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Chief Diversity Officer’s Letter

Robert M. Sellers, Vice Provost for Equity and Inclusion, Chief Diversity OfficerOn October 6, 2016 – following a year-long planning process, the University of Michigan launched its five-year strategic plan for diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI). This announcement signified our renewed pledge for developing a diverse university community while creating an inclusive and equitable campus climate.

We have and continue to hear from many voices during this process. Both the contributions of groups and individuals have been essential in helping guide the DEI process towards creative and successful outcomes.

With these efforts in full force, it is with great pleasure that I welcome you to the new website for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion at the University of Michigan.

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 updated 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 reorganized 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, college and/or units – including the University-wide diversity census.

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

Together in this process we are capable of remarkable change.  Your ideas, suggestions and feedback are exceptionally valuable as we move forward, both in the development of this site, and DEI at the University of Michigan.


Robert M. Sellers
Vice Provost for Equity and Inclusion
Chief Diversity Officer