Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion

Support for diversity, equity, and inclusion in higher education has become ubiquitous, but the ways universities display that commitment could frequently be characterized as, as Dr. Martin Luther King once put it, “A high blood pressure of creeds and an anemia of deeds.” Our desire is to make an impact and to continuously improve as we work to become a more diverse, inclusive, and equitable institution. This work will ultimately benefit our students in their academic experience, and prepare them for the world in which they will engage.

The University of Michigan-Flint’s commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion is displayed through action. Through the establishment of the DEI Committee, the Office of Diversity, Equity & Inclusion, and the adoption of our DEI Strategic Action Plan, which includes goals and timelines to help monitor and ensure our progress toward our important goals.

DEI Defined

At UM-Flint, as outlined in the DEI Strategic Action Plan, we define DEI as follows:

Diversity: A range of ideas, opinions, perspectives, experiences, and decision-makers across race and ethnicity, gender and gender identity, sexual orientation, socioeconomic status, language, culture, national origin, religious commitments, age, (dis)ability status, political perspective, and other variables related to life experience.

Equity: Equal outcomes through just and fair practices, policies, and procedures, particularly for the historically underserved. ​Disruption and dismantling of any identified institutional barrier or situation that unfairly or unjustly impacts a specific population based on their identity.

Inclusion: Equal opportunities and resources for all individuals. Deliberate efforts to ensure that differences are welcomed and valued, differing perspectives are respectfully and empathically heard, and every individual feels a sense of belonging, community, and agency.

How Diverse is UM-Flint?

The Office of Institutional Analysis collects and compiles data on our campus demographics and has a number of reports that are also available to the public. Campus statistics through Institutional Analysis are available here.

Key Initiatives in DEI

The DEI Strategic Action Plan lays out broad goals and suggested tactics for improving our institutional excellence with regard to diversity, equity, and inclusion. Some of this work means supporting and enhancing existing programs, while other aspects mean generating new programs. Here are a few of our noteworthy new or enhanced initiatives, informed, or supported in significant ways through our strategic action plan:

DEI Reports

DEI Strategic Action Plan
DEI Strategic Action Plan – Goals and Timelines
2022 DEI Annual Report

DEI Videos

Chief Diversity Officer Communications