As a long-time community activist, social worker, educator, precinct delegate, native Detroiter, and someone whose story is part of the fabric of metropolitan Detroit and Hamtramck, Professor Diane McMillan is committed to social justice because it is the right thing to do. She is the oldest of nine children with eight brothers and she has one son. She has served in leadership roles to advocate and ensure that all people have access to quality community and education services. At times that has involved speaking at local schools and churches or facilitating and organizing community groups to achieve their potential with hands-on action through training and education.

Professor McMillan received her Bachelor of Arts in Sociology in 1974 and her Master in Social Work degree in 1976, both from Wayne State University. She has been a full-time Marygrove College social work faculty member since 1993, and also teaches in the Master of Social Justice Program. Diane is a part-time Professor at Wayne State University, and has taught at Davenport University, Spring Arbor University and the University of Detroit Mercy. 

As administrator, client/community advocate and practitioner, she has experience in mental health, child welfare, women’s services, substance abuse, and public policy. Professor McMillan has provided training locally and nationally in the areas of program development and cultural diversity.

Diane is an active member, of over 45 years, at True Love Missionary Baptist Church. She was also named Social Worker of the Year by the Michigan Chapter of the National Association of Social Workers. She was recognized as Educator of the Year by the Honorable Martha G. Scott. She is a Fellow of the Michigan Political Leadership Program (MPLP) at Michigan State University. Professor McMillan received the Headliner Award from Wayne State University’s Women of Wayne. Diane is a member of the National Association of Social Workers (NASW) and the National Association of Black Social Workers (NABSW). She is also a member of the American Federation of Teachers and the Coalition Labor of Union Women. Marygrove College recently awarded her the Associate Professor Emerita in Social Work.


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Diane McMillan, LMSW
Associate Professor Emerita Marygrove College