A Message from Chancellor Dutta

The University of Michigan is well known for its long-standing commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion.  At UM-Flint, broadening access and inclusivity are keys to creating an environment for education and success.  In this spirit, I am pleased to announce our renewed commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion through the formation of the Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) Committee.  UM-Flint’s DEI Committee will lead broad-based institutional efforts to further promote an environment of diversity, equity, and inclusion for all members of our campus community, with the specific charge of developing and advancing a DEI action plan at UM-Flint. 

To lead campus-wide DEI efforts, Dr. David Luke will serve as Interim Campus Diversity Officer, effective immediately. In this role, Dr. Luke will provide overall leadership for a comprehensive approach to build a vibrant culture of diversity, equity, and inclusion at UM-Flint. Dr. Luke will partner with key campus and external constitutents to identify training and development initiatives and cultivate learning and work environments in areas such as cultural competency, gender differences, disability, power and equity issues, inclusion, and other topics designed to increase awareness and support DEI values.

As we approach a new decade, there is no greater work to be done than to foster the conditions and create the environment for our students, faculty, and staff to learn, grow, and thrive.  The work of the DEI Committee will be critical to our success and is our collective work together. Thank you in advance for your engagement with this important initiative. 

Debasish Dutta

Chancellor

 

DEI Committee Co-Chair, David Luke

 

Dr. David J. Luke joined the University of Michigan-Flint in May 2018 as Director of the Intercultural Center (ICC). In this role, as the unit’s first full time director, Dr. Luke established the strategic direction and guiding pillars of the ICC (Belonging, Advocacy, and Education) and focused on building a schedule of recurring programming to enhance student life and engagement guided by these pillars. Dr. Luke earned bachelor’s degrees in accounting and sociology from Grand Valley State University, a master’s and Ph.D. in Sociology from the University of Kentucky. As a sociologist and Interim Campus Diversity Officer, Dr. Luke intentionally interrogates what appear to be isolated instances in their broader contexts to explore innovative structural or policy-oriented solutions in order to build more inclusive communities for all, with a recognition that the umbrella of “diversity” is large and constantly evolving.

Your comments and suggestions for the DEI Committee, as well as membership nominations, are welcome. Click here to add your comment/nomination.