Executive Director for Alumni Relations and Career Center: Mary Jo Sekelsky, Ed.D.
Alumni Relations Manager: Brent Nickola, MPA
Alumni and Annual Giving Assistant: Matt Bueby
432 N. Saginaw St.
Fax: (810) 424-5459
The Office of Alumni Relations adds value to the alumni experience through fostering university spirit and managing communications. Our programs are designed to build leadership, create traditions, support students, and foster connections among our 46,000 alumni. Our office, in collaboration with the University of Michigan Alumni Association, is your tie to the Leaders and Best.
Executive Director for Alumni Relations and Career Center: Mary Jo Sekelsky, Ed.D.
Assistant Director: Sara Barton, MBA
Employer Recruiting Coordinator: Angelina Wittenkeller
Career Advisor: Myesha Cannon
Career Center Intern: Jordan Nash
432 N. Saginaw Street
Fax: (810) 424-5459
The Career Center offers comprehensive career and professional development services to UM-Flint students and alumni. An array of programs and services ranging from individual career advising and interactive online programs, to annual career fairs and experiential education opportunities are intended to move patrons through a self and career discovery process intended to equip them for the 21st century workplace.
Internship opportunities allow students to gain work experience to complement their academic studies. Students are employed (part- or full-time) in supervised work settings in business, industry, non-profit, government agencies, and other applicable organizations.
What are the benefits of an internship?
- Gain real-world experience and a skillset that employers value
- Learn about your career interests and passions in a professional setting
- Gain better understanding of a specific company or industry and the possibility of a long-term career opportunity
- Build your professional network
- Boost your resume
- Depending on your major, earn academic credit for your internship
- Potential to have a full time job offer after the internship experience and/or graduation. Approximately 73% of 2016 college graduates who took part in paid internships received at least one job offer (NACE, 2016).
- Put theory into practice by applying your classroom knowledge in a practical setting
Students who have participated in internship experiences find them to be invaluable. Moreover, an internship experience ranks among the top three qualities sought by recruiters when hiring for full-time positions. Students, both undergraduate and graduate, from all academic disciplines are encouraged to explore internship opportunities.
Center for Educator Preparation
410 French Hall
Director: Thomn Bell
Quality Assurance Coordinator: Sade Wilson
Certification Officer: Debbie Seyerle
Field and Partnership: Maria Salinas
Special Projects Manager (Future Leaders in Teaching): Richard Russell
Place Based Education Project Manager: Leyla Sanker
Elementary Faculty Program Coordinator: Annie Whitlock
Secondary Faculty Program Coordinator: Laura McLeman and Suzanne Knight
As a lynchpin among all Teacher Education programs, the Center for Educator Preparation (CEP) seeks to improve the experiences of all educator preparation candidates at the University of Michigan-Flint. The CEP offers a student-centered approach to advising, certification, testing preparation, outreach and recruitment, while also providing opportunities for research funding, faculty development, and collaboration.
The CEP provides UM-Flint teacher candidates opportunities and the ability to excel above other programs’ teacher candidates by providing:
- Career readiness and resume development
- Special Education Boot Camp
- Parent communication workshops
- Community interaction
- PRE and MTTC test preparation
- University Supervisor workshops
- Student teacher orientation
- Mentor teacher support meetings
- Access to the Hero Round Table and Hero Construction Company resources
- Access to professional development opportunities within the Genesee Intermediate School District as well as the state of Michigan
- Access to all University resources
The CEP is part of a unique partnership with the Student Success Center, the College of Arts and Sciences, and the School of Education. By working with partner school districts, the CEP can provide custom workshops for faculty based on district and/or school improvement plans. The mission of the CEP is to provide better trained and prepared teachers.
Walk-ins are welcome. However, to assure the best service, students should call and arrange for an appointment for specific support.
