The University of Michigan-Flint is bringing together students, faculty, staff, and administrators from across the University to increase diversity, equity, and inclusion on campus.

The University launched its Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) Committee in December 2019, and the members are now creating short- and long-term goals in a multi-faceted action plan for UM-Flint.

Faculty from each school and college, each university division, faculty and staff councils, the undergraduate and graduate student bodies, and the Provost’s Office comprise the committee. Interim Campus Diversity Officer and Director of the Intercultural Center Dr. David Luke and Professor of English and Director of the Master of Arts program in Liberal Studies Dr. Jan Furman are co-chairing the committee. They will report the committee’s progress to Chancellor Deba Dutta and the UM-Flint Cabinet.

Strategic Action Plan

The DEI Strategic Action Plan, A Call to Action: Pursuing Excellence through Inclusion and Equity, is now available to review. The Action Plan's goals and timetable are available to view here.

At 1:30 p.m. September 23, the DEI Committee will hold a virtual town hall to provide an overview of the action plan and timeline for implementation. Details and a Zoom link will be shared with the campus in the coming days.

DEI Defined

As we pursue continuous improvement in the areas of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion, we define those terms at the University of Michigan-Flint as follows:

Diversity: Increased diversity, which is expressed in myriad forms, including race and ethnicity, gender and gender identity, sexual orientation, socioeconomic status, language, culture, national origin, religious commitments, age, (dis)ability status, and political perspective.  

Equity: Disruption and dismantling of any identified institutional barrier that unfairly or unjustly impacts a specific population based on their identity, such as race, color, national origin, age, marital status, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, (dis)ability, religion, height, weight, or veteran status, or other variables related to life experience and rectifying the situation in our work toward a campus community that is continuously shaped by its diverse constituencies into an increasingly fair and just place.

Inclusion: Pursuit of deliberate efforts to ensure that our campus is a place where differences are welcomed, different perspectives are respectfully heard and where every individual feels a sense of belonging and inclusion. We know that by building a critical mass of diverse groups on campus and creating a vibrant climate of inclusiveness, we can more effectively leverage the resources of diversity to advance our collective capabilities.

DEI Committee setting action plan for UM-Flint

The University of Michigan-Flint is bringing together students, faculty, staff, and administrators from across the university to increase diversity, equity, and inclusion on campus.

The university launched its Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) Committee in January 2020, and the members are now creating short- and long-term goals in a multi-faceted action plan for UM-Flint.