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 (see Appendix K), 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.
- Use existing infrastructure devoted to facilitating student voices in shaping the institution to ensure the DEI Plan is responsive, relevant and community-owned.
- Advocate for necessary refinement and realignment during the implementation phase to ensure relevancy and responsiveness to student needs.
Executive Lead: Royster Harper, VPSL
Sponsor: Laura Blake Jones, DOS
Chair: Amir Baghdadchi, Director of Communications
Strategic Lead Team with Action Teams (cross-unit)
Measures of Success:
- Broad and diverse student perspectives influence iterative and relevant “living plan” and effective implementation & assessment efforts