Center for Gender and Sexuality
213 University Center
Director: Heather Johnson, J.D., MS.c,
Sexual Assault Advocate: Sarah Devitt, MPH
Program Manager: Kristen Campbell
The mission of the UM-Flint Center for Gender and Sexuality (CGS) is to provide opportunities for all members of the UM-Flint community to explore, organize, and promote learning around issues of gender and sexuality. The center also facilitates a greater responsiveness to the needs of women and LGBTQIA+ communities through outreach, education, and advocacy.
The goals are:
- To oppose inequities and barriers imposed on women and LGBTQIA+ individuals through research, policy, and advocacy;
- provide educational programs (stand-alone programs like bystander intervention and inclusive sex education and academically integrated content through coursework and faculty collaboration);
- connect individuals with needed resources and support for those experiencing domestic/dating violence, sexual assault, sexual harassment, or stalking;
- develop and maintain a peer education program and peer education training program to provide in-person face-to-face training on gender and sexuality;
- develop allies and advocates to foster a safe, inclusive campus environment for all.
CGS offers a number of programs to raise awareness about gender and sexuality, including LGBT History Month, Coming Out Day, Women’s History Month, World AIDS Day, the Clothesline Project, Equal Pay Day, Sexual Assault Awareness Month, Take Back the Night and Lavender Graduation.
Support and Advocacy
Individuals can seek confidential support from the Sexual Assault Advocate and get up to date information on resources for sexual violence prevention and awareness. The staff advocates on behalf of students, faculty, and staff, and works to raise awareness on a local, state, and national level about LGBTQIA+ and women’s issues on campus and in the Flint community.
Resources and Referrals
We offer several scholarships and grants including Critical Difference Grants (one-time grant of up to $500) for students that find themselves in an emergency situation that jeopardizes their ability to stay in school (see website for eligibility information and to apply). CGS also offers cap & gown loans, free safe sex supplies (condoms, dental dams, etc.) and referrals to local resources for domestic violence and sexual assault support, personal counseling, financial assistance, childcare, legal services, etc.
Peer Education Program
UM-Flint students with extensive training provide educational programs workshops for their peers, student groups, departments, and community organizations. Topics include consent, bystander intervention, gender and sexuality, Trans 101, healthy relationships, women’s history, inclusive sexual education, leadership and healthy masculinity, and sexual violence prevention.
CGS is open to all! Stop by to chat, study, charge your phone, heat up your lunch, meet with friends, or de-stress with art supplies!
Department of Public Safety
Director: Raymond Hall
Business Administrator: Kathryn Howe
Administrative Assistant: Gaye Stover
The Department of Public Safety (DPS) is responsible for maintaining a safe environment on the properties of the University of Michigan-Flint. The Department’s primary goals are to prevent crime on campus and to protect and assist students, faculty, staff and visitors to the campus with security related problems.
DPS is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week. DPS can be contacted at 762-3333 or 911 (emergency) on any campus phone. Emergency telephones are located throughout campus and are easily identified by a blue light on top of a pedestal or located inside a red emergency call box.
Annually, by October 1, UM-Flint DPS publishes an Annual Security Report and Annual Fire Safety Report to comply with the Jeanne Clery Disclosure and Campus Security Policy and Crime Statistic Act. The full text of this report (available for viewing and/or download) can be located on the DPS website at www.umflint.edu/safetyreport. This report is available to current and prospective students and staff providing information to include (1) descriptions of policies related to campus security, and (2) statistics concerning specific types of crimes. Each year an email notification is made to all enrolled students, faculty, and staff that provides the website address to access this report. Copies of this report may also be obtained at the DPS administration office located in the Hubbard Building at 602 Mill Street or by calling (810)762-3333. Additional information on DPS and our services is available at www.umflint.edu/safety.
Educational Opportunity Initiatives (EOI)
Office (810) 762-3365
Fax: Main Office (810) 762-3190
Interim Director: Reginald Motley, Ph.D.
Promise Scholars Program Manager: Janice Jones, Ph.D.
