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, working with university faculty, staff, and students. In addition, she works with a variety of community partners and diverse organizations (e.g., government, non-profit, businesses, and industries). She excels at program development, implementation, assessment, and reporting; is adept at program promotion, and engagement; is highly successful at collaborative project management, including sponsored projects (leveraged more than $1.5 million 2009-2014). Elizabeth has directed the development of educational content for a variety of audiences (e.g., K-12 educators and other professionals), and has experience in non-profit board leadership (e.g., organizational governance and planning).

Plan and implement activities 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 Partners:
- Facilitate the engagement of student-led teams focusing on sustainability challenges
- Interdisciplinary teams work with clients, partners, and faculty advisors on applied sustainability science projects
- Examples of graduate student work locally and globally, see: Dow Global Impact Series 

Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI):
- 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, Sustainability Scholars Seminar for undergraduate juniors
- Develop skills sessions, workshops, and other programs for undergraduate and graduate students
- Consult with students about sustainability courses, internships, and career opportunities

- Former President of the UUAA Board of Trustees and Chair of the Leadership Development Team 
- Former President of the Michigan Clean Marina Foundation Board

- School of Education, CEDER, Dow Innovation Teacher Fellowship
- Leverage the graduate Dow Fellows Program for K-12 teacher professional development 


  • Master's Certification - Educational Media and Technology, Eastern Michigan University. Focus: Online education 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