DEI Summit speaks to nurturing the heart, mind and soul

October 13, 2022  //  FOUND IN: Strategy & Leadership

Members of the U-M community gathered in person for the first time in three years to hear messages behind the theme “DEI: Nurturing the Heart, Mind, & Soul” at the sixth annual DEI Summit.

The diversity, equity and inclusion community assembly and discussion took place Oct. 12 in front of a large crowd at the Power Center for the Performing Arts and was also livestreamed to a virtual audience.

The summit, which marked the end of the university’s five-year DEI 1.0 strategic planning period and evaluation process and the start of the transition into DEI 2.0, brought in three featured guest speakers to address each of the summit theme’s three pieces.

President Mary Sue Coleman joined the assembly virtually to share her thoughts about DEI’s mission on campus.

“Our commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion is absolutely essential to this university’s excellence,” said Coleman, who emphasized that DEI work is of the highest priority for Santa J. Ono, who becomes U-M’s 15th president on Oct. 14. “It’s one of the values that I have most appreciated in returning to lead the university. It cannot be said enough: The more diverse we are, the stronger our academic excellence.”

Click here for a full recap of the important event.