January 12, 2011



Director, Bruce D. Martin

Dr. Bruce D. Martin, Executive Director, earned a bachelor’s degree in philosophy and psychology from the University of Wisconsin and a Master of Divinity and Doctor of Ministry from Princeton Theological Seminary.  He has served as a chaplain at Eastern Mennonite University and at Penn State University.  He is currently an adjunct instructor in Ojibwe studies for the Interinstitutional Consortium for Indigenous Knowledge (ICIK) at Penn State University.

Growing up among the Anishinaabe people of northern Minnesota taught me to respect cultures and to appreciate diversity.  This passion for difference has been invaluable in developing residential and educational programs for international students and visiting scholars at the University of Michigan. 

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Program Manager, Jessica Greenfield

Jessica has a Masters degree in Social Work from the University of Michigan with a focus on social policy in communities and social systems. While completing her degree, she worked for the Center for the Education of Women in Ann Arbor as well as the University of Michigan International Center.  She was born and raised in Michigan, and completed her undergraduate studies in social work with a minor in women’s and gender studies at Michigan State University.  She is an advocate for social justice, peace, and unity.


Property/ Building Maintenance Manager, Stonewall Griffin

Stoney maintains the ECIR building and does repairs as needed.


Program Assistant, Shih-Ya Chang

Shih-Ya is a first year graduate student from Taiwan at the U-M School of Social Work. Her study focuses on organizing community developments that bridges the majority and minority populations. Shih-Ya enjoys diversity and multicultural environments. She has lived in Shanghai (China), Texas (USA), did short-term volunteering work in Tel Aviv (Israel), Chiquimula (Guatemala), and Kijabe (Kenya), and worked with people from many nations. Being able to serve and learn from fellow international friends in Ann Arbor, Shih-Ya is grateful to be a part of the ECIR family.

Program Assistant, Colleen Towler

Colleen is a second year graduate student in the School of Social Work at U of M. She is focusing on Community Organizing and Community and Social Systems. She is passionate about global social work, using dance and other artistic mediums to create social awareness, program development and implementation to meet the needs of diverse communities. She is grateful to be at the ECIR and have the opportunity to engage with residents and staff to learn about many cultures, lifestyles, and religions.

Office Assistant, Jonathan VanTreeck

Jonathan is a first year graduate student at the U-M School of Social Work with a focus in global social work. In July 2017, he returned home after serving 26 months with the Peace Corps in Ecuador. Jonathan is interested in grassroots community development overseas, particularly in Latin America. He joined the ECIR team this fall because he is eager to stay involved with and support the international community on and off-campus.