Advancing Inclusion and Equity from Instruction to Research

From training on fostering inclusion in remote learning and advancing anti-racist curricula, to recognition and support of faculty leading DEI-focused research, we continue to build towards lasting change.

University Action Items

University action items focused on scholarship and teaching integrate DEI issues into curricula and scholarship, influence how curricula is delivered, and shape how scholarship is evaluated in relation to diversity, equity and inclusion.

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James S. Jackson Distinguished Career Award for Diversity Scholarship

The James S. Jackson Distinguished Career Award for Diversity Scholarship is bestowed biennially on faculty members who have made significant contributions to understanding diversity and addressing disparities in contemporary society.
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Diversity Scholars Network

In Year Five, NCID continued to engage its University of Michigan Diversity Scholars Network (DSN) members in a number of innovative and meaningful ways, despite the many adjustments and restrictions brought about by the COVID-19 pandemic.
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Inclusive Teaching Professional Development Programs

During Year Five, CRLT pursued its mission through a growing roster of campuswide and unit-level programs despite pandemic-related constraints, which precluded all in-person workshops for the entire academic year.
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Campus Spotlights

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

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Taubman College of Architecture & Urban Planning

Design Justice Actions + Syllabi Equity Review

The Taubman College Student Group Coalition, composed of students and multiple student organizations, partnered with alumni to spearhead the Design Justice Actions Letter. One of Taubman’s largest student-led DEI activities to date, this initiative called on leadership, faculty, staff and students to dismantle the racist structures embedded within our institution. In response, college leadership and the DEI team developed a framework to accelerate progress and add new approaches to the current DEI plan. To date, all 12 actions are either completed or in progress. Most notable is the syllabus equity review led by a working group of architecture students and faculty. In all,15 working groups held 30 working group sessions with architecture faculty and students to review all core—and many non-core—courses for the Fall and Winter semesters. In urban planning, the department chair met with students multiple times to determine how best to partner with faculty in a syllabi equity review effort.

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Ford School of Public Policy

Kohn Collaborative for Social Policy

With a transformational set of gifts totaling $17 million from Harold and Carol Kohn and the Kohn Charitable Trust, the Ford School will establish the Kohn Collaborative for Social Policy, a resource hub to catalyze innovative, interdisciplinary research on policy that promotes social equity and inclusion for all U.S. residents. A total of five new professorships will form the core of the Collaborative. The Hermann and Amalie Kohn Professorship in Social Policy and Social Justice is currently held by Luke Shaefer, a nationally recognized expert on anti-poverty policy and director of the University of Michigan’s Poverty Solutions. The Harold Kohn Professorship will support economic research that furthers social equity and inclusion. The Carol Kakalec Kohn Professorship will advance social equity through U.S. education policy. The Karl and Martha Kohn Professorship of Social Policy will advance societal equity and inclusion. The Arlene Susan Kohn Professorship of Social Policy will address the rights of the disabled. The Kohn Collaborative will also fund two Rackham Master’s Awards at the Ford School, and provide core funding for collaborative research and policy engagement.

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Office of VP Research OVPR

Anti-Racism Grants Program

This $900,000 OVPR Anti-Racism Grants program was created to catalyze innovative research and scholarship that advances knowledge around complex societal racial inequalities and can inform actions to achieve equity and justice. Developed in partnership with the Provost’s Anti-Racism Initiative and the Anti-Racism Collaborative supported through the National Center for Institutional Diversity, the grant program is intended to support rigorous, intellectually ambitious and technically sound research relevant to society’s most pressing questions and compelling opportunities in relation to racial equity and justice. Another goal is to make primary investigator teams competitive for future external funding at the federal, foundation and industry level. The program welcomed submissions from diverse research/scholarship teams without regard to discipline/field, race/ethnicity, gender or faculty status. In all, there were 41 proposals from across campus, demonstrating our faculty’s capacity to address critical issues ranging from technology and police surveillance among Black communities to anti-Asian xenophobia and activism during the COVID-19 pandemic.