Promise Scholars Assistant Program Manager: Bianca Torbert, MPA
Committed to Excellence and Opportunity (CEO) Program Manager: Vacant
The Office of Educational Opportunity Initiatives (EOI) equips students with the support, skills, and exposure necessary to succeed in college and beyond. Through its high-quality programming and holistic approach to student success, EOI advocates for underrepresented students at UM-Flint, and the broader Flint community.
Through its pre-college and college programs, EOI engages middle, high school and college students through learning experiences which span several topical areas:
- Collegiate Preparedness
- Academic Enrichment & Remediation
- Diploma/Degree Mapping & Completion Planning
- Personal Development & Awareness
- Civic Engagement
- Study Skills & Time Management
- Career Exposure
By combining facilitated workshops, individualized coaching, project-based learning, peer-led mentoring, curriculum-based coursework, and exposure trips, EOI provides a comprehensive approach to combat barriers to student success while instilling a growth mindset among its program participants.
EOI strategically partners with various departments and units at UM-Flint as well as local secondary schools within the greater Flint region. This ensures EOI’s ability to fully offer a web of support for underrepresented students to access, persist, and ultimately graduate from college to pursue their career goals.
Committed to Excellence and Opportunity (CEO)
Program Manager: Brandon Britt
- College readiness & access program for 8th - 12th grade students in targeted Flint-area schools
- Cohort-based experience which supports students in identifying, applying to, and gaining admittance into college
- Academic Year & Summer Program components
- UM-Flint scholarship eligibility for select participants
Gaining Early Awareness and Readiness for Undergraduate Programs
Program Manager: JeCorey Hawkins
- College readiness & access program based within Beecher Community Schools
- Cohort model engages entire 7th grade class through high school graduation
- Academic Year & Summer Program components
- Scholarship eligibility for select participants
Program Manager: Vacant
- College success program for select students who demonstrate strong potential to succeed at UM-Flint with structured support and resources
- Cohort model offers mentoring and peer support from faculty and students
- Bridge program component allows students to earn course credit during the summer prior to fall enrollment
- Targeted outreach and recruitment support for students transitioning into UM-Flint from area community colleges
- Structured events familiarizing prospective students with UM-Flint faculty, campus, and resources
- Continued resource coordination and coaching support to ensure full integration into UM-Flint and successful degree completion
First Generation Initiative
- Resource coordination, coaching support, and special events tailored to the unique needs of first-generation students
Parent & Family Engagement
- Special events and workshop sessions for parents to connect and gain resources to support their students through graduation
Event and Building Services
Director: Jennifer Hogan
Associate Director: Judy Birschbach
Events Managers: Launa Collins, Justin Nuveman, Nate Lundt
Administrative Assistant: Crystal Quaderer
Food Service Supervisor: Kay Boshaw
Event and Building Services (EBS) offers a wide range of facilities and services for students, faculty, staff, alumni, and community members. Individuals and groups come together to exchange ideas and information and to interact informally, adding another dimension to the educational experience. EBS reserves space in the Harding Mott University Center (UCEN), University Pavilion, William S. White Building, Northbank Center, and Riverfront Banquet Center.
Go to 176 UCEN to sign rental agreement and obtain rates.
The University of Michigan-Flint offers a number of opportunities for students to be placed in work settings outside the university and to relate these experiences to their courses of study. Such opportunities are available through the Academic Internship in Public Agencies and Community Organizations program, the School of Management https://www.umflint.edu/som/internshipcareer-resources, and the Career Center.
In addition to these, specific concentrations may offer or require off-campus experiential education, including Psychology, Social Work, and Teacher Certificate programs. See individual concentration programs for further information. Many academic departments offer a host of experiential education opportunities. Research internships and assistantships in various academic departments are other aspects of experiential education and are open to selected upper division and graduate students.
