Contact the DEI team


If you have a concern about diversity, equity or inclusion that impacts the U-M School of Nursing community, or just want to share your idea or have some support, you can contact the Chief Health and Academic Equity Officer directly at or submit items to our DEI suggestion box.

If you would rather remain anonymous, but have something to say, you can call 1-844-SON-TALK and leave a messag

Meet our team

Rushika Patel, Ph.D.

Chief Health and Academic Equity Officer


Patricia Coleman-Burns, Ph.D.

DEI Strategic Planning Co-Lead



Kelly Shakoor, DNP, MS, FNP-BC, RN

Undergraduate Resolutions Officer


 Kathryn Nelson, DNP, RN, CPNP-AC/PC

Graduate Resolutions Officer


Sheria G. Robinson-Lane, Ph.D.

Co-Chair of U-M School of Nursing Faculty & Staff of Color Workgroup


Renee Pitter

Co-Chair of U-M School of Nursing Faculty & Staff of Color Workgroup

Akshay Sharma, Ph.D.

Chair, U-M School of Nursing LGBT Faculty Network


Jade Burns, Ph.D.

Inclusive Teaching Liaison


Megan Eagle, MSN

Inclusive Teaching Liaison 


Lindsey Freysinger

Inclusive Teaching Liaison

Rebecca Abaddi

 Future Black Healthcare Professionals - Student Group Leader

Lennes portrait

Charlie Lennes

LGBTQ+ Student Leadership Society - Student Group Leader

Josiah Ratts

Men in Nursing - Student Group Leader

Kieranne Elwood portrait

Kieranne Elwood

COPE - Student Group Leader

Crystal Lilly portrait

Crystal Lilly

Nursing Students of Color - Student Group Leader