One of the most essential skills that students can develop in life is to openly and honestly engage with differing worldviews, and the university supports this development in a variety of ways.
Students are a large part of the university-wide initiative for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, with the recognition that “diversity is key to individual flourishing, educational excellence and the advancement of knowledge.” A plan for students will be implemented over the next five years.
A new media campaign helps to set expectations for a respectful environment on campus, reaffirm community values and help students develop skills. In addition, the campaign can help to counter offensive messages. And even though the campaign was designed for the U-M community as part of Expect Respect, the messages have universal appeal.
For example, one campaign message says, “Listen More, Judge Less: Even though encountering conflicting ideas and opinions is an essential feature of an academic community, it can be difficult. At U-M, we are at our best when our discussions are inclusive and welcoming to differing viewpoints. It challenges our way of thinking and helps us grow.”
In addition, your student can participate in a wide variety of co-curricular learning opportunities through Student Life:
- Common Ground teaches students how to engage in dialogue with one another.
- Multi-Ethnic Student Affairs builds inclusive spaces and equitable opportunities for all students.
- Trotter Multicultural Center helps build an environment in which all students can develop a better understanding and appreciation for the multicultural diversity at U-M.
- Ginsberg Center cultivates partnerships between communities and U-M in order to advance social change.
The university also supports students if they experience conflict, feel unsafe or targeted because of their identity, or if they had a challenging experience otherwise, through the following resources.
- The Dean of Students Office provides Student Support and Critical Incidents Response, including assistance in navigating campus life, options for problem solving, and connection to available resources. Students can also report bias incidents to the Bias Response Team.
- The Office of Conflict Resolution helps students to resolve conflicts with an approach that is educationally focused, student-driven, community-owned and restorative in nature.
- At the Office of the Ombuds, students can discuss questions, complaints and concerns about the functioning of the university.
- Counseling and Psychological Services offers individual counseling, workshops, groups and help in Navigating a Complex World.
- Police on campus or in the community will respond, document, and investigate incidents such as hate crimes.
Learning to engage in inclusive and respectful dialogue can help prepare our students to be global citizens, ready to be “the Leaders and the Best.”
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