We envision a University of Michigan that puts inclusive excellence at the center of its educational mission. We strive for a healthy campus climate where students, throughout their time at U-M, are internationally engaged in ways that prepare them to be successful in a global society.
Upon graduating, students should have developed the capacities to:
- Recognize how experiences, values and perspectives are influenced by identity
- Understand the impact of culture and identity on the individual, a community and society
- Acquire the tools and confidence to build inclusive and diverse communities
- Co-create open and inclusive communities by promoting respect and dignity of others
Student Life’s intentional and robust co-curricular and curricular educational experiences serve undergraduate, graduate and professional students and provide spaces for applied learning and practice. Through a lens of inclusive excellence, we strive to instill skills and qualities in students and our staff team that build a more diverse, equitable and inclusive community and provide a foundation for ongoing intercultural learning.
Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI)
Diversity: We commit to increasing diversity, which is expressed in myriad forms, including race and ethnicity, gender and gender identity, sexual orientation, socio-economic status, language, culture, national origin, religious commitments, age, (dis)ability status, and political perspective.
Equity: We commit to working actively to challenge and respond to bias, harassment, and discrimination. We commit to a policy of equal opportunity for all persons and do not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, age, marital status, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, disability, religion, height, weight, or veteran status.
Inclusion: We commit to pursuing deliberate efforts to ensure that our campus is a place where differences are welcomed, different perspectives are respectfully heard and where every individual feels a sense of belonging and inclusion. We know that by building a critical mass of diverse groups on campus and creating a vibrant climate of inclusiveness, we can more effectively leverage the resources of diversity to advance our collective capabilities.
Student Life’s contributions to University of Michigan’s diversity, equity and inclusion strategic efforts are vast and multifaceted. Our sphere of influence is both:
- Campus-wide, through our institutional role with campus partners to serve all students
- Internal to Student Life, through our role as an organizational employer, for staff and student employees
Honoring both of Student Life’s spheres of influence, we developed individual objectives and action plans for our Institutional (Student) and our Organizational (Staff) roles.