Francis Willson Thompson Library
Director: Bob Houbeck (762-3410)
Head of Circulation: Laura Friesen (766-6781)
Head of Public Services: Vacant
Head of Technical Services: David Hart (762-3158)
The Thompson Library, opened in the fall of 1994, owes its existence to the generosity of area citizens, most notably Frances Willson Thompson. The library is a spacious and comfortable facility for study and research. Its collection includes approximately 217,000 books and 35,000 bound magazines and journals. The library also contains over a half-million microforms ranging from the Times of London to documents on education. The library subscribes to some 1,100 hardcopy periodicals, and provides electronic access to approximately 43,000 more.
Mirlyn, the Thompson Library’s online catalog, lists library holdings and also allows users to search the catalogs of the Ann Arbor campus library system, as well as those of Michigan State University and other Big Ten libraries.
A wide range of research aids, including indexes, abstracts, and directories, is at the student’s disposal, as are photocopiers, microform reader-printers, and Internet workstations. Online databases available through the library enable students to do effective searching of journal literature in almost all disciplines. The media collection includes music CDs, audio tapes, and other media, including CD-ROMs, DVDs, and videotapes. Playback equipment is available in the library, students may also borrow for out-of-library use most of the items in the media collection.
The Thompson Library has a regular program of research instruction to aid students in using its resources. Instruction is available to classes at all levels. The Information Technology Services department maintains a computer lab on the second floor of the library open to all UM-Flint students.
UM-Flint students, faculty, and staff may borrow from the Ann Arbor and UM-Dearborn campus libraries. The library’s participation in a national bibliographic system allows it to borrow materials from around the country for its patrons.
Students may borrow most books for three weeks (eight weeks for graduate students, one semester for faculty and staff), and may renew them once. Reference librarians are available to help both experienced scholars and newcomers with academic research, including use of the library’s Web pages, which furnish links to a wide range of effective research sites.
The library contains the Henry H. Crapo Room, a recreation of an office similar to one used by the former Michigan governor (1865-1869). Governor Crapo was the great-grandfather of Frances Willson Thompson.
Genesee Historical Collections
The Genesee Historical Collections Center (GHCC), a division of the Thompson Library, contains both published and unpublished material on the history of Flint and Genesee County, Michigan, as well as the archives of the University of Michigan-Flint. Among the significant manuscript collections in the GHCC are those of Flint realtor Gerald Healy, African-American activist Edgar Holt, records of the Flint Woolen Mills, Flint Junior League, and Rotary Club. The papers of U.S. Sen. Donald Riegle and U.S. Rep. Dale Kildee are amongst its political collections. The GHCC holds a microfilm copy of the papers of former Michigan Governor Henry H. Crapo, Flint lumbermen and railroad executive, as well as papers of members of his family. Finding aids are available at the archives and online.
For further information on library collections, services, or policies, please inquire at the Reference Desk, or call 762-3408–b or visit the library’s Website: http://lib.umflint.edu.
Information Technology Services
905 Northbanck Center
432 N. Saginaw Street
Flint, MI 48502-1950
ITS Helpdesk Phone: (810) 762-3123 Option 1
Classroom Services Phone: (810) 762-3123 Option 2 or (810) 237-6628
Main Office Phone: (810) 762-3123 Option 3
Fax: (810) 424-5226
Director of ITS: Scott Arnst
The Information Technology Services department (ITS), at the University of Michigan-Flint, develops and maintains all centralized campus computing systems, including data, software, hardware, and infrastructure. ITS strives to be a user-oriented provider of high quality computing services. In doing this, ITS provides state of the art technology and technical support that will ensure all users access to programs and data.
ITS encourages the use of computers to support instruction and research for students, faculty, and staff. ITS supports and maintains two staffed and three unstaffed open computer labs available for student, faculty, and staff use. These labs are located in the William R. Murchie Science Building (Staffed), the David M. French Hall Building (Unstaffed), the William S. White Building (Staffed), the Riverfront Center (Unstaffed, 24-hour), and the open computer lab located on all three floors of the Frances Willson Thompson Library. All unstaffed labs, except the Thompson Library, will require Mcard for entry. In addition, campus users can use their personal laptop or tablet to connect to the campus wireless network in any building on campus. Upgrades to hardware and software in the student computer labs are supplemented by student funds collected through a technology fee, paid each semester with tuition.
