The University of Michigan is committed to working together to improve diversity, equity and inclusion on campus and to listening and learning from one another. On behalf of the university, Student Life (in its institutional role to serve all students) will facilitate student engagement efforts with units across campus during the plan’s implementation phase. This Student Engagement Initiative will ensure the university’s DEI Strategic Plan remains “a living document” that is responsive and relevant to the evolving needs of our students.
In alignment with U-M’s history and community values, we will continue to seek broad and diverse student engagement in all of our DEI initiatives, priorities and decisions. In addition to our current vehicles for student voice, we will develop additional infrastructure devoted to prioritizing student input in our DEI strategic efforts.
Newly created Undergraduate and Graduate/Professional Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Student Advisory Boards (DEISABs) will offer transparency and access to invite student engagement and encourage ongoing student feedback on the implementation and assessment of the U-M’s DEI Strategic Plan. At these meetings, institutional and unit DEI leads will seek broad student perspective and insight on their DEI initiatives.
The University of Michigan-Ann Arbor (the University) is dedicated to supporting and maintaining a scholarly community. As its central purpose, this community promotes intellectual inquiry through vigorous discourse. Values which undergird this purpose include civility, dignity, diversity, education, equality, freedom, honesty, and safety.
– The University of Michigan Statement of Student Rights and Responsibilities.
Student Engagement Initiative - Access, Transparency & Trust
- Develop an Undergraduate and Graduate/Professional DEI Student Advisory Board to enlist student perspectives on DEI plan implementation and assessment efforts.
a) Recruit and select representatives from all Schools/Colleges
b) Train and support the board.
c) Meet actively throughout the year
d) Host DEI Summit in Nov 2017
- Use existing infrastructure devoted to facilitating student voices in shaping the institution to ensure the DEI Plan is responsive, relevant and community-owned.
a) Support academic units in developing and training student advisory boards to facilitate student input
b) Provide access to existing student boards and groups for units serving campus-wide populations
c) Support DEI SAB/ODEI in engaging student input structures
- Advocate for necessary refinement and realignment during the implementation phase to ensure relevancy and responsiveness to student needs.
- Work with Public Affairs in developing guiding principles to inform campus communication practices in response to bias incidents and campus climate events.
Executive Lead: Royster Harper, Vice President for Student Life
Sponsor: Laura Blake Jones, DOS
Strategic Planning and Operations Lead: Student Life Outreach & Communications Staff (TBD) (Nichole Banks, Interim)
Strategic Lead Team with Action Teams (cross-unit)
Measures of Success
Core Student Learning Outcomes:
Data on student learning on the six core student learning outcomes from the DEI Undergraduate and Graduate/Professional Student Advisory Boards [Planned Indicators: Results of the standardized, 24-item pre/post test]
Number of DEI Undergraduate and Graduate/Professional Student Advisory Board Meetings [Planned Indicators: Number of meetings annually and per semester]
Data about data-informed plan improvements/adjustments [Planned Indicators: Number of DEI Student Advisory Board proposals for adjustments to unit DEI plans across campus]
Number of School/ College-Specific DEI Student Advisory Board Trainings [Planned Indicators: Number of trainings annually and per semester; Number of trainings per school/college]
Number of students participating in Student Advisory Boards [Planned Indicators: Duplicated student headcount; Unduplicated student headcount; Number of Student Organizations/Affiliations represented; Number of Schools/Colleges represented; Demographic profile of student participants]
Number of students participating in the DEI Summit [Planned Indicators: Student headcount; Profile of student participants]
Number of students participating in School/College-Specific DEI Student Advisory Board Trainings [Planned Indicators: Student headcount; Profile of student participants]
Data about DE&I Student Advisory Board members satisfaction [Planned Indicators: Quantitative and qualitative responses about board logistics, perceptions of board value and effectiveness]
Data about DE&I Summit participant satisfaction [Planned Indicators: Quantitative and qualitative responses about summit logistics, perceptions of summit value and effectiveness]
Data about School/ College-Specific DEI Student Advisory Board Trainings participant satisfaction [Planned Indicators: Quantitative and qualitative responses about training logistics, perceptions of training value and effectiveness]
Number of trained school/college student advisory boards [Planned Indicators: Number of student advisory boards; Distribution of student advisory boards across schools and colleges]
Finalized guiding principles document for Public Affairs