CDI Staff

Amy Lyn Howard

  • Campus Diversity Educator

About me:

  • Hi! I’m Amy and I’m incredibly excited to be working with passionate students, staff, faculty, and community members to create a more culturally and socially conscious and inclusive campus community! While I’m not from the UP originally and have never experienced a true Yooper winter yet, I consider myself an “Outdoorsbian” and am elated to spend as much time outdoors [especially in the winter] as possible. In addition to loving the outdoors, I also consider myself a subpar weightlifter; a pizza/donut/coffee aficionado [which may feel contrary to the fact prior]; a hip hop enthusiast; a highly invested cat lady [I have two very needy cats – Mildred and Oswald]; and someone who loves people. My office is on the 2nd floor in CDI and whether you’re just passing through for some coffee, in need of a chat or a hug, or just want to come and discuss life – I’m here [with a big couch and a bowl of candy]!

Kellie Raffaelli

  • Director, Center for Diversity and Inclusion

About me:

  • 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 love to travel and be outdoors. My family and I love camping, hiking, and kayaking. I am dedicated and deeply invested in seeing students succeed, not only academically and professionally but also as human beings.

Zack Rubinstein

  • Assistant Director, Center for Diversity and Inclusion
Hamar House


About me:

  • Hey everyone! I am very excited to be working with all the amazing student, faculty, and staff members that are dedicated to social justice programming and awareness around the Michigan Tech Campus. I was born and raised outside of Boston... “Gimme some laabstahh kid.” I grew up as a 90’s kid so feel free to discuss plot points to the Sabrina series, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Family Matters, Rocko's Modern Life and the like. I am the last office on the 2nd floor in CDI and my door is always open. Stop by to chat about a program, if you want to work out an issue, or if you just want to relax and chat (I have a really comfy sofa)!

Bre Tucker

  • Student Engagement Coordinator
  • Center for Diversity and Inclusion
Hamar House


  • Student Leadership Development

About Me

  • Hey y'all! As a Michigan native and Tech alumna, I'm very excited to be back working with all of you. I was born in Kalamazoo, MI and spent the latter half of middle school and up in Clinton Township, MI. I came to Tech in 2010 and graduated 2013 with a BA in Communications, Culture, and Media Studies. I spend most of my time thinking about and planning my future Tiny House, watching movies, and crafting. I enjoy attempting to bake and I'm a huge fan of dogs! If you ever need anything, you can find me by the hot chocolate or in my second floor office. Follow the smell of my hot chocolate/coffee mix up the stairs and you'll find me at the first door on the left!

Karen Wade

  • Administrative Aide, Center for Diversity and Inclusion

About me:

  • I am the administrative aide in the Center for Diversity and Inclusion (CDI). Born and raised in the “big” City of Hancock, I graduated from Hancock High School and worked in banking for 25 years before coming to Michigan Tech in 2008. I married the love of my life, Ron Wade, on June 21, 1986. I am a caregiver for my family, and I enjoy doing volunteer work. My husband and I love to travel and hope to someday be “snow birds” (wintering in sunny Florida). I love working with students and enjoy taking on a “mothering” role. If you need someone to talk to, you can count on me.