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Diversity Equity and Inclusion Strategic Plan

“At the University of Michigan our dedication to academic excellence for the public good is inseparable from our commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion.

It is central to our mission as an educational institution to ensure that each member of our community has full opportunity to thrive in our environment, for we believe that diversity is key to individual flourishing, educational excellence and the advancement of knowledge.”

—President Mark Schlissel

I am pleased to share with our community the Michigan Engineering Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) Strategic Plan. Thank you to everyone who contributed to this draft.

DEI is a priority for the University, for the College and for me as we strive for excellence in all that we do. Research is clear that diverse groups produce better outcomes. Equity means everybody is treated fairly. An environment that is intentionally inclusive will expand opportunities for everyone.

This document is a starting point to guide our progress. I urge all students, faculty and staff to read it, respond to it and determine what you can do to improve DEI at Michigan Engineering. Each of us has a role to play in making our community better. Ultimately, we will be judged not by what we say, but what we do.

Please share your feedback on the draft of the Plan through the form on the College’s DEI website , via email to Robert Scott (scottrd@umich.edu), Director of Diversity Initiatives, or during the University’s DEI introduction or the Michigan Engineering DEI Student Town Hall.

Engineering demands constant improvement. At Michigan Engineering, we are aiming high, seeking to elevate our position from “great to best” in everything we do. To succeed, we need every member of our community to be heard, to be involved and to be able to achieve to their full potential. Let’s continue to work together as we strive to be DEI Leaders & Best.

– Alec D. Gallimore, Ph.D.
Robert J. Vlasic Dean of Engineering
Richard F. and Eleanor A. Towner Professor of Engineering
Arthur F. Thurnau Professor

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