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Diversity, Equity & Inclusion

The University of Michigan Office of Research advances the excellence of research scholarship and creative activity across all three campuses by fostering new research and providing central services in research policy, research ethics and compliance, contract development and negotiation, federal relations, technology transfer, business engagement and communications.

The U-M Office of Research is committed to maintaining a diverse, equitable and inclusive environment as a means to attract and retain the best talent to carry out this mission. Below are some guidelines and resources available in support of this commitment:

 

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 will not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, age, marital status, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, disability, religion, height, weight, veteran or familial obligations.

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.

Rationale

  • The University of Michigan Office of Research’s (UMOR) mission is to advance the excellence of research, scholarship and creative activity across all three campuses by encouraging new research and providing central services in research policy; compliance, contract development and negotiation; federal relations; technology transfer; business engagement; and communications. We believe that organizational diversity and an inclusive, equitable environment improves our ability to carry out this mission and enables us to attract the best talent to do so.

 

Months into the implementation of U-M's five-year diversity, equity and inclusion strategic plan, many of the 49 campus units have made measurable progress toward accomplishing their first-year goals.