Following the launch of the five year DEI Strategic Plan in 2016, the University began hosting the DEI Summit each year as an opportunity to provide both updated information and transparency in this process.
The month-long DEI Summit occurs during the fall semester of the academic year, and includes a campuswide community assembly event the highlights segments of the annual DEI report, keynote speaker, and numerous school, college and unit events across campus.
Van Jones is President & Founder of the nonprofit, Dream Corps — a justice incubator that houses the following initiatives: #cut50, #YesWeCode, #GreenForAll, and #LoveArmy. All with the overarching goal to create innovative solutions that “close prison doors and open doors of opportunity.” Van has also led a number of other social and environmental justice enterprises, including The Ella Baker Center for Human Rights and Color of Change.
A Yale-educated attorney, Van has written three New York Times Bestsellers. In 2009, Van worked as the green jobs advisor to the Obama White House. He has earned many honors, including the World Economic Forum’s “Young Global Leader” designation, Rolling Stone’s 12 Leaders Who Get Things Done, Fast Company’s 12 Most Creative Minds On Earth, a Webby Special Achievement Award and Time’s 100 Most Influential People in the World.
DEI SUMMIT INFORMATION
The 2019 Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Summit will feature events throughout October, for a complete listing, visit the Summit Event page.
Tuesday, October 1
6–8 PM | Trotter Multicultural Center, MULTIPURPOSE ROOM
Ignite and Implement: Student Engagement with
This event will follow a Design Thinking approach
where students spanning multiple and intersecting identity groups will facilitate
dialogue to reflect on realities and generate ideas around transparency, inclusivity,
communication and engagement with DEI initiatives on campus including within Student
Life. Potential student outcomes include increased multicultural student engagement from
across the university and with DEI initiatives. Similarly, the event will generate
increased student input on how to address diversity, equity and inclusion issues
impacting the campus climate.
Wednesday, October 16
1–2:30 PM | Michigan League Ballroom
Community Conversation: DEI Progress Update
As we enter Year Four of U-M’s five-year DEI
Strategic Plan, Vice Provost of Equity & Inclusion and Chief Diversity Officer Robert M.
Sellers will update the community on our progress and discuss what we learned from the
Community Conversations with students, faculty and staff.
Monday, October 21
12–2 PM |
“An Ingenious Way to Live”: Fostering
Disability Culture in Higher Education
Neil Marcus, disabled actor, playwright, poet and activist once said, “Disability is not a great struggle or ‘courage in the face of adversity.’ Disability is an art. It’s an ingenious way to live.” In this panel event, scholars and practitioners will discuss opportunities for ingenuity as a growing number of higher education institutions shift toward an intersectional cultural model of disability.
Tuesday, October 22
5–6:30 PM |
PALMER COMMONS, FORUM HALL
DEI AND Faith in Secular Spaces: Respecting
This first-of-its-kind panel discussion brings
together diverse and diverging perspectives on the meaning of faith and practice — from
liberal to conservative to orthodox — on a largely secular campus.
Wednesday, October 23
12–2 PM |
Michigan League Ballroom
From #MeToo to #NowWhat: Cultivating Safe,
Harassment-Free Learning and Working Environments
This interactive event will update the campus
community on the current status of the Sexual Harassment/Sexual Misconduct initiative
reflecting on the work that has been undertaken over the past 18 months and why our
efforts matter. In addition, we will discuss the shift from education and training to
transformational culture change. The event will close with a large, World Cafe-style
group dialogue to connect diverse perspectives as we look forward to the work that lies
Thursday, October 24
8:30 AM–5 PM | Michigan League Ballroom
Young, Gifted, @Risk and Resilient: Promoting Mental Health and Well-Being among Students of Color
This daylong conference will bring together leading researchers, practitioners, administrators, faculty and students to focus on campus climate and mental health among young adult/college students of color. The conference curriculum is informed by the latest research and insights from scholars and practitioners across the country. Conference participants will explore national and campus sociopolitical contexts and take away best practices in order to foster spaces and places that promote emotional well-being for students of color. This national conference is a collaboration between The Steve Fund, the National Center for Institutional Diversity (NCID) and the Office of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (ODEI) at the University of Michigan.