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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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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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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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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College of Literature, Science and the Arts, School of Education, School of Information, Ross School of Business

Anti-Racism Initiatives in Curriculum and Scholarship

Multiple units on campus engaged in notable efforts to advance anti-racism across curricular and research domains. In the wake of George Floyd’s murder, the College of Literature, Science, and the Arts hosted a public conversation to reflect on the resulting trauma and activism. Ultimately, this led to the launch of Community Conversations, focused on the work of Bryan Stevenson and the Equal Justice Initiative. Many departments across LSA, including 22 units in Undergraduate Education, hosted reading groups throughout the academic year. Undergraduate Education also created an anti-racism faculty development series for Fall 2021. In addition, the College launched an Anti-Racism Task Force composed of faculty, staff and students with deep expertise in anti-racism work which surfaced a list of far-reaching recommendations for curriculum design, hiring/promotion/supervisory practices and admissions. Finally, LSA implemented policy changes that are more transfer-friendly and support student success. The School of Education continued its Anti-Racism Colloquia series in which students and faculty collaborate to present research related to pressing DEI issues in education and to support research and teaching centered on educational justice. In addition, SOE created Anti-Racist Mini-Grants for students seeking to work on education research and scholarship that advances capacity to create an anti-racist environment. Direct grants to students totaled $10,000. The School of Information expanded the mandate and membership of its DEI Committee to focus on creating an anti-racist curriculum and developing anti-racist approaches across the school. This followed engagement with student and alumni members of Black@SI, who met with School leadership over the summer to set an agenda for action on anti-racism. Key accomplishments of the past year included a set of anti-racist course design guidelines for instructors, a Race and Technology reading list, a series of workshops on anti-racist instruction and facilitated focus groups exploring issues impacting Black students at UMSI. The Ross School of Business formed its DEI Curriculum Task Force in Fall 2020 to develop and facilitate implementation of proposals designed to enhance diversity, equity and inclusion in the Ross curriculum for both undergraduate and graduate programs. Task Force membership comprised faculty, staff and students—both undergraduate and graduate–who formed subgroups to work on specific domains. These groups reviewed current course offerings and instructional practices and met with other faculty and students throughout AY 2020–21 in order to develop recommendations for metrics, courses and course materials, inclusive teaching practices and co-curricular activities.

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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.

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Taubman College of Architecture & Urban Planning

Design Justice Actions + Syllabi Equity Review

The Taubman College Student Group Coalition, composed of students and multiple student organizations, partnered with alumni to spearhead the Design Justice Actions Letter. One of Taubman’s largest student-led DEI activities to date, this initiative called on leadership, faculty, staff and students to dismantle the racist structures embedded within our institution. In response, college leadership and the DEI team developed a framework to accelerate progress and add new approaches to the current DEI plan. To date, all 12 actions are either completed or in progress. Most notable is the syllabus equity review led by a working group of architecture students and faculty. In all,15 working groups held 30 working group sessions with architecture faculty and students to review all core—and many non-core—courses for the Fall and Winter semesters. In urban planning, the department chair met with students multiple times to determine how best to partner with faculty in a syllabi equity review effort.