ITS also maintains six instructional computer labs, located in the William R. Murchie Science Building, David M. French Hall Building, and the William S. White Building that are used for hands-on instruction. These instructional labs are equipped with modern data projection equipment and other instructional aids. The Classroom Services (CS) unit within ITS is responsible for the delivery, maintenance, and training for all instructional mediated equipment in over seventy classrooms and labs on the UM-Flint campus. All general classrooms are equipped a projector, a computer, a document camera, a DVD player/computer DVD drive, and a video connection for a laptop.
ITS provides user support and consultation for a variety of technical questions and problems through the ITS Helpdesk, ITS staff, and quicknotes available on the web. If additional assistance is needed from ITS staff, please contact the ITS Helpdesk for more information. Please view Helpdesk and open computer lab hours at https://helpdesk.umflint.edu/.
115 Mott Harding University Center
Director: David J. Luke, Ph.D.
The Intercultural Center (ICC) opened on October 21, 2014 in response to the requests from various cultural student organizations that expressed a need for a space focused on supporting the work of their organizations and educational programming related to issues of cultural competency and centering marginalized identities, especially people of color. There was a focus on creating spaces for critical dialogues and fostering an increasingly inclusive environment at UM Flint. In the spirit of inclusion, everyone is welcome at the ICC and at all ICC events and programs.
The work of the ICC is built on the foundation of social justice and upheld by three pillars: belonging, advocacy, and education. Everything that comes from the ICC aligns with one or more of these pillars.
219 University Center
303 East Kearsley Street
Flint, Michigan 48502
Phone: (810) 762-0867
Fax: (810) 762-0006
Director: Daniel Adams
Associate Director: Patriece N. Campbell
The International Center (IC) establishes a welcoming atmosphere for all students, with services extending to active applicants, admitted, and current students. The mission is to provide services and educational opportunities that promote international perspectives and experiences for the campus and surrounding community. We are committed to building, supporting, and sustaining a culture of global inclusion through intercultural understanding. The International Center provides a range of support services and guidance for new and current international students from the time of admission through graduation.
English Language Program
Director: Daniel Adams
Assistant Director of English Language Program: Julie Coe
The English Language Program (ELP) operates under the auspices of the International Center. The purpose of the ELP is to provide support for students who are non-native speakers of English. The ELP provides high-quality intensive English language instruction, academic preparation, and U.S. culture awareness for international students seeking admission to degree programs. The program is also open for students who seek to improve their English language proficiency for business, personal, or professional reasons.
Education Abroad Office
Director: Daniel Adams
Manager of Education Abroad Office: Asinda Sirignano
The Education Abroad Office (EAO) operates under the auspices of the International Center. The purpose of the EAO is to provide quality service and support to students who seek international opportunities through education abroad and to support the internationalization efforts of the University of Michigan-Flint. The EAO is committed to academic excellence and cultural enlightenment to equip students for active and intellectual participation in the global society. In our increasingly interconnected world, educators and employers alike place emphasis on cultural awareness and global mindsets. The experiences gained by living and studying in a foreign country allows for the development of knowledge, skills, and attitudes that better prepares students for their academic and professional careers.
700 North Bank Center
Coordinator: Dr. Jeff Pratt
Administrative Specialist: Crystal Cordes
Success at a university begins well before a student’s freshman year. UM-Flint is proud to partner with school districts across Southeastern Michigan to provide unique opportunities for K-12 students. K-12 Partnerships provides centralized support for UM-Flint dual enrollment and early college programs. The Office also is the home for Super Science Friday and summer camp initiatives with the Computer Science, Engineering and Physics Department, School of Management and School of Education and Human Services.
From our innovative, groundbreaking dual enrollment programs to exciting events such as Super Science Friday and summer camp experiences, UM-Flint faculty and staff work collaboratively with teachers and administrators to offer these unique programs to youth in the state.
