U-M unveils five-year strategic plan for diversity, equity and inclusion

October 7, 2016  //  FOUND IN: Strategy & Leadership

Following a yearlong, grassroots planning effort, U-M on Thursday unveiled its strategic blueprint for making the university community more diverse, equitable and inclusive.

The five-year strategic plan for diversity, equity and inclusion was outlined during a program hosted by Rob Sellers, vice provost for diversity, equity and academic affairs at the Power Center for the Performing Arts.

The day before, President Mark Schlissel announced he would recommend Sellers to be the university’s first chief diversity officer, a critical leadership role for implementing the ambitious initiatives in the plan.

“The future of our great university will be determined by how well we embrace the values of diversity, equity and inclusion. To live up to our full potential as a university, everyone must have the opportunity to contribute and to benefit, and our community can be complete only when all members feel welcome,” Schlissel said.

“Our dedication to academic excellence for the public good is inseparable from our commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion. We cannot be excellent without being diverse in the broadest sense of that word.”

The 43-page plan represents the shared overarching themes and strategies present across 49 individual plans created by the university’s 19 schools and colleges, Student Life, Athletics, UMHS and other administrative units.

The university has committed $85 million in new resources over the next five years to implement the initiatives in the plans that fall into three overarching strategies:

  • Creating an inclusive and equitable campus.
  • Recruiting, retaining and developing a diverse university community.
  • Supporting innovation and inclusive scholarship and teaching.

The university is committed to transparency and accountability at all levels under the plans with a responsible office or person identified for each action and metrics on demographic and climate trends that will be tracked over time and publicly reported.

If you would like to read the entire diversity, equity and inclusion plan, please click here. And join the community throughout October at a series of events at schools, colleges and units across campus.