Faculty image John Matlock Assistant Vice Provost & Director, Office of Academic Multicultural Initiatives University Administration

As Director of the Office of Academic Multicultural Initiatives (OAMI), Dr. Matlock manages research programs, multicultural activities, pre-college initiatives, student leadership training, and academic enrichment activities. The OAMI involves a large number of students with its own programs and supports student-initiated academic and multicultural programming. As Assistant Vice Provost, he provides leadership in developing and implementing the multicultural goals of the University and maintains active relationships with the Ann Arbor/Ypsilanti and Detroit communities.

Prior to returning to the University of Michigan in 1990, Dr. Matlock served nearly a decade as chief of staff to U.S. Representative John Conyers of Michigan and U.S. Representative Harold Ford of Tennessee. Dr. Matlock was also Director of Institutiona l Research and Planning at Tennessee State University and Director of the University of Michigan's Community Relations Office. He received his B.S. from Ferris State University, and his M.A. in Journalism and Ph.D. in Higher Education both from the University of Michigan.

Dr. Matlock has traveled extensively, particularly in West Africa and the Caribbean. He is actively involved in writing and research activities, as well as political consulting. A strong believer in grassroots politics, he is particularly interested in helping communities and social organizations develop strategies to strengthen their political effectiveness.

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