Strategic Plan

A five-year strategic plan for creating a vibrant, diverse and inclusive campus in which every individual has the opportunity to be heard, to contribute and to excel.

October 5, 2016, marks the introduction of the University of Michigan’s Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Strategic Plan—a collective vision for change created through a campuswide, grassroots process. With its implementation, we continue to build on our heritage of diversity, equity and inclusion, with the understanding that we can make our greatest contribution to knowledge by building an environment in which all our community members can flourish.

See the complete schedule of October 6 DE&I events
See morning session with President Schlissel and Chief Diversity Officer Rob Sellers
Watch video of DE&I keynote address by speaker Steve Robbins

About the Plan

This strategic plan is the result of a multi-phase process initiated by President Mark Schlissel more than a year ago. It is based on the conviction that excellence is not possible without diversity in the broadest sense of the word.

The Campuswide Strategic Plan serves an umbrella over 49 unit plans—from all 19 schools and colleges, administrative units, student life, athletics and the health system—developed under the guidance of scores of local planning leads. It also capitalizes on the energy generated at a 10-day Diversity Summit held in November of 2015, and reflects the insights gleaned from 12 months of continuing feedback from thousands of students, faculty and staff.

It’s important to note that the Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Strategic Plan is not an end point but an evolving process that will be monitored, evaluated and refined on an ongoing basis. The university plan, in combination with the 49 unit plans, includes Many Voices, and it represents the vision for Our Michigan.

View the Executive Summary of the plan.

Introducing the U-M Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Strategic Plan

U-M’s Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Strategic Plan “Many Voices, Our Michigan” was introduced to the entire university community on Oct. 6, 2016 through a day of special events and discussions.



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