Cultivating a Diverse Campus

Learn about the most recent efforts and accomplishments of undergraduate admissions and the Wolverine Pathways program in encouraging diversity and success at U-M.

University Action Items

University action items focused on recruitment and retention are designed to bolster and extend the work of all units by introducing effective programs and procedures aimed at recruiting, retaining and supporting a diverse campus community.

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Faculty Leadership Development Fellowships

In Year Five, the Faculty Leadership Development Fellowship Program transitioned to the University of Utah. The University of Michigan, having led the development of the fellowship, is still a partner in this work.
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Urban School Initiative

In 2020–21, we continued our efforts toward building and sustaining intentional partnerships with community-based college access organizations and advocates.
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Native Student Initiative

Following participation in the 2020 Celebration of Traditional Lacrosse program, the Office of Enrollment Management (OEM) worked across campus with Rackham and the Office of the Provost to prepare for a joint virtual event with Northwestern University and Brown University focused on Native and Indigenous students.
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Campus Spotlights

Our campus spotlights share stories of progress in recruitment and retention efforts from among the 50 unit DEI Strategic Plans.

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Center for the Education of Women+

Defining the New Normal: Shaping A Post-COVID, Anti-Racist Workplace

In March, the Women of Color Task Force (WCTF) hosted its 39th annual career conference virtually. All U-M staff, faculty and students, as well as the general public, were invited to this inclusive professional development event, which drew more than 1,100 attendees. The opening program keynote by Corie Pauling, Senior Vice President and Chief Inclusion and Diversity Officer for TIAA and U-M alum, focused on strategies for creating inclusive anti-racist workspaces. This was followed by a nationally renowned panel of health care experts—all of whom were women of color—responding to questions about the COVID-19 vaccine. The closing keynote program featured a legislative panel comprising U.S. state representatives: the Honorable Rashida Tlaib, MI-13, and the Honorable Lisa Howze, former state representative and Davenport University Vice President for Strategic Partnerships. Founded in 1979, WCTF provides professional development, networking and training opportunities for U-M employees, focusing on the specific needs of women of color staff. There are currently 100+ U-M staff members representing all three campuses on the U-M Women of Color Task Force.

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Officer Education Programs

Recruiting More Diverse Candidates Across the Metro Detroit Area

The Officer Education Program’s (OEP) primary goal in Year Five was to expand the diversity of its talent pool by focusing on campus recruitment and utilizing the full potential of cadet peer groups. The virtual environment necessitated by COVID-19 provided new opportunities to leverage our participation in recruitment efforts across the various campuses supported by OEP programs. By deploying our cadets and working with their respective student organizations to schedule recruiting and information sessions, OEP was able to reach a highly diverse pool of candidates across the greater Metro Detroit area and its respective universities.

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Center for Educational Outreach

Development of Technology Infrastructure

In Year Five, amidst the global pandemic, the Center for Educational Outreach (CEO) partnered with the Center for Academic Innovation (CAI), ITS, Children on Campus and the University Outreach Council. The goal was to sustain outreach efforts by CEO and University Outreach Council members in support of underserved K-12 students and educators in the state. CEO also increased its technical infrastructure to bolster virtual and hybrid initiatives by designing and creating sustainable virtual and digital companions. These included the launch of three CEO pilot programs (Ecoach, Gradecraft and Virtual Wolverine Express) in conjunction with CAI to increase impact statewide. In the year ahead, plans call for expanding the Explore Canvas Catalog and providing continued support for any new requirements of the Children on Campus policy.