University Goals: Diversity, Equity & Inclusion

Diversity: We commit to increasing diversity, which is expressed in myriad forms, including race and ethnicity, gender and gender identity, sexual orientation, socio-economic status, language, culture, national origin, religious commitments, age, (dis)ability status, and political perspective.


Equity: We commit to working actively to challenge and respond to bias, harassment, and discrimination. We are committed to a policy of equal opportunity for all persons and do not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, age, marital status, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, disability, religion, height, weight, or veteran status.


Inclusion: We commit to pursuing 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.


Core Values (Guiding Principles) for the Office of Academic Innovation:

To shape the future of learning and redefine public residential education at a 21st century research university by unlocking new opportunities and enabling personalized, engaged, and lifelong learning for the U-M community and learners around the world.

We intend to help create a climate of diversity, equity, and inclusion in order to improve organizational culture, recruitment/retention, and to advance our mission.

We strive to be an organization that not only celebrates diversity, but one that fosters success for students of all ages, academic, ethnic, and social backgrounds.

We know that with our outreach across campus, the community, and the world, we have the opportunity to change lives in significant ways by:

  • Attracting diverse global learners to U-M through platform-based courses and offerings and, in so doing, advance diversity of U-M residential community. Increasing active participation of those who have been traditionally underserved and underrepresented in higher education. Increasing engagement with global learners representing the widest possible range of global perspectives.
  • Leveraging experimentation with digital pedagogy and learning analytics to create more inclusive and universally accessible learning environments for the U-M community and global learners around the world.
  • Increasing access to high quality educational opportunities and resources to the broadest possible range of learners.
  • Attracting diverse faculty innovators to partner in the design and creation of new academic innovation initiatives.
  • Partnering with external agencies and organizations to advance research and personalized learning experimentation that leads to improved learner preparation and increased participation, with particular attention to individuals from groups that have been traditionally underrepresented and underserved in higher education, including women, members of racial and ethnic groups, persons with disabilities, and persons with low socio-economic status.

Year Two Strategic Objectives, Measures and FY18 Actions

Year Two Action Planning Table