Cultivating a Diverse Campus
Learn about the most recent efforts and accomplishments of undergraduate admissions and the Wolverine Pathways program in encouraging diversity and success at U-M.
University Action Items
University action items focused on recruitment and retention are designed to bolster and extend the work of all units by introducing effective programs and procedures aimed at recruiting, retaining and supporting a diverse campus community.
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First-Generation Student Support
Staff Recruitment Practices Initiative
Our campus spotlights share stories of progress in recruitment and retention efforts from among the 50 unit DEI Strategic Plans.
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Michigan Medicine Virtual Programming for Pipeline and Strategy
In an effort to diversify the health care workforce, Michigan Medicine established a portfolio of pipeline programs ranging from precollege to post-baccalaureate. In light of COVID-19 constraints and the disproportionate impact on marginalized communities, the Office for Health Equity and Inclusion (OHEI) delivered pipeline programs virtually in the summer of 2020 within a national landscape where numerous summer pipeline programs were cancelled. To assess the impact of virtual formats on learner growth and development in areas critical to health care professions, we conducted a comparative analysis of our standard program evaluation data. Measures surveyed included service orientation, college readiness, comfort with diversity, cultural awareness, leadership, empathy, resilience and growth. Preliminary findings indicate that a virtual pipeline program format could be leveraged to reach more learners in communities underrepresented in medicine while remaining within budgetary constraints. This is a promising first step in understanding how to hybridize pipeline programs in a way that maximizes efforts to diversify the next generation of health care professionals.
Center for Educational Outreach
Development of Technology Infrastructure
In Year Five, amidst the global pandemic, the Center for Educational Outreach (CEO) partnered with the Center for Academic Innovation (CAI), ITS, Children on Campus and the University Outreach Council. The goal was to sustain outreach efforts by CEO and University Outreach Council members in support of underserved K-12 students and educators in the state. CEO also increased its technical infrastructure to bolster virtual and hybrid initiatives by designing and creating sustainable virtual and digital companions. These included the launch of three CEO pilot programs (Ecoach, Gradecraft and Virtual Wolverine Express) in conjunction with CAI to increase impact statewide. In the year ahead, plans call for expanding the Explore Canvas Catalog and providing continued support for any new requirements of the Children on Campus policy.
Officer Education Programs
Recruiting More Diverse Candidates Across the Metro Detroit Area
The Officer Education Program’s (OEP) primary goal in Year Five was to expand the diversity of its talent pool by focusing on campus recruitment and utilizing the full potential of cadet peer groups. The virtual environment necessitated by COVID-19 provided new opportunities to leverage our participation in recruitment efforts across the various campuses supported by OEP programs. By deploying our cadets and working with their respective student organizations to schedule recruiting and information sessions, OEP was able to reach a highly diverse pool of candidates across the greater Metro Detroit area and its respective universities.