“A really positive thing for me to be a part of was to be in the same space as people who are working towards similar goals as I am.”

— Cristina Guytingco, Undergraduate Student
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Our Journey to Acclelerate DEI Progress at U-M

  • 2015

    DEI Initiative Announced

    President Mark Schlissel announces diversity, equity and inclusion acrosss U-M as one of his key priorities and that a Five-Year Strategic Plan will be developed to evaluate and advance it.

  • 2016

    Year One

    Campus units roll out and begin implementing nearly 2,000 action items outlined in unit DEI plans—along with the initial 34 campuswide central action items—formed to address the goals outlined in the university’s Five-Year Strategic Plan. A central office for DEI is established and DEI operational funding is included in the university’s annual budget process, and U-M’s first campus climate survey is conducted.

  • 2017

    Year Two

    DEI continues to be embedded in the structures and processes of the university including faculty and staff recruitment, student recruitment and student success, professional development for executive leaders, and annual faculty and staff evaluation.

  • 2018

    Year Three

    The focus was on implementation: doing the daily work of creating long-term change throughout the university. Leadership began putting systems in place for early evaluation of DEI-related programs at both the central campus and unit levels.

  • 2019

    Year Four

    Progress continued to grow for programs focused on college access, affordability and student success and 98% of faculty and staff completed a gender-based and sexual misconduct awareness module. As the pandemic unfolded, DEI efforts shifted to remote formats and DEI was a focus in the campus response to COVID-19. National unrest over police brutality and systemic racism deepened our commitment to achieving our DEI goals.

  • 2020

    Year Five

    We continue to build on the foundation of efforts and progress, while refocusing our commitment to anti-racism and prioritizing health and safety and the disparate impact of COVID-19.

  • 2021

    And Beyond

    Our DEI efforts will continue long after the current 5-year DEI Strategic Plan concludes. We will engage in assessment and evaluation to adapt and adjust our efforts while maintaining momentum of ongoing work to progress further towards our ideals and goals.