Inclusive Teaching Initiative – Center for Research on Learning and Teaching (CRLT)
Go Blue Guarantee
Trotter Multicultural Center
LSA Collegiate Fellows Program
Faculty Leadership Development Fellowships
Sexual Misconduct Awareness
Department of Organizational Learning (DOL)
Wolverine Pathways is an innovative pipeline program focused on college readiness for middle and high school students in the Ypsilanti, Southfield and Detroit school districts. Scholars who complete the program, apply to the U-M and are admitted receive a full scholarship and are often eligible for additional financial aid.
In 2018-2019, this innovative pipeline program enrolled 654 middle and high school students. The program also graduated its second class of 89 scholars, all of whom were admitted to selective colleges nationwide. In total, 46 scholars were admitted to the Ann Arbor campus and 32 to the UM-Dearborn campus.
In Year Three, the center made DEI an ongoing focus of its Teaching Academy programs for faculty in 10 schools and colleges, and offered 35 customized workshops and retreats. CRLT also presented 17 all-campus, DEI-focused pedagogy workshops; hosted the fourth annual Inclusive Teaching @ Michigan series for faculty and graduate student assistants (GSIs) from the Ann Arbor and Dearborn campuses; conducted a yearlong professional development program for lecturers; and presented plenary sessions for 1,413 GSIs and undergraduate instructional aides.
Launched in 2018, this program makes college affordable for Michigan families with annual incomes of $65,000 or less and assets below $50,000 by providing financial aid packages totaling, at a minimum, the cost of tuition and mandatory university fees. During Winter 2018, 1,687 current students were identified as being eligible for the Go Blue Guarantee and, collectively, received over $11 million in institutional support for that term. In Fall 2018, the first full term of the guarantee, 95 percent of eligible in-state undergraduates received institutional aid, and 85 percent paid no tuition.
In April of 2019, more than 1,500 members of the U-M community celebrated the grand opening of the new Trotter Multicultural Center. TMC also onboarded a new director and associate director. In partnership with other campus units, the Center evaluated student leadership programming and, based on student feedback, will be launching an array of pilot programs for the 2019-2020 academic year.
SuccessConnects is a holistic support program designed to enhance students' academic, social, cultural and personal development. While open to all students, the program offers coaching, peer mentoring, workshops and resources to support the success of first generation students, underrepresented minorities and scholarship recipients in particular.
A five-year initiative launched in 2016, this major program aims to recruit and retain 50 exceptional early-career scholars in all liberal arts fields who have demonstrated a sustained commitment to building an inclusive and diverse intellectual community. In Year Three, the program welcomed eight new scholars, and in Fall 2019, members of the first and second cohort began to move into tenure-track positions. During the past three years, the program has recruited 24 fellows across all three LSA divisions.
The First Generation Gateway office collaborated with units across campus to grow its co-curricular programming, expand its reach and enhance student awareness of resources. New events launched in Year Three include a resource fair, First Generation Week and a symposium for faculty and staff, highlighting best practices for supporting first-generation students. The Gateway is now a designated member of the National Association of Student Personnel Administrators (NASPA), with U-M recognized as a leading university in the support of first-generation students.
In 2018-2019, the program conducted a project funded by the W.K. Kellogg Foundation and focused on leadership development models aimed at preparing future leaders from underrepresented backgrounds for roles in U.S. colleges and universities. The 2019 program cycle included eight U-M fellows who participated in the New Leadership Academy program. This brings to 24 the total number of program participants, including faculty and senior staff from a broad range of academic and administrative units.
The university introduced a mandatory online training module, Cultivating a Culture of Respect: Sexual Harassment and Misconduct Awareness. Incoming students continue to participate in required training on sexual misconduct awareness and prevention and, as of September 12, the online training was completed by 25,945 faculty and staff across the U-M’s three campuses. The goal is 100 percent participation for both faculty and staff. A new website on sexual misconduct reporting and resources features information on sources of support, reporting procedures and a link to the module. In addition, all units are now including sexual misconduct awareness efforts in their revised DEI strategic plans for 2019-2020.
The Office of Organizational Learning continued using its new DEI Lifelong Learning Model to design educational resources for stakeholder groups and diversity committees across campus and in Michigan Medicine. This included adding instructor-led courses and videos, and delivering a leadership course on recruitment and hiring practices. Since 2016, DOL and Michigan Medicine have, together, offered 899 classroom courses and served 23,652 participants.