DEI Strategic Plan: Overview

In March, 2015, President Mark Schlissel charged each school, college and unit to develop a five-year strategic plan for achieving the University’s vision for diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI). President Schlissel’s charge:

To further promote our mission and values regarding diversity, equity and inclusion, the University will engage in strategic planning. Each school, college or unit is responsible for overseeing a high-quality engaging planning process that results in a five-year plan for diversity, equity and inclusion covering all of the key constituents (e.g. students, staff, faculty, alumni, patients) in their school, college or unit. These plans should be:(1) highly aspirational and consistent with the leading role U-M has played in matters of diversity throughout its history;(2) concrete and supported by a series of specific measurable goals; and (3) consistent with the wide variety of research, educational, and public engagement activities that occur throughout the University.

We use the following definitions and commitments regarding diversity, equity and inclusion in our work:

Diversity: We recognize that many dimensions exist that describe human beings and speak to the human experience, such as race and ethnicity, gender and gender identity, sexual orientation, socio-economic status, language, culture, national origin, religious commitments, age, (dis)ability status and political perspective. We commit to work assiduously to broaden the diversity of our community, to promote and extend opportunities and outcomes for all members of our community, and to develop a campus environment in which each individual can realize his or her full potential.

Equity: We commit to working actively to challenge and respond to bias, harassment, and discrimination. We are committed to provide equal opportunity for all persons and do not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, age, marital status, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, disability, religion, height, weight or veteran status as prescribed by University policy.

Inclusion: We commit to pursuing deliberate efforts to ensure that our college is a place where differences are welcomed, different perspectives are respectfully heard and where every individual feels a sense of belonging. We know that by building a critical mass of diverse groups and creating a vibrant climate of inclusiveness, we can more effectively leverage the resources of diversity to advance our collective capabilities.

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