Departments and Research Centers

Center for Racial Justice

The Center for Racial Justice is an innovative and cross-disciplinary hub in which social/racial justice changemakers, scholars, and students work collaboratively to develop new tools and strategies in the pursuit of racial justice.

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Postdoctoral fellow

Dominique Adams-Santos

Associate Director, Center for Racial Justice
Dr. Adams-Santos is a qualitative researcher who centers questions of sexuality, intimacy, and belonging in the digital era; in particular, how individuals navigate the racial, gender, and sexual politics of digital and urban landscapes in their search for intimacy and community.
Visiting faculty

Atinuke O. Adediran

Visiting Fellow, Center for Racial Justice
Adediran is an associate professor of law at Fordham University School of Law. Her areas of expertise include institutional inequality, race and the law, nonprofits, corporations, and law and social science. She has published articles and essays in leading law review and peer reviewed journals, as well as popular media.
Visiting faculty

Makeda Easter

Visiting Fellow, Center for Racial Justice
Easter is an award-winning journalist whose writing has appeared in the Los Angeles Times, KCET, Dance Magazine, Austin Chronicle, Chemical & Engineering News, and more. Her current work features an independent digital publication focused on artists-activists in underreported regions and communities.
Visiting faculty

Julian Brave NoiseCat

Visiting Fellow, Center for Racial Justice
Julian Brave NoiseCat is a member of the Canim Lake Band Tsq’escen and a descendant of the Lil’Wat Nation of Mount Currie. he is a writer and filmmaker currently based in the Pacific Northwest. He is the author of We Survived the Night and his writing has appeared in The New York Times, The Washington Post, The New Yorker, and more.
Research faculty

Mara Ostfeld

Associate Faculty Director, Poverty Solutions; Research Director, Center for Racial Justice; Assistant Research Scientist, Ford School; Faculty Associate, Center for Political Studies
Dr. Mara Cecilia Ostfeld is the associate faculty director of Poverty Solutions, the research director at the Center for Racial Justice, and an assistant research scientist in the Ford School of Public Policy at the University of Michigan. In…
Core faculty

Paula Lantz

James B. Hudak Professor of Health Policy; Director, BA Programs
A social demographer, Lantz studies the role of public policy in improving population health and reducing social disparities in health. She is currently engaged in research regarding innovative financing approaches for supportive housing among Medicaid beneficiaries, and also on how COVID-19 is exacerbating existing social and health inequalities in the U.S.
Core faculty

Celeste M. Watkins-Hayes

Dean; Director, Center for Racial Justice
Watkins-Hayes is an internationally-recognized scholar and expert on HIV/AIDS; urban poverty; social policy; and racial, class, and gender inequality. Her work illuminates social problems of great interest to scholars, communities, and policymakers. She works at the intersection of sociology, African American Studies, and public policy. Her work analyzes the impact of the HIV epidemic on women and the growth of the HIV safety net.
Staff

Lillian Chen

DEI Marketing & Communications Specialist
Lillian Chen is a marketing and communications specialist at the University of Michigan's Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy, where she jointly supports the school's DEI work and that of the Center for Racial…
News

Announcing winter 2023 Ford School events

Jan 11, 2023
 The Ford School is pleased to announce an exciting lineup for the winter 2023 Policy Talks @ the Ford School series and other special public events hosted with partners from across campus. Events are free and open to the public unless otherwise...
State & Hill

Meet interim dean Celeste Watkins-Hayes

Dec 19, 2022
Distinguished sociologist Celeste Watkins-Hayes works at the intersection of inequality, public policy, and institutions, with a special focus on urban poverty and race, class, and gender studies. She’s particularly interested in the lived...
State & Hill

Diversity, equity, and inclusion highlights

Dec 19, 2022
The University of Michigan is currently in an interim period between its strategic plans for diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI), with the next plan set to launch in early fall 2023. The Ford School community did not pause, however, and is hard...
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Making the case for public policy education

Dec 14, 2022
In an event on December 5, 2022, Ford School interim dean Celeste Watkins-Hayes told a group of Capitol Hill staffers and other DC professionals that a public policy education can lead to community impact.  “I'm a firm believer in the idea that...
News

Students find inspiration from racial justice changemakers

Dec 7, 2022
In October 2022, students from the Ford School and members of the greater University of Michigan community gathered together to hear “Racial Justice Changemakers”—social justice leaders, artists, and advocates—share their diverse journeys into...
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Diversity, equity, and inclusion fall 2022 update

Oct 10, 2022
Dean Celeste Watkins-Hayes, DEI Officer Stephanie Sanders, and Associate DEI Officer Dominique Adams-Santos provide an update on how the Ford School is examining, learning, and connecting with our community to further Diversity, Equity, and...
In the Media

Brave NoiseCat provides insight into U.S. tribal system

Sep 30, 2022 The Robesonian
Julian Brave NoiseCat, The Robesonian: "Because in the strange racial politics of the United States, the Lumbee htave to dance hard. The tribe has been seeking federal recognition through various means since 1888, when they first petitioned the...
News

Center for Racial Justice welcomes inaugural visiting fellows

Aug 24, 2022
The Ford School’s Center for Racial Justice proudly welcomes Atinuke (Tinu) Adediran, Makeda Easter, and Julian Brave NoiseCat as inaugural Visiting Fellows for the 2022-23 academic year. The visiting fellows program recognizes and supports the...
News

Celeste Watkins-Hayes named interim dean of the Ford School

Jul 15, 2022
Sociologist Celeste Watkins-Hayes, currently the associate dean for academic affairs, will become interim dean of the University of Michigan’s Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy, pending Board of Regents approval at its July...
State & Hill

“More is more”

May 31, 2022
Michael S. Barr’s first term as dean By Laura K. Lee In October 2021, the Regents of the University of Michigan approved Provost Susan M. Collins’ recommendation to reappoint Michael S. Barr as Joan and Sanford Weill Dean of the Ford School...