Graham Sustainability Institute

Elizabeth A. LaPorte

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Program Manager

Elizabeth has more than 25 years of experience in project and program management. She works with university faculty, staff, and students and a variety of partners (e.g., government, non-profit organizations, and businesses). She excels at program development, implementation, and program innovation/improvement, is adept at program promotion and engagement; and is highly successful at collaboration. Previously, Elizabeth secured sponsored projects (state and federal grants), leveraging more than $1.5 million. Elizabeth has developed educational content for a variety of audiences (e.g., undergraduate and graduate students, K-12 educators, and professionals), has experience in non-profit board leadership, organizational governance and planning, program evaluation, grant-writing, and reporting.

Plan and implement activities (seminars, symposia, and skill sessions) related to the Dow Sustainability Fellows Program, and the Graham Undergraduate Scholars Program, administered by the Graham Sustainability Institute

Develop Strategies Connecting Faculty, Students, and External Partners:
- Facilitate the engagement of student-led teams focusing on sustainability challenges
- See and confirm organizations (clients) interested in working with Interdisciplinary teams
- Facilitate student support (consultants and faculty advisors) for community engagement
- Identify sustainability needs and organize student-led sustainability projects
- Examples of graduate student work locally and globally, see: Dow Global Impact Series 

Lecturer, Literature, Science & Arts (2018)
- Taught UC 327 - Undergraduate Sustainability Seminar
- Developed curricula resources via a Canvas Course site with multi-media resources

Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI):
- Current member of the Graham Institute DEI team
- Former Graham Institute DEI Lead, and founding member of Graham Institute DEI Team
- Former member and advisor to the U-M DEI Education, Learning, and Advisory Group tasked with implementing a campus-wide DEI educational plan
- Former member of the U-M Diversity Competency Committee

Promote Sustainability Science: 
Co-develop content with students, faculty, and experts, for multiple audiences

- Lecturer (U-M Literature, Science and the Arts), Graham Sustainability Scholars seminar development (undergraduate students) and Dow Sustainability Fellows seminar development (graduate students)
- Develop skills sessions, workshops, and other programs for fellows and scholars
- Consult with students about sustainability courses, internships, and career opportunities
- Seek partnerships to help ensure student success

- Former President of the UUAA Board of Trustees, Chair of the Leadership Development Team, and member of the Governance Team 
- Former President of the Michigan Clean Marina Foundation Board
- Consultant, School of Education, CEDER, Dow Innovation Teacher Fellowship (2018-2019); leveraged the graduate Dow Fellows Program for K-12 teacher professional development 


  • Master's Certification - Educational Media and Technology, Eastern Michigan University. Focus: Online educational content development, instructional design, and digital media development
  • Master of Fine Arts - Communication and Design, Eastern Michigan University. Focus: Design, marketing, product development, and content management
  • Bachelor of Fine Arts - Communications and Design, University of Michigan. Focus: Design theory and practice, usability, and ergonomics


  • University of Michigan Alumni Association, a Lifetime member
  • UUAA, Sunderland Society Member