K-12 is currently engaged in dual enrollment partnerships with 25 Michigan high schools. Our dual enrollment programing will enhance the educational experience for 600+ high school students. Our partnerships include 2-4 course dual enrollment programs (DEEP) with themes such as Medical/Sciences, Pre-Engineering, Law & Criminal Justice, Business/Economics, Liberal Arts/Humanities, Earth & Resource Science and extend to 3-5 year early college experiences (Genesee Early College and Grand Blanc Early College). The results of these rich partnerships and educational opportunities are students who are better prepared for the rigor and challenges of higher education.
Marian E. Wright Writing Center
308 Thompson Library
Fax: (810) 237-6666
Director: Dr. Jacob S. Blumner
Coordinator: Vicky Dawson
Materials and individualized instruction in writing are provided for all students. Tutoring is by appointment and a drop-in basis. Students can get help with writing and speaking assignments for any course throughout the university or work on specific writing problems.
Instruction for one, two or three academic credits is offered in ENG 109, College Writing Workshop. Credit is earned by attending class and working with tutors in the Center. Computers are available for use by students working on their writing.The Center is fully staffed with trained tutors and is open Monday through Thursday, 9:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.; Friday, 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.; Saturday, 12:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.; and Sunday 1:00 to 5:00 p.m.
National Student Exchange Program
138 Thompson Library
Fax: (810) 762-3214
Coordinator: Laura L. Staudacher, MPA (firstname.lastname@example.org)
The National Student Exchange is a study away opportunity that allows students to take new courses, see new places, make new friends, and enroll in academic options that may not be available, at UM-Flint. By enrolling in NSE 299 for 12-18 credits, students pay UM-Flint tuition and may study away for a single term or academic year at one of nearly 200 NSE member colleges and universities in the United States, Canada, Guam, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands.
Minimum requirements to apply are full-time enrollment, a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher, and good academic, personal, and financial standing. For more information and to apply, visit: http://www.umflint.edu/nse.
NSE 299 - National Student Exchange
Admission to the NSE Program. (12-18).
Students pay UM-Flint tuition and may study away for a single term or academic year at one of nearly 200 NSE member colleges and universities in the United States, Canada, Guam, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands. Grades from host institution transfer to UM-Flint transcript with NSE designation and name of host institution. Maybe reelected once for credit.
Office of Research and Sponsored Programs
4203 William S. White Building
(810) 762-3383 or 762-3180
Fax: (810) 766-6791
Office of Research: http://www.umflint.edu/research
Institutional Review Board: http://www.umflint.edu/humansubjects
Director: Kenneth Sylvester, Ph.D.
Research Process Manager: Erin Kingsley
Research Process Coordinator: Joanne Devore
Research Program Manager: Andre Louis
Research Compliance Specialist: Mary Mandeville
Program Manager: Kristopher Johns
The Office of Research and Sponsored Programs at the University of Michigan-Flint (ORSP) provides integrated research development and support services for faculty, students and staff. Our objective is elevate the research enterprise with a focus on strategic areas of faculty expertise, and to support investigators throughout the entire “lifecycle” of their research.
- Assistance in developing and evaluating research proposals or programs
- Creating new opportunities through networking
- Finding funding opportunities to match areas of interest and expertise
- Research training and mentoring
- Familiarizing faculty with federal and private sponsor requirements
- Assistance with pre-award budget development
- Assistance with proposal requirements and submission
- Post-award administration and budget reconciliation
- Liaise with administrative staff and academic leadership in colleges and department on sponsored research
Research Compliance (UM-Flint Institutional Review Board):
- Human subjects
- Conflict of interest
- PEERRS (Program for Education and Evaluation in Responsible Research and Scholarship)
Promoting Student Research Opportunities:
- Undergraduate Research Opportunity Program
- Meeting of Minds Undergraduate Research Conference
- Flint Student Research Conference
- Funding for student research projects
Project Management & Support:
- Internal assessment projects for UM-Flint units
- Poster printing for research conferences and events
- Access to Qualtrics, a tool for conducting online surveys
The Office of Research and Sponsored provides small scale internal funding for preliminary or pilot level research in all areas of scholarly research and creative activity (including artistic productions and performances). Competitions are held twice each year in the fall and winter terms and are intended to facilitate high quality work in new areas of research or creative activity. Key considerations for review are scholarly merit, the value of the proposal for the applicants own research potential and progress, the likely impact, and the potential to enhance the distinction of UM-Flint.
