At the University of Michigan, our values include a deep and ongoing commitment to creating and sustaining a community where the diversity of human experiences, perspectives and backgrounds are respected and celebrated; where campus members can feel a sense of belonging and empowerment to participate in our community; and where all have equitable opportunities for growth, success and thriving.

As an institution, we know – from a now large body of research and scholarship, and from our own history and experiences – that diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI) are essential conditions for achieving the highest levels of academic excellence. These conditions also better enable our students, alums, faculty, and staff to use their world-class education, training and the knowledge and innovations we produce to make critical impacts and contributions to our society.

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Throughout its over 200-year history, U-M has taken significant steps to advance the principles of DEI in our learning, working and living environments, as well as in how we work with communities and partners – at local, national, and international levels. These steps reflect the knowledge, activism, strategy and persistence of our community – our students, faculty, and staff – who have both pushed and collaborated with university leadership.

With pride, we can point to progress made in diversifying our campus communities, challenging biases, dismantling systemic barriers to access and success, and cultivating a more inclusive climate and culture. At the same time, our history and journey as a university has included missteps, stumbling blocks and lessons learned – that we must acknowledge, examine and use as opportunities for growth.

At the University of Michigan, we aspire to be the leaders and best in all we do. This means engaging in values-driven and evidence-informed efforts to create and sustain a truly diverse, equitable, and inclusive campus community.

As you navigate this website, you’ll discover many ways the University of Michigan demonstrates its commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion. Whether you’re a prospective student, a current member of our campus community, an alumni, or a visitor interested in what’s happening on our campus, we invite you to explore the examples of activities, initiatives, perspectives and stories reflecting our ongoing journey toward a more diverse, equitable and just world.

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Messages From Leadership

Learn about the commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion from leadership at the University of Michigan.

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Defining DEI

Our mission as an educational institution is to promote diversity for individual flourishment, educational excellence and knowledge advancement.

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Throughout its 200-year history, diversity, equity and inclusion has been intertwined in the fabric of the University of Michigan.

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Office of Diversity, Equity & Inclusion (ODEI)

ODEI leads and supports university-wide initiatives focused on the recruitment of a diverse faculty, staff and student body, while fostering an inclusive and equitable community at the University of Michigan.

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Honors & Awards

Learn about DEI-related honors and awards at the University of Michigan.

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