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Chief Diversity Officer’s Letter

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Throughout the University of Michigan’s initial five-year DEI strategic plan (DEI 1.0), we have made substantial progress as our community by identifying and addressing more than 2,700 action items in an effort to become a more diverse, equitable and inclusive University. 

These actions focused on improving access, representation and experiences among our faculty, students and staff. Although the first phase of our DEI plan has concluded (DEI 1.0), the work has not ceased as we continue to build toward our next DEI strategic plan (DEI 2.0).

This site is both reflective and forward-facing as it relates to our DEI efforts. This space serves as an informational tool, while also providing insight into the future of DEI at the University of Michigan.

The website echoes all of these efforts while serving as a gateway for news, information and resources that will benefit faculty, staff, students and the University of Michigan community.

The website includes a number of updates and new features, including:

  • Strategic Planning – serving as a blueprint for our DEI work, the strategic plan page includes resources and access to the 50 unit and central University plans.
  • Resources – with the University community in mind, the resources page has been organized to better equip students, faculty and staff with the information that matters to them most. Additionally, a direct gateway to the Office of Diversity Equity & Inclusion will provide our community with front-line support to DEI resources.
  • Data & Reports –  to promote transparency in our DEI work, the data and reports section of the website includes statistical overviews related to student, faculty and staff populations and major studies done by U-M schools, colleges and/or units – including the University-wide diversity census.

This digital space will continue to serve as one of several key components that contribute toward making a more inclusive, equitable and diverse campus community.

Your ideas, suggestions and feedback are valued and appreciated as we move forward, both in the development of this site, and DEI at the University of Michigan.


Tabbye Chavous

Vice Provost for Equity and Inclusion
Chief Diversity Officer