The Office of Research and Sponsored Programs is required to review all applications for external support from federal or state sponsors. Typically corporate, foundation and non-profit support is reviewed by ORSP prior to submission if the work specifies a performance period, has a line-item budget, requires approval from UM compliance committees (eg. IRB, UCUCA, IBC, etc.) and/or requires periodic progress reports and institutionally signed financial reports. UM-Flint has its own faculty-led Institutional Review Board to ensure human subject protections are met, which is supported by ORSP.
The Office of Research and Sponsored Programs looks forward to serving you in whatever way we can to help you achieve your goals.
Office of the Ombuds
237 University Pavilion
University Ombuds: Rob Montry, M.A., LPC
Executive Secretary: Kelly B. Loury
The Office of the Ombuds is a safe environment where questions, concerns, and complaints about the functioning of the University may be discussed in a confidential manner. It offers informal dispute resolution services, provides resources and referrals, and helps students and staff consider available options. The office operates independently as a supplement to existing administrative and formal dispute resolution processes. It has no formal decision-making authority. The office is neutral and not an advocate for either side in a dispute. Rather, the University Ombuds is an impartial advocate for fair and consistent treatment. The Office of the Ombuds reports administratively to the Vice Chancellor for Campus Inclusion and Student Life, and adheres to the International Ombudsman Association (IOA) Code of Ethics and Standards of Practice where confidentiality, independence, neutrality, and informality are core principles.
The Office of the Ombuds will diligently field questions and complaints, promote development of critical thinking and problem solving skills to help students and staff act on their own behalf to resolve conflicts, help clients evaluate options for addressing concerns, make appropriate referrals, advise visitors about informal and formal resolution possibilities, and engage in shuttle diplomacy between parties when needed. The Office of the Ombuds does not serve as an advocate, replace traditional complaint and grievance procedures, participate in formal grievance processes, make administrative decisions for other offices, assign sanctions, act as an “office of notice” for those wishing to file a formal complaint, or relieve the client from acting on their own behalf.
Students and staff members unsure of how to proceed with a problem at the University of Michigan-Flint, entangled in red tape, caught in an irresolvable dispute, or in need of appropriate information and answers may contact the Office of the Ombuds. Those seeking assistance are requested to complete a Confidential Information Sheet and an Authorization Form prior to meeting with the Ombuds. These documents allow the office to understand the situation, and provide permission to make needed inquiries and collect relevant information. Both forms are available in Room 237 of the University Pavilion during business hours from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday, or online at the Office of the Ombuds Web site. The Office of the Ombuds may also be contacted at (810) 762-0002.
Student Success Center
285 University Pavilion
Fax: (810) 762-3024
Director: Fernando Fleurquin, M.D.
Assistant Director: Becky Armour Standel, M.A.
Student Transition and Retention: Ashley Hixson, MSW
Academic Advisors: Jeffery Dobbs, Margaret Golembiewski, Chelsea Smith
Support Staff/Administrative Assistants: Wendy Carpenter, Garry Cardillo
Tutoring and Supplemental Instruction Coordinator: Michael B. Kassel, Ph.D.
The Student Success Center (SSC) provides a supportive and collaborative environment that places an emphasis on students’ holistic development to assist them in accomplishing their personal, academic, and professional goals. The professional staff of the SSC is committed to facilitate students’ transition to the University of Michigan-Flint, to provide academic advising, to help students develop academic, financial, and support plans, to recommend campus resources, and to enhance students’ university experience both academically and socially.
Promoting student success is central to the mission of the SSC. The following services are available through the SSC:
· Orientation for new students: www.umflint.edu/studentsuccess/orientation
· Placement testing: www.umflint.edu/studentsuccess/placement-exam
· Academic advising: www.umflint.edu/studentsuccess/advising
· Tutoring and Supplemental Instruction: https://www.umflint.edu/studentsuccess/academic-support-services-0
Appointments with our academic advisors are recommended and can be made by phone or by email. Walk-in advising is also available from Monday to Thursday. For specific schedules for walk-in advising or to make an appointment with an advisor, see our website: https://www.umflint.edu/studentsuccess/advising .
Students who are exploring majors or are undecided about what major to choose should consult an academic advisor at the SSC.
Placement testing for English, Mathematics, Physics, and Computer Science are administered in the SSC. See our website for details on each of these exams: https://www.umflint.edu/studentsuccess/placement-exam
Academic Support Services
The Student Success Center (SSC) provides tutoring services free of charge to all UM-Flint students for a wide variety of core courses. Individual tutors provide one-on-one support, while walk-in tutors hold regular hours during which students are free to obtain tutorial assistance. Learning strategies tutors and technology tutors are also available on an individual basis; learning strategies tutors help students with study skills such as note-taking, time-management, reading comprehension, and test reviewing, while technology tutors help students with basic programs such as Microsoft Office, Blackboard, and other course-specific software. All tutors are recommended and approved by UM-Flint faculty.
Supplemental Instruction (SI) is also provided for specific courses during each academic semester. Supplemental Instruction is an academic support program, developed at the University of Missouri-Kansas City, in which trained SI Leaders attend specific courses and hold additional weekly study sessions to help students master both course content and study skills. SI courses are identified in the course schedule at the time of early enrollment.
Students may book individual appointments, as well as view the current SI and walk-in tutoring lab schedules on our website: https://www.umflint.edu/studentsuccess/academic-support-services-0 .
Student Veterans Resource Center
Program Manager: Vacant
Veterans Certifying Evaluator: Helen Budd, MBA
The Student Veterans Resource Center (SVRC) is located in 131 University Pavilion. The SVRC provides services for service members and veterans, as well as their spouses and dependents. Staff are available to assist with academic, financial, and transition support services, including information regarding the use of VA Educational Benefits. We have a wide network both on and off campus for referrals to a wide variety of services and programs. In addition to our services, we also have a student veteran’s lounge. The lounge area is home to four computer stations, printer, and television, as well as space to study and socialize while on campus.
- Assistance with the admission application process
- Review of military transfer credit recommendations
- Information about using financial aid
- Assistance using VA Educational Benefits or Tuition Assistance programs
- Scholarship opportunities
- Support to student veterans organizations and community involvement
- Priority registration
For additional details regarding the range of services we provide, please visit www.umflint.edu/studentveterans.
1001 Northbank Center
Interim Director: Dr. Jacob Blumner
Project Coordinator: Gary Ashley
Grants and Contracts Administrator: Kelli Catrell
Program Assistant: Sherry Hayden
Project Coordinator: Sara McDonnell
Community Outreach Coordinator: Leyla Sanker
Multimedia Designer: Lindsay Stoddard
Program Manager: Mona Munroe-Younis
Civic Engagement Coordinator: Mary Black
As a unit of Academic Affairs, University Outreach facilitates learning and engagement through thoughtful collaboration and partnerships with campus and community based on the principles of justice and fairness, community building, economic vitality, being in service, and healthy relationships.
University Outreach provides a range of customized services to make public scholarship, service-learning, innovative entrepreneurship, and issue-based programming a success. In addition to helping faculty meet academic goals for their scholarship and service, University Outreach offers co-curricular programs to students for building civic skills, critical thinking about salient issues, and recognizing civically engaged UM-Flint students who volunteer their time to address community needs.