“To be able to come together and meet other people who support you … because they’ve walked that same path, is incredibly powerful.”
Barb Hiltz, clinical assistant professor of social work and director of the Master of Social Work program, and co-founder of The Brides Project in Ann Arbor.
“When I meet with a student who gets excited about their future, they inspire me as much as I hope I inspire them through conversation.”
Juliana Lew, artist and recruiting coordinator at the Penny W. Stamps School of Art & Design
“If you’re first-generation, education is a means to an end. But have you really thought about what that end is?”
Line van Nieuwstadt, associate professor of engineering practice at UM-Dearborn.
“We often tell young people that they’re the generation to build peace and democracy, but we’re not always providing them the tools (to do so).”
Michelle Bellino, assistant professor of educational studies, School of Education
"I was always taken by the difficulty in describing the powerful effect of background music and how it enhances your experience of a film."
Caryl Flinn, professor of screen arts an cultures, and women's studies, LSA
"In my free time I am very active in the maker movement. So I work with 3-D printers and maker spaces and in general, learning new skills."
George Sprague, academic programs coordinator at the School of Information, maker-movement participant and part-time Ghostbuster.
"When I'm out there, I can feel the sun, feel the breeze, smell the plants, see the pollen. It connects you to nature."
Brian Stork, assistant professor of urology, about the pleasures of beekeeping
"The data are there. It's a matter of leveraging them and asking the right questions."
Jenna Wiens, assistant professor of electrical engineering and computer science, regarding the effort to develop machine learning to advance precision health
"Why should we not be able to use our medium critically in the same way as architects, graphic designers, writers, and other creative disciplines?"
Bruce Tharp, associate professor of art and design
Tharp and his wife, Stephanie, also an associate professor of art and design, promote the field of discursive design.
"Technology is another tool, another potential way of accessing the ancient world. It gives us more to do, more to work with, which can never be bad."
Jay Crisostomo, assistant professor of Near Eastern studies who focuses on Assyriology