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Phillip J. Bowman

Phillip J. Bowman is a Professor of Higher Education at the University of Michigan where he is also Director of the Diversity Research and Policy Program (DRPP) and Faculty Associate at the Institute for Social Research.  DRPP was launched in 2008 with funding from the National Institutes of Health while Bowman was Founding Director of the National Center for Institutional Diversity (2006-2013), a national think-tank for bridging innovative scholarship with policy-relevant social change.  Since 2013, the DRPP priorities have continued to evolve through strategic alliances between the School of Education, Institute for Social Research and other stakeholders at UM and beyond.  As a theoretical and applied social psychologist, Bowman’s scholarship focuses on higher education, racial/ethnic diversity, and related public policy issues (e.g. workforce inequalities, urban family poverty, health disparities and social justice); he has a growing interest in multilevel strengths-based intervention strategies to reduce inequalities, disparities and opportunity gaps.  Professor Bowman teaches several related courses including Race, Ethnicity and Gender in Higher Education; Diversity, Merit and Higher Education; and Strengths-Based STEM Pipeline Interventions.

Prior to 2006, Bowman served as Director of the Institute for Research on Race and Public Policy with the University of Illinois at Chicago and also as a Professor in Psychology, African American Studies and Educational Policy Studies with the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. At Northwestern University for a decade, Professor Bowman held numerous leadership roles as Professor of Education, Human Development, Social Policy and African American Studies including Faculty Fellow with the Institute for Policy Research, Faculty Affiliate with the Joint Center for Poverty Research, Co-Coordinator of the Spencer Training Grant in Education and Social Policy, Director of the Summer Academic Workshop, Director of the Social-Behavioral Science Scholars Program, Chair of the Graduate Program in Counseling Psychology, and Chair of the Department of African American Studies. He has been a Rockefeller and Senior Ford Postdoctoral Fellow and serves as a national and international consultant on policy-relevant diversity issues.  His research has been supported by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, Spencer Foundation, state agencies, and several federal agencies, including the National Institutes of Health and the National Science Foundation. Bowman received his Ph.D. in Social Psychology from the University of Michigan where he began his professional career as an Assistant Research Scientist at the Institute for Social Research and Assistant Professor in Psychology and Afroamerican and African Studies.

Angela Ebreo

Angela Ebreo, PhD, is the Associate Director of the Diversity Research & Policy Program (DRPP) and an Associate Research Scientist at the University of Michigan’s Center for the Study of Higher and Postsecondary Education.  From 2007 until 2013, she served as Assistant Director for Research and Training in UM’s National Center for Institutional Diversity.  Currently, Dr. Ebreo is the Co-PI on an evaluation of the Health Policy Research Scholars Program, a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation funded Culture of Health leadership program housed at George Washington University.  From 2009-2013, Dr. Ebreo served as the Co-Principal Investigator for an NIH-NIGMS funded project “Understanding Exemplary Research Opportunity Interventions.” In that role, she supervised more than 25 graduate and undergraduate research assistants who performed tasks related to research participant recruitment, survey development, data collection, file-building, data analysis, and report writing. She has served as the project director for several funded projects, including an NIH research supplement and a multi-ethnic student study. In addition, Dr. Ebreo has been a co-instructor for ICPSR’s Summer Research Program workshop on Methodological Issues in Quantitative Research on Race and Ethnicity. Her primary research interests are in social support and coping, especially in racial/ethnic populations, and cross-cultural research methodology. Her other scholarly interests include racial, ethnic, and gender disparities in health, campus-community collaborative/participatory research.  Prior to joining NCID, Dr. Ebreo was the Assistant Director for Research and Training at the Institute for Research on Race and Public Policy, University of Illinois at Chicago.  At UIC-IRPP, she coordinated the institute’s Asian American programs and activities, assisted with other research activities including the Race and Ethnic Disparities in Health and Race, Ethnicity, and Urban Education Initiatives, directed externally funded projects, and mentored participants in the institute’s Undergraduate Research and Leadership Training Program.