The Spectrum Center has a new video series in which alumni answer your questions! Melvin Whitehead is our latest alum featured. For more videos, follow us on facebook: facebook.com/spectrumcenter and on twitter: @UMSpectrumCtr, or find us on our website: spectrumcenter.umich.edu
Melvin Whitehead is a black, same-gender loving, transgender librarian and educator. He received his Master of Science in Information from the University of Michigan in 2010. Currently, he resides in the Chicago area and is a Public Services/Electronic Resources Librarian and Assistant Professor at Joliet Junior College (JJC).
While at U-M, Melvin was an active member of the Spectrum Center's Speakers Bureau (currently "My Voice") and a member of the Spectrum Center Student Advisory Board. He also co-organized U-M's first Queer People of Color Summit (2009) and the Spectrum Center's Transgender Day of Remembrance event in 2010.
In his current position at JJC, Melvin teaches information literacy, does outreach work with faculty and students across campus, and supports the implementation of emerging technologies to enhance instruction. Melvin also works to improve the campus climate for all students at JJC through his work in developing JJC's Safe Zone Ally program (an Ally training program), his role as an advisor for G.L.O.W. (a group for LGBTQ and straight ally students), spearheading JJC's Safe Zone Speakers Bureau, and facilitating workshops on gender identity.