Our Commitment

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Our Differences Make Us Stronger

Our comprehensive five-year DEI Strategic Plan, launched in 2016, reflects our multifaceted approach to ensuring our campus is a diverse, equitable and inclusive place. The plan’s eight objectives focus our activity around diversity, equity and inclusion as they relate to:

  • Opportunities for learning and dialogue
  • Measuring our progress
  • Accountability, rewarding successes
  • Building a safe, supportive physical environment
  • Diversity in leadership
  • Student diversity
  • Staff diversity
  • Support resources and events

Download the plan (pdf)

Beyond the five-year plan

A DEI culture shift

We feel very strongly that, at Michigan Engineering, the job of creating a more diverse, equitable and inclusive community rests not within one organization or group of people, but with all of us. Summer 2020 has sharply exposed the disparities in our society, and the continued systemic racism and bias in our country that have long led to violence against our Black citizens and a lack of equal opportunity.

We will be building a framework to ensure every member of the engineering community is educated about issues of diversity, equity and inclusion, beginning with a focus on race, ethnicity and unconscious bias. We will also maintain and expand pipelines and pathways to become successful engineers and leaders, and create tools to ensure the campus is more inclusive and equitable.

To that end, we will be launching two major initiatives this year, taking us beyond the five-year strategic plan and into the future of a diverse, equitable and inclusive environment that permeates our community.

Equity-centered Engineering: A People First Perspective

Engineering is a people-first field. Our approach is to improve both the culture and the solutions through an equity-centered engineering lens. As the nation’s number-one public research institution, we are working hard to lead change. Our dedication to engineering for the public good is inseparable from our commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI).

Education

Sustained, pervasive education around issues of race, ethnicity, unconscious bias and inclusion for everyone in engineering – students, faculty and staff – within one year.

New Center

Evolving the role of our Center for Engineering Diversity and Outreach (CEDO), establishing a new structure which will work horizontally across all our pillars and units to ensure the work is not siloed and provides resources for the students (current and prospective), staff and faculty behind our research, education and culture.

When the University launched its five-year strategic plan, the College took the time to evaluate the how and why behind DEI. Through it, we identified the major challenges and obstacles, and learned how to clear a better path through them. These initiatives are foundational to lasting change, and will build a framework to allow us to become more effective in our efforts to address other critical matters, such as sexual misconduct, accessibility, harassment and more.


A DEI letter from the dean

In a letter to the community, Dean Gallimore shares a plan to tackle systemic racism.

Six Diversity Myths

Overcoming these common misconceptions will help engineers develop better solutions.


Engineering seeks to educate on societal racism, bias through new proposals

‘We have seen, both through our own data and through the divisive issues society is facing, exactly how urgent this issue is.’

Read more

Share your feedback

There are many opportunities to provide your feedback and let your voice be heard:

Office Hours

Both the DEI Implementation Committee and Dean’s Office will be holding open office hours to talk about these initiatives or any other concerns.

  • DEI Implementation Committee members: Most members of the College’s implementation team will be available for office hours throughout the semester.
  • Dean’s Office: Dean Alec Gallimore will be holding open office hours for faculty throughout the semester for anyone who would like to speak on this or other issues. Details on how to sign up will be provided soon.

Feedback Form

Provide feedback anonymously through our DEI Feedback Form.

More to Come

Each community team will continue reaching out to groups within the College’s departments, units and student groups to ask for their insight and feedback. Keep an eye out for these opportunities.