By Lillian Williams
The University of Michigan recently unveiled a $85 million five-year plan to make its campus more diverse, equitable and inclusive.
The plan comes after a year-long, grassroots planning process, and two key studies of the campus environment and its stakeholders.
Here are the plan’s three key goals:
- Create a more inclusive campus environment. To reach that goal, staff and others will be trained in cultural awareness and inclusiveness skills.
- Recruit, retain and develop a more diverse college community. The school plans to develop a pipeline of diverse undergraduate and graduate students, as well as improve its hiring and search processes.
- Support and encourage diversity in teaching and scholarship. The school will launch programs to recruit and financially support faculty who study diversity, equity, and inclusion issues.
In underscoring the plan’s importance, University of Michigan President Mark Schlissel said, “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.”
Read the entire Diversity, Equity & Inclusion strategic plan here.