Student Life - Research

October 2017 -- With the University of Michigan in its second year of implementing its Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Plan, understanding our students’ self-perceptions, beliefs, and values related to key diversity and inclusion issues is essential. Examining areas such as the extent to which U-M students value promoting racial understanding or their perceived abilities to work with diverse people give us insight into how we can support all of our students and strive for inclusive excellence.

Our latest infographic, “Who Goes Blue?: Class of 2020 Perspectives on Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion” explores our sophomores’ perceptions and beliefs on topics related to diversity and inclusion as reported in last year’s CIRP. We hope this information helps guide your work with students as we continue to implement our DE&I plan.


UM Students' Perceptions of their Abilities

  • 55% view their ability to work cooperatively with diverse people as a major strength
  • 33% view their ability to see from someone else's perspective as a major strength
  • 35% view their ability to discuss and negotiate controversial issues as a major strength

UM Students' Beliefs

  • 14% believe it is essential to help promote racial understanding
  • 24% believe it is essential to improve their understanding of other countries and cultures
  • 8% believe it is essential to participate in a community action program

Percentage of UM Students Who Feel it is "Essential" to Help Promote Racial Understanding

  • Black: 35%
  • Other: 26%
  • Hispanic: 22%
  • Asian: 17%
  • Two or More: 17%
  • White: 10%

Percentage of UM Students Who Feel it is "Essential" to Improve their Understanding of Other Countries and Cultures

  • Black: 32%
  • Other: 14%
  • Hispanic: 29%
  • Asian: 27%
  • Two or More: 26%
  • White: 21%

Data from the 2016 CIRP Freshman Survey results. CIRP is administered by Office of the Vice President for Student Life and is an instrument of UCLA's Higher Education Research Institute.

More CIRP results can be found in the CIRP FactBook on the Student Life Research website.