Affiliates and Partnerships


Who are ODEI affiliates? ODEI affiliates are University of Michigan groups or organizations that receive sponsorship status from the Office of Diversity, Equity & Inclusion that are not official units of the office.


Black Employee Association at the University of Michigan

Established in the 1980s, for over thirty years, the Association of Black Professionals, Faculty, Administrators, and staff have provided a forum dedicated to creating a working environment that allows black employees to flourish through programming, mentoring, professional development, and establishing bi-directional communication with the University of Michigan Leadership. In 2021 under unanimous vote, the organization changed its name to the Black Employee Association at the University of Michigan B.E.A.M. This change was created to represent the multiple positions black faculty and staff lead on campus and be more inclusive.



Women of Color in the Academy Project

The Women of Color in the Academy Project (WOCAP) is a campus-wide faculty network at U-M that supports scholarship focused on understanding the experiences of women of color in the academy and advocacy work to address the challenges and issues faced uniquely by women of color in the academy. To advance this scholarship and advocacy work, WOCAP provides professional development and a supportive and inclusive community that includes writing retreats, weekly writing sessions, bi-annual dinners, and other networking and professional development opportunities. WOCAP is open to all faculty who support or are actively engaged in this work.



Women of Color Task Force

The Women of Color Task Force (WCTF) is a University of Michigan staff organization, founded in 1979, that provides professional development, networking, and training opportunities for employees, with a focus on addressing the needs of women of color staff. For more than 36 years, the WCTF has served as a support network and a forum for the exchange of information about the status of women of color staff at the University of Michigan.



The MI-LSAMP is a collaborative initiative involving four major Michigan universities (University of Michigan, Michigan State, Wayne State, and Western Michigan) and two community colleges (Washtenaw and Mott). Its primary goal is to boost the number of underrepresented minority students obtaining bachelor’s degrees in STEM fields, while also preparing them for graduate programs.

M-PACT will establish a faculty development core that provides systematic and comprehensive resources, mentorship and culturally aware coaching to help early-career faculty excel as independent investigators, while fostering a sustainable scientific community at U-M that is diverse, equitable and inclusive.

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