MDCR Directory Listing

  • Department of Civil Rights
    Organizational Details
    Contact Information

    Hours: Monday - Friday,
    8:00 am - 5:00 pm ET

    Phone: 313-456-3700

    Fax: 313-456-3701

    Email: MDCRServiceCenter@michigan.gov

    Mailing Address

    3054 W. Grand Boulevard, Suite 3-600

    Detroit, MI 48202

    Directions


Executive Office

  • MDCR Executive Office

    The Michigan Department of Civil Rights investigates complaints of discrimination in Michigan, and works to prevent discrimination through education and outreach. MDCR enforces the Elliott-Larsen Civil Rights Act and the Persons With Disabilities Civil Rights Act.

     

    • Interim Director: John E. Johnson, Jr.

Public Affairs and Admin Services

  • Public Affairs and Administrative Services

    Public Affairs and Administrative Services includes financial management, budget development and administration, procurement, telecommunications and oversight of automated systems; Communications; Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) Compliance and Statewide Training Division, Community Engagement and Strategic Operations, and Management Services..

    Deputy Director: Mary Engelman

    Phone: 517-335-3165

     
  • Communications

    Communications colleagues respond to media requests, maintain the Department’s electronic presence (at www.michigan.gov/mdcr), and on social media (Facebook, Twitter and Instagram), and collaborate with other state departments in conveying key messages. Staff write opinion pieces, speeches and reports, talking points for media events, and help develop grant applications. Communications staff are responsible for internal communications, development of marketing tools, brochures and other publications, and publicity for Commission and Departmental events.

    Vicki Levengood, Director

    Phone: 517-335-3165

     
  • ADA Compliance and Statewide Training Division

    The ADA Compliance division supports the State ADA Coordinator in carrying out the duties outlined in Executive Order 2004-31. The State ADA Coordinator is designated by the Governor and coordinates, on their behalf, to oversee executive branch compliance with state and federal disability rights laws in department and agency programs, services, and activities. Among other duties, the division is tasked with providing technical assistance to executive branch departments, facilitating the education and training of state employees on compliance, and collaborating with the Departmental ADA Coordinators on accessibility issues.

    The ADA Compliance Division also administers the Michigan Service Animal Registry, offering individuals with disabilities who use trained service animals the opportunity to register with the state and obtain an official identification card and patch. Registration is voluntary and designed to ensure the legal right to access businesses, schools and other public accommodations.

    The Statewide Training division directs the branding and manages the quality of internal, external, and statewide department trainings and presentations. The division also coordinates professional development opportunities including but not limited to the internship program, mentorship program and new employee training.

    Kimberly Woolridge, State ADA Compliance Director

    Phone: 517-241-1217

     
  • Community Engagement and Strategic Operations

    The Community Engagement and Strategic Operations division offers training on a range of topics including cultural competency, disability, sexual harassment, housing discrimination, hate crimes and civil rights law by partnering with communities to examine racial and ethnic disparities and the role they play in Michigan's economic and social environment.

    This division is also actively engaged in the following groups:

    • Advocates & Leaders for Police and Community Trust (ALPACT) - bringing law enforcement and community leaders together to build trust and facilitate communication and cooperation.
    • The Michigan Alliance Against Hate Crimes (MIAAHC) - working towards eliminating hate crimes and bias incidents in Michigan.

     

    Anthony Lewis, Director

     

    Phone: 313-456-3740

     
  • Management Services

    The Management Services division coordinates and implements the information technology, budgetary, special services and liaison work for the department. These services include:

    • Providing on-boarding and off-boarding of staff.
    • Managing laptops and workstations, smart devices and shared intranet and internet services.
    • Managing IT Equipment, logistics and software requests/deployment.
    • Ensuring compliance with DTMB-IT rules and regulations as well as overseeing cyber security.
    • Overseeing COVID-19 related safety and facility issues.
    • Representing the department in cross-departmental commissions and boards designation, including Protect Michigan Commission, Broadband Task Force, State Emergency Manager, and Office of Inspector General.
    • Spearheading Emergency Management response, technical assistance, and recovery efforts by the state to state and local emergency managers as well as community-based stakeholders.

     

    Mark Bishop, Director

    Phone: 517-335-3165

     

Division on Deaf, DeafBlind and Hard of Hearing

  • DODDBHH Function

     The Division on Deaf, DeafBlind and Hard of Hearing concentrates on serving Michigan residents who are Deaf, DeafBlind and Hard of Hearing. From the Not Without Us survey, approximately 7.4% of Michigan residents identify as deaf, deafblind and hard of hearing. The Division's mission is to affirm the indisputable right of Deaf, DeafBlind and Hard of Hearing Persons to secure effective communication. The Division receives input and guidance from a thirteen-member Advisory Council appointed by the Governor. The Division engages with state government agencies, relevant entities and community stakeholders in educational awareness and addressing the needs and concerns of individuals who are deaf, deafblind and hard of hearing. Various services include information and technical assistance to entities required to provide interpreters or other communication-related accommodations, training and workshops, and enhancing awareness about opportunities to create equitable opportunities and policies for effective communication access. 

    Annie Urasky, Director

    VP: 313-437-7035
    Toll-Free Voice/TTY: 313-437-7035
    Fax: 313-456-3721
    Email: DODDBHH@Michigan.gov

     

Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

  • Equity Officer Functions

    The Diversity, Equity and Inclusion division develops educational training session and resources designed to increase awareness of implicit bias and its impact in the work we do and the people we serve, including creating tools and resources to help guide and sustain equitable access and providing educational opportunities where organizations can establish a common language, framework, and the steps required to strategically operationalize equity.

    The Diversity, Equity and Inclusion division also engages in the work of establishing internal and external initiatives centered on increasing cultural competency. This division collaborates with multiple sectors of the state, is a part of the Governor's COVID-19 Task Force on Racial Equity and works closely with Equity and Inclusion Officers across the state to establish consistent approaches across state agencies. It also houses the Michigan Indian Tuition Waiver program, which waives tuition costs for eligible Native Americans attending Michigan's public colleges and universities.

    Alfredo Hernandez, Director
    Phone: 517-335-3165
     

Law and Policy

  • Law and Policy Functions

    This office provides legal guidance and strategy on issues and cases as they progress through the enforcement process. They also analyze pending legislation impacting civil rights in Michigan, write amicus briefs and draft charges, litigate cases in the administrative hearing process, and educate and train MDCR staff on relevant civil rights legal matters. The reconsideration (appeals) process is also housed in Law and Policy.

    Daniel Levy, Director
    Phone: 313-456-3809
     

Operations Division

  • Operations Functions

    MDCR is an administrative agency with investigative and enforcement authority. The Operations Division houses the Enforcement process, which includes intake, investigation and resolution of complaints of discrimination.

    Lori Vinson, Operations Director

    Phone: 517-335-3164