Staff

Feodies Shipp III

Director

Feodies Shipp

Feodies Shipp III

Feodies Shipp III started his career in higher education with the U-M Career Center in 1995. From 1996 to 2010, he worked in the university’s Office of Undergraduate Admissions first as an admissions counselor and then as assistant director. In 2010, Shipp was named associate director of the U-M Detroit Center. Through this position, he was able to combine two of his greatest passions — the University of Michigan and the city of Detroit.

Born and raised in Detroit, Shipp is excited by the city’s rebirth and believes the university can be a significant contributor to that experience. He earned his B.A. in History from U-M and his M.A. in educational leadership from Eastern Michigan University.

dini@umich.edu

Media Assistant

Mackenzie Hewitt

Mackenzie Hewitt

Mackenzie is an undergraduate at the University of Michigan who discovered her passion for social justice while pursuing Art & Design. She then adopted a Sociology major with a Law, Justice, and Social Change focus.

At U of M, Mackenzie has led research as an intern with ProsperUS Detroit to address socioeconomic inequality. Through the Prison Creative Arts Project, she has facilitated art workshops with incarcerated individuals to offer support.

As a Media Assistant, Mackenzie is eager to continue engaging with the Detroit community. Ultimately, she plans to attend graduate school for law or public policy and blend community engagement through art with policy work on justice reform.

When Mackenzie is not working or studying, she enjoys running, cooking, and spending time with her cats.

mmaeh@umich.edu

Florence J. Alexander

Office Assistant

Florence J. Alexander

Florence J. Alexander’s (she, her, hers) passion in community organizing, policy, and evaluation work stems from her inspiration from her family, friends, and home community of Saginaw, Michigan. She studied Social Policy and Evaluation with a concentration in Community and Social Systems and graduated with her MSW in December 2019 from the University of Michigan School of Social Work.

Florence was a 2020 Electoral Justice Project Fellow with the Movement for Black Lives, leading the Black the Vote Campaign.  Florence is passionate about bringing communities together, continuously learning, and building opportunities for youth to organize around ideas and futures they’re passionate about. In her free time, Flo enjoys going to the park, museums, spending time with family and friends, and exploring art. 

fjalexan@umich.edu

 

James Neely

Office Assistant

James Neely

Native Detroiter educated in the city of Detroit. Received a B.A. degree (English) from Sacred Heart Major Seminary and a M.A. degree (Educational Administration) from Marygrove College.

Previously held positions as Senior Counselor, University of Michigan AA Office of Undergraduate Admissions; Director of Graduate/Undergraduate Recruitment, University of Detroit Mercy Admissions Office; and Academic Specialist, Michigan State University College of Education.

jneely@umich.edu