Mission & Vision

The Office of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (ODEI) leads and supports a variety of university-wide initiatives and guides policy at the enterprise level focused on recruitment and retention of a broadly diverse student body, faculty, and staff, and on fostering the type of inclusive and equitable community at the University of Michigan that is essential to our university’s academic excellence mission.

ODEI’s mission is to serve as a leader, partner, and resource for our U-M campus community, working with our schools/colleges and campus units to implement and support the use of values-driven, evidence-informed approaches and practices that enhance diversity, equity, and inclusion– across our campus, in partnership with local communities, and at national and global levels. This mission is grounded in a vision of U-M impacting the world by providing an intellectually and culturally diverse university community where all have the opportunity to thrive and excel and to use their talents to make societal impacts.

Defining | Diversity, Equity & Inclusion

At the University of Michigan, our dedication to academic excellence for the public good is inseparable from our commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion. We know that talent is distributed across all communities, but opportunity is not. Cultivating a diverse campus community – including removing barriers to higher education access – enables the types of culturally and intellectually rich learning and working environments necessary for a world-class education, catalyzing new knowledge production and innovations, and developing solutions that positively impact society. In order to best nurture and benefit from a diverse campus community, we must create and sustain the conditions of equity and inclusion that allow all campus members to participate and thrive.

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Pillars and Goals

DIVERSITY: We work to create a university community that reflects the vast, rich heterogeneity of the state and the broader society.

EQUITY: We work to create a university environment that fosters an equal opportunity for all members and promotes a university culture that discourages individual bias. We are also committed to eliminating institutional bias in all of its forms at our university.

INCLUSION: We work to create a university where every individual has a sense of belonging and the opportunity to contribute to the whole.

PARTNERSHIPS: We work to discover, develop, foster and celebrate mutually beneficial mission-focused partnerships within and outside the university community.

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