Type: Public event

Winter 2015 Diversity Summit: Framing the issue - How perspectives influence policy

Date & time

Feb 19, 2015, 6:00-8:00 pm EST


Weill Hall, Annenberg Auditorium
735 S. State Street Ann Arbor, MI 48109

Free and open to the public.

Join the Ford School Diversity Student Coalition for an interactive policy simulation and a discussion about the influence of unconscious perception and conscious framing in policy-making, facilitated by Mahima Mahadevan. Dinner will be served! 

About the Diversity Student Coalition (DiSC):

The Diversity Student Coalition (DiSC) is an undergraduate-led organization committed to creating a more inclusive community at the Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy. Promoting the academic and professional exploration of the intersection between public policy and social identities is at the core of our vision. Founded in 2012, DiSC is responsible for the annual Ford School Diversity Summit, the re-imagining of diversity during Undergraduate Orientation, as well as the crafting of policies and programs surrounding bias incidents within the community, student conflict resolution, and cultural sensitivity.


About Mahima Mahadevan:

Mahima Mahadevan is a research manager at the Education Policy Initiative (EPI) at the Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy at the University of Michigan.  She received a master of public policy from the Ford School in 2011 and a bachelor of arts in psychology from the University of Michigan in 2004. Her work at EPI focuses primarily on collaborative research efforts between the University of Michigan and other major research institutions in the state of Michigan and a statewide study on charter schools in Michigan.  She is also board president of APIAVote-MI, a local civic engagement organization advocating for the Asian American community in southeastern and western Michigan. APIAVote-MI latest initiatives include setting an APIA policy agenda, running a youth leadership program, and leading get out the vote efforts during election time. She was recently appointed by the governor to the Michigan Asian Pacific American Affairs Commission (MAPAAC), a 21-member, statewide commission charged with representing the needs of Asian Americans to government officials.  She also serves as a founding member of the Detroit Center for Community Advancement, a recently incorporated organization with a mission of training new leaders through a social justice curriculum, and she sits on the board of the Boggs Educational Center in Detroit.  She is a Returned Peace Corps Volunteer, having served two years in the Kyrgyz Republic as an English teacher from 2004 to 2006.  Her prior work experience includes donor coordinator at Alternatives For Girls in Detroit, intern at The Imagine Fund in Lansing, and English teacher in Guadalajara, Mexico.