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
Urban School Initiative
Native Student Initiative
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.
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.
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.