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Diversity, Equity & Inclusion

BATTLING RACISM AND INJUSTICE

In a letter to the UMOR community, Vice President for Research Rebecca Cunningham and Associate Vice President for Research - Social Sciences, Humanities, and the Arts Tabbye Chavous speak out against “longstanding systems of racism, dehumanization, and inequality”, and pledges UMOR’s commitment looking to “understand a path forward through science and scholarship, supporting bold evidence-based action, and with a strong voice of compassion”.

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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.

As outlined in UMOR’s Strategic Plan for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion, UMOR 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. All of our units have the responsibility to incorporate the principles of diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) in their activities and operations, but ultimately our ability to fulfill our commitment rests with all of us as individuals.

Below are some specific guidelines and resources available in support of our commitment:

 

DIVERSITY, EQUITY AND INCLUSION (DEI) AREAS OF FOCUS

  1. Recruitment, Retention, and Development
  2. Education and Scholarship - Advance DEI in UMOR Research Community
  3. Climate and Culture - Promoting an Equitable and Inclusive Community
  4. Service

UMOR DIVERSITY, EQUITY, AND INCLUSION (DEI) UNIT CONTACTS

Animal Care & Use Program – Laura King (laurakin@umich.edu)

Business Engagement Center - Sheila Waterhouse (sheilani@umich.edu)

Consulting for Statistics, Computing and Analytics Research – Manish Verma (manishve@umich.edu)

Exercise and Sport Science Initiative – Lisa Rabaut (lisaraba@umich.edu)

Functional Magnetic Resonance Imaging – Barb Hibbard (barbhibb@umich.edu)

Institute for Research on Women and Gender – Tammy Culler (tammy@umich.edu)

Office of Research and Sponsored Projects – Debra Dill (dldill@umich.edu)

Office of Technology Transfer - Lauren Suits (lswords@umich.edu)

Office of the Vice President for Research – Sarah Hallum (shallum@