Advocates Team

The Advocates Team is a group of majority men individuals in positions of influence at Michigan Tech who have committed to a) continuously learning, b) using that knowledge to educate their majority men colleagues to be allies of women, minorities, and gender diverse individuals, c) advocating with their women, minorities, and gender diverse colleagues, and d) advocating for policies and practices that move Michigan Tech culture to achieve equity for all.

When advocating for policies and practices, the goal is that the A3B and Advocates will work closely together with the goal that well-intentioned ideas translate into policies and practices that most effectively achieve the goals of equity.


David Flaspohler

  • Professor
  • Director of Undergraduate Programs

Advocates Team

Michael Blanco

  • Director of Diversity and Inclusion Operations
  • Pronouns: he, him, his

Robert Handler

  • Senior Research Engineer, Chemical Engineering
  • Adjunct Assistant Professor, Civil, Environmental, and Geospatial Engineering
  • Faculty Advisor, Green Campus Enterprise

Timothy Havens

  • Director, Great Lakes Research Center
  • Director, Institute of Computing and Cybersystems
  • William and Gloria Jackson Professor

Dany Jacob

  • Senior Lecturer, French and Gender Studies
Mike Olson

Mike Olson

  • Assistant Director for Market Development
Bulut (Turk) Ozturk

Bulut (Turk) Ozturk

  • Head Coach, Women's Soccer

Roman Sidortsov

  • Associate Professor, Energy Policy

Yoke Khin Yap

  • University Professor
  • Professor of Physics, Director of Applied Physics Graduate Program
  • Osaka University Global Alumni Fellow, MTU Faculty Fellow
  • 906-487-2900
  • Office: Fisher 219, Labs: Fisher B013, B009, B031, B034