Advancing Inclusion and Equity from Instruction to Research

From training on fostering inclusion in remote learning and advancing anti-racist curricula, to recognition and support of faculty leading DEI-focused research, we continue to build towards lasting change.

University Action Items

University action items focused on scholarship and teaching integrate DEI issues into curricula and scholarship, influence how curricula is delivered, and shape how scholarship is evaluated in relation to diversity, equity and inclusion.

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Inclusive Teaching Professional Development Programs

During Year Five, CRLT pursued its mission through a growing roster of campuswide and unit-level programs despite pandemic-related constraints, which precluded all in-person workshops for the entire academic year.
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Consideration of DEI Contributions in Promotion and Tenure Review

The DEI-focused subcommittee of the Academic Programs Group (APG) has taken on this item for the past two years, culminating in a general recommendation that the university “adjust promotion criteria for faculty and staff with the goal of recognizing the ‘invisible DEI work’ that frequently goes unrecognized and which over time can decrease commitment to DEI.”
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Diversity Scholars Network

In Year Five, NCID continued to engage its University of Michigan Diversity Scholars Network (DSN) members in a number of innovative and meaningful ways, despite the many adjustments and restrictions brought about by the COVID-19 pandemic.
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Campus Spotlights

Our campus spotlights share stories of progress in scholarship and teaching efforts from among the 50 unit DEI Strategic Plans.

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School of Social Work

Centering Justice Training Modules

In order to assure that social justice and anti-racism are focal points of its entire curriculum, SSW developed online, self-paced modules to help faculty explore Privilege, Oppression, Diversity and Social Justice (P.O.D.S.). These modules help to identify how to act to center justice in our society and classrooms. The Centering Justice modules consist of five lessons including: Centering Justice; Diversity and Positionalities; Privilege, Oppression and Intersectionality; Social Justice; and Act to Center Justice. Relevant aspects of Centering Justice were also included in the SW 590 course, Introduction to Social Work Practice, which is required for all incoming MSW students. In addition, the modules built on the principles presented in the SSW’s Undoing Racism workshop during student orientation. Together, these efforts provided our community with a common framework and shared language relating to privilege, oppression, diversity, social justice and anti-racism.

Ayana Evans performing on Elbel Field and being recorded by camera

Stamps School of Art & Design

Stamps School Hosts Visiting Performing Artist

In keeping with its goal of connecting students with artists and designers from across the globe, the Penny W. Stamps School of Art & Design at the University of Michigan invited NYC-based performance artist Ayana Evans to be a Roman J. Witt Visiting Artist during the Fall 2020 semester. Internationally known for guerilla-style street performances that explore the body, race relations and gender bias, Evans has performed internationally at New York’s El Museo Del Barrio,the Barnes Foundation, arts festivals in Great Britain and Ghana and more. The visit was organized by Stamps professor Rebekah Modrak, who brought together cheerleaders from the U-M Cheer team, vocalists and actors from the U-M School of Music, Theatre & Dance and professional artists based in Detroit to bring Evans’ new performance to life on U-M’s Elbel Field. Stamps students in Modrak’s “Dressing Up and Down” course created costumes for the performance. With Evan directing remotely from NYC, the group created a video performance entitled You Better Be Good to Me.

“While there was planning done for the performance, there were also many decisions that had to be made on the day of filming, and I was really grateful that she put so much trust in us to deliver her message,” said Stamps senior Shannon Yeung (BFA ’21) of the collaboration with Evans.

The performance, which was supported by the U-M Arts Initiative, was featured at the 2021 U-M Reverend Martin Luther King Junior Symposium and can be viewed on vimeo and as part of Evans’ Penny Stamps Speaker Series talk.

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Bentley Historical Library

Sharing African American Student History at U-M

The Library’s recent project to discover, document and digitally share findings on the history of African American students at the University of Michigan proved to be extremely productive, despite pandemic-related limitations that prevented the Bentley team from conducting onsite research for several months. The now-completed project reveals valuable—and fascinating—information and insights on the collective identity of African American students at the University of Michigan over time. A website is currently under development and will be made available to the public in fall 2021.