2019 DEI Summit: Student Advisory Planning Group

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The 2018 Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion (DEI) Summit was held during the week of October 8-12, 2018. An estimated 1,000 students, faculty, and staff attended the Community Assembly & Discussion on the morning of October 8 at the Power Center, featuring a video montage of DEI units and events from across campus, remarks by senior leaders, a progress update on the DEI Strategic Plan, our keynote speaker/conversation, and student performances. There was also a Student Meet & Greet Reception with Diane Guerrero immediately following the Community Assembly & Discussion.

Other central events throughout the week were hosted by Student Life, the President’s Committee on Sexual Misconduct, CEW+, and Voices of the Staff. A brief narrative summary of central events, along with photos, is available here. A recording of the Community Assembly & Discussion is available on the ODEI website here.

Current Year: 2019 DEI Summit

The annual (DEI) Summit will occur during October 2019. In response to feedback from DEI Leads across campus, this year’s Summit will be held over the entire month (rather than for a week), starting with the Community Assembly on Monday, October 7, 2019 (tentatively @ Hill Auditorium) and other central events taking place weekly throughout the month.

Role of Student Advisory Planning Group

The purpose of the Student Advisory Planning Group (SAPG) is to draw student attendance to the 2019 DEI Summit’s Community Assembly by providing critical input, feedback, and assistance with program content, student engagement, and marketing strategies. Our goal is for the Community Assembly to reflect students’ interests and experiences, as well as our institutional DEI mission, and inspire and motivate the campus community to continue its progress toward DEI.

SAPG members will attend 7 monthly meetings from February-May and August-October. Each meeting will be about 2 hours in length and will include dinner. Meetings will be staffed and facilitated by Dr. Mary Rose, Program Manager in the Office of Diversity, Equity & Inclusion, Provost’s Office.

Approximately 12-15 students will be selected to participate; the contributions of these members will be publicly acknowledged at the 2019 DEI Summit’s Community Assembly and on the ODEI website.

A tentative timeline of meeting topics is as follows (all dates 2019):

January Recruiting members; application process; set meeting schedule
February History, purpose, visioning
March Ideas for Community Assembly
April Student performances & engagement
May Outreach strategies for Fall
June/July No Formal Meeting
August Update on event planning Feedback on marketing materials
September Implementing outreach strategies
October/November Final meeting & debrief

Application Process

To be considered for the 2019 DEI Summit: Student Advisory Planning Group, please submit your résumé and a 1-2 page cover letter that addresses the following 4 questions:

  1. Reflecting on the 2018 Community Assembly & Discussion, what worked well and what would you suggest for improvement?
  2. What skills, values, experiences, and/or perspectives would you bring to the SAPG? Please provide at least one example or experience to illustrate your
  3. What kind of content or strategies would draw students to the 2019 Community Assembly?
  4. Please provide the contact information for at least one student and one faculty/staff who can provide a character or professional reference for you (i.e., minimum of 2 references).

DEADLINE: Please email your cover letter and résumé to Dr. Mary Rose, mlairose@umich.edu, by

Monday, Jan. 28 @ 8:00 a.m. Decisions will be emailed by Friday, Feb. 1.

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