The university will provide professional development experiences in DEI-related issues for new deans and executive leaders both as part of their onboarding process and as continued leadership support. Training will be offered centrally as a supplement to professional development resources provided by the Office of the Provost. Topics will include recruitment and retention issues specific to diversity, equity and inclusion, as well as skill development for fostering an inclusive climate.

Year Four Progress

Due to transitions within the Office of the Provost, as well as priorities dictated by the COVID-19 pandemic, planned activities for the 2019-2020 academic year were delayed. Future sessions for executive officers and deans will build on the two previous DEI skill building retreats planned and executed in partnership with the Department of Organizational Learning. Sessions will be designed to achieve the four established goals for this work: 1) deepen alignment and commitment to advance DEI objectives, with an emphasis on culture/climate change; 2) foster and enhance collaborations and connections across U-M senior leadership; 3) strengthen individual and team capacities in DEI leadership; and 4) solicit input in the creation of a roadmap for senior leadership development in DEI.

Responsibility: Office of Diversity, Equity & Inclusion