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Lilly Lavner

Lilly Lavner

Liaison for the Fellows Program to Diversify the Professoriate

11 E. Adams Street, 800
Chicago, IL 60603
Phone: 312.561.5921

Lilly joined the Faculty Development and Grant Programs team at ACM in July 2015. She works closely with staff and faculty at all 14 ACM colleges to coordinate the various program components of the Mellon grant-funded Undergraduate and Faculty Fellows Program for a Diverse Professoriate. Lilly also works with staff at the Big Ten Academic Alliance and campus partners to plan and organize Annual Summits, which provide Graduate School Exploration Fellowship (GSEF) recipients opportunities to present their research and build their cohort, and helps to plan and execute Hiring and Diversity workshops for staff and faculty at member institutions.

A native New Yorker, Lilly moved back to New York City after graduating college to work in a Biochemistry and Genetics Research Laboratory at the Rockefeller University. She then moved to the Midwest (the first time) to pursue graduate work at the University of Michigan. During graduate school, Lilly interned with IGR CommonGround (a co-curricular social justice education group). She then moved to Jackson, Mississippi to take a position in the admissions office at Millsaps College. Prior to joining the ACM, Lilly held a position as Director of Student Activities and Leadership at her alma mater in the Dean’s Office at Haverford College. In this capacity she ran an office tasked with enriching the co-curricular lives of students, promoting interaction among all segments of the community, and developing and implementing a student leadership development curriculum. While at Haverford, Lilly worked closely with the First-Year Orientation Committee, Sophomore-Year Experience Task Force, Office of Multicultural Affairs, and Office of Academic Resources to develop and introduce new approaches and structures to ease the transition to college for a wider variety of students from diverse backgrounds.

Lilly earned a B.S. from Haverford College in Biology, as well as a M.A. in Higher Education and M.S. in Molecular, Cellular, and Developmental Biology from the University of Michigan – Ann Arbor. She enjoys running, cooking, theatre, and trivia and loves traveling around the Midwest.

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