Director, Center for Diversity and Inclusion
Hi! My name is Kellie Raffaelli (it rhymes) and I am the Director of the Center for Diversity and Inclusion (CDI). I was born and raised in the Bronx, New York. After studying cultural anthropology and education, I’ve found the perfect home at CDI.
I’m married to Richie, a local Yooper, and we have two beautiful daughters, Fiona and Lilyanna; we also have a border collie named Isabel and a lab named Luna. I come from a very large, loud, talkative, and loving family who all still live in New York City. I love to travel and be outdoors. My family and I love camping, hiking, and kayaking. Before settling in the UP, my husband and I lived in Utah, New Mexico, Oregon, and Colorado.
At CDI, I work with a variety of students providing academic support and outreach. Specifically I coordinate the MiCUP/MI-LSAMP program, a 7 week residential research program for students from Delta College, Grand Rapids Community College and Wayne County Community College District in lower Michigan. I also work closely with the Black and African American student organizations, which include the National Society of Black Engineers (NBSE), Society of African American Men (SAAM), Society of Intellectual Sisters (SIS), and African Students Organization (ASO).
I am dedicated and deeply invested in seeing students succeed, not only academically and professionally but also as human beings. I love to encourage students to try new things, to set the bar high, and to celebrate all of their accomplishments. If you’re looking for a cheerleader, I’m your woman!