Initiatives & Focus

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Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

DE&I Strategic Plan

To advance the ideals of academic excellence and its symbiotic relationship with diversity, equity and inclusion, President Schlissel has called upon the university’s vast energies and intellectual and planning resources to develop U-M’s first five-year strategic plan on diversity, equity and inclusion. The President’s Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Strategic Planning Initiative was officially launched in September 2015 after more than a year of pre-launch activities. The planning process has been designed to engage all sectors and constituents of the university and the planning structure comprises more than 90 planning leads in every school, college and unit. Strategic Plan | Office Strategic Plan
Office Resource: Katrina Wade-Golden

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Detroit Connector

The Detroit Connector provides transportation between Ann Arbor and Detroit in support of curricular, co-curricular, research, service-learning and community service opportunities. The Connector also facilitates cultural enrichment and exchanges allowing the University community to utilize the region’s rich arts and scholarly resources. The service is available to U-M faculty, staff and students with a valid UMID, as well as partners involved in a current University initiatives. 
Office Resources: Julie Kelley and Mike Morland

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First Generation

The First Generation (FirstGen) initiative seeks to provide first-generation students at the University of Michigan with resources, insight and inspiration that can help them thrive and succeed on campus as they pursue a degree. A website was created as a tool a provide useful information about college life, paying for college and other programs and services. Above all, FirstGen aims to connect individuals with opportunities that will help open doors and connect U-M’s community of first-generation students who will support and encourage them throughout their journey. Learn MoreNews and Events
Office Resource: Adan Hussian


Wolverine Pathways

The University of Michigan launched Wolverine Pathways in January 2016, an ambitious, exciting program to make a U-M education a possibility for more talented students. We invite you to join us as we seek to provide opportunities for qualified high school students to have a University of Michigan education. A successful Wolverine Pathways program will have an impact far beyond these individual scholars—enriching the middle school and high school classrooms of these motivated students, strengthening their communities by increasing the number of college-educated students, and ultimately benefitting the next generation of college graduates. We are seeking donors who share our belief in the desirability of preparing more high school students to succeed in college, with a goal of enrolling and graduating more of these students from the University of Michigan. Give
Office Resource:  Robert Jagers

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Inclusive Teaching Initiative

This initiative is the result of a recommendation from the 2014 Provost’s Report on Diversity, Equity and Inclusion. The initiative’s aim is to build faculty skill in and commitment to cultivating learning environments where students of all backgrounds and identities are welcomed, feel valued, and are equitably supported in their academic success. In December 2014, a task force composed of experts from the Center for Research on Learning and Teaching (CRLT), The Program on Intergroup Relations (IGR), and the School of Education (SOE) was asked to develop a model for faculty professional development around inclusive teaching for all faculty at the University of Michigan. The task force proposed a flexible model around inclusive teaching, and faculty focus groups were conducted to gather views from a broad range of faculty, representing diverse roles, identities, and disciplines across the University.
Office Resource: Ellen Meader

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Diversity Census

Initiated in 2015, the diversity census was created to organize and solicit data about diversity-related endeavors at the University of Michigan that are essential to an effective collaboration. More than 500 programs are currently implemented across the University, with a focus on K-12 outreach, recruitment of students from Minority Serving Institutions, and programs engaging students in undergraduate research. A searchable database has recently been developed in which campus members can locate other programs targeting similar audiences and/or are active in similar school districts, which helps deepen and expand the University’s impact on these efforts. The census provides data about: (1) programs implemented at the school/college or unit level, (2) people whose roles have specified responsibilities related to diversity, equity, and/or inclusion, and (3) organizations of students, staff, or faculty with a diversity-related focus from units, schools, and colleges reporting to the Provost. Conducted regularly, the census maintains data of current people representing each program, as well as its current internal and external collaborators.
Office Resource: Mary Boyce