Type: School event
Series: Admissions

Spring Preview Day 2023

Date & time

Mar 31, 2023, All Day


Joan and Sanford Weill Hall
735 S. State Street, Ann Arbor, MI 48109-3091


Spring Preview is designed to help admitted master's students get to know our faculty, staff, current students—and each other!

Great hall during open house

We look forward to welcoming you to Ann Arbor to experience the Ford School community, the University of Michigan campus, and our wonderful city! 

Travel and lodging

We greatly look forward to welcoming those of you who are able to attend. Detroit Metro Airport (DTW) is a thirty minute drive to Weill Hall, the home of the Ford School. Travel reimbursement of up to $300 is available for students who attend and are from outside the Metro Detroit area. Students from within a two hour radius from Ann Arbor can be reimbursed for up to $50 for mileage and parking. Reimbursement forms and information will be at Spring Preview.

The Ford School has partnered with the Hyatt of Ann Arbor to offer a block of rooms. The rate is 189/night, and reservations can be made through this link. Note that the link is preconfigured to reserve for Thursday (4/4) through Saturday morning (4/6). If you would like to stay only one night, please update the dates at the top of the page to reflect that. There are also a number of other area hotels available through this link


* Denotes sessions available to virtual attendees
^Denotes sessions to be recorded

8:30 – 9:00 a.m.

Registration and coffee
Great Hall

9:00 - 9:45 a.m.

Welcome and introductions*^
Betty Ford Auditorium

Celeste Watkins-Hayes, Interim Dean; Director, Center for Racial Justice
John Ciorciari, Associate Dean for Research and Policy Engagement; Director, International Policy Center and Weiser Diplomacy Center
Dustin Castro, Senior Recruitment Officer

Kaltura Video

9:45 - 10:00 a.m.


10:00 - 11:00 a.m.

Student panel*
Betty Ford Auditorium

Donovan Gayles - Moderator, MPP ‘23
Chia Wen Cheng, MPP ‘23
Sheriff Almakki, MPP ‘24
Lisa Cheung, MPP ‘23
Juli Adhikari, MPP ‘24
Allison Hanley, MPP ‘24

11:00 - 11:15 a.m.


11:15 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.

Faculty panel*^
Betty Ford Auditorium

Amy Harris, Lecturer
Alton B.H. Worthington, Lecturer in Public Policy
Megan Stewart, Associate Professor of Public Policy
Javed Ali, Associate Professor of Practice

Kaltura Video

12:15 - 2:00 p.m.

Lunch with faculty and staff
Becky Blank Great Hall

1:30 - 2:00 p.m.

Tour of Weill Hall (optional)

2:00 - 3:15 p.m.

Graduate Career Services presentation*^
Betty Ford Auditorium

May Skelton, Career Development Specialist
Emma Frazier, Assistant Director, Graduate Career Services
Casey Sullens, Assistant Director, Employer Relations
Peter Vasher, Director of Career Services
Students: Ami Hasebe, Danica Swiggart, Eddie Weber, Donovan Gayles, Sarah DeStefano
Special Guest: Jennifer Niggemeier, Associate Director, Leadership Initiative 

Kaltura Video

3:15 - 3:30 p.m.


3:30 - 4:30 p.m.

Alumni Panel*^
Betty Ford Auditorium

Moderator: Peter Vasher, Director, Office of Career Services
Alumni speakers

Kaltura Video

5:00 - 7:00 p.m.

Dinner, hosted by the Student Affairs Committee (SAC)
Join members of SAC and other student org leaders for dinner at Pizza House