1. U-M to host presentations by candidates for VPEI-CDO

    April 8, 2022
    Michigan Photography, Roger Hart

    The Office of the Provost will host two in-person presentations featuring candidates being considered for the University of Michigan’s next chief diversity officer and vice provost for equity and inclusion.

  2. Robert Sellers to be appointed as member of the President’s Committee on the National Medal of Science

    April 5, 2022
    DEI Community Conversations

    On Wednesday, March 23, 2022, President Joe Biden announced his intent to appoint several individuals to serve in key roles on the President’s Council on the Commission of Fine Arts, the President’s Committee on the National Medal of Science, and Sports, Fitness & Nutrition. Robert Sellers, Vice Provost for Equity & Inclusion, Chief Diversity Officer, Read more

  3. What’s the State of Free Expression on Campus?

    February 8, 2022
    Michigan Photography, Roger Hart

    How are attitudes toward free expression evolving on college campuses? How do college leaders respond to claims that their institutions have become unwelcoming places for certain views? How can colleges mitigate potential conflicts when they do arise? I talked with Michael S. Roth, the president of Wesleyan University; Eduardo Peñalver, the president of Seattle University; Read more

  4. Robert Sellers Recipient of Distinguished Scholar Award

    December 1, 2021
    DEI Community Conversations

    The Society of Personality and Social Psychology has named Vice Provost for Equity and Inclusion and Chief Diversity Officer, Dr. Robert Sellers, as the 2021 recipient of the Distinguished Scholar Award. Started in 2011, the Distinguished Scholar Award is a senior career award that recognizes the broad scope and potentially integrative nature of scholarship in Read more

  5. The Power of Human Connection

    July 22, 2021

    “DEI is the core of every job. Every job is a DEI job,” Walsh said. “If you’re not thinking and working from this social justice lens rather than a deficit-based narrative… asking yourself what you are being trained to center… you’re not going to be successful.”

  6. Race on Campus: What national conversations about racial equity and inclusion mean for you and your institution

    April 7, 2021

    During meetings with deans and administrators, departments are evaluated on recruiting, retaining, and developing a diverse community, alongside other annual benchmarks.The tactic is part of the university’s five-year strategic DEI plan, rolled out in 2016. Action items for each department are different, but the goal is uniform: Create a more equitable climate and culture at the Read more

  7. Slouching Toward Equity: The lonely task of the chief diversity officer

    September 15, 2020

    We will remember this summer. To remember it will hurt, because what we have gone through, what we are still going through, involves a lot of pain. It is that very pain that has pushed the summer of 2020 deep into the soft tissue of our collective memory, that has made it stick to the Read more

  8. U-M president on black enrollment: ‘We’ve got a lot more work to do’

    June 5, 2020
    President's Initit. Funds, Allison Correll

    The University of Michigan acknowledged its campuses are not immune to systemic racism, and president Mark Schlissel said one solution is recruiting more prospective black students. Schlissel made the remarks in a one-hour virtual town hall broadcast Friday on YouTube. “We need to be smarter about ways to grow the black student population,” he said. “We need Read more

  9. Political activist Angela Davis to keynote University of Michigan’s 34th annual MLK Symposium

    January 17, 2020

    The University of Michigan will be holding its 34th annual Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Symposium at Hill Auditorium on Jan. 20 starting at 10 a.m. Known for her work in the fields of social, racial, economic and gender justice, political activist, author and educator Angela Davis will be delivering the keynote address.

  10. Michigan shares insights from a decentralized diversity accountability structure

    December 18, 2019

    University of Michigan shares insights from its decentralized diversity accountability structure, in which individual academic and administrative units have their own diversity officers.