Psychology with an emphasis in human resources and organizational development, and a Master of Science in Psychology (Industrial/Organizational) from Wayne State University. In her role as researcher, her duties include overseeing the data management and data analysis for a longitudinal research effort tracking over 2,000 students across their years at Michigan, the Michigan Student Study. Ms. Wade-Golden also has worked for other research outlets at the University of Michigan, including the Center for Research on Electronic Work, helping to conceptualize and implement several of their research endeavors. She also has served as an instructor at Wayne State University in the Department of Psychology. Her teaching portfolio includes courses such as introductory psychology, workplace psychology, and introductory statistics. Her research interests include the impact of increasing diversity and affirmative action on organizations, conflict resolution, stress, and distance learning. She has presented at several national conferences on issues related to diversity and multiculturalism, gender, racism, and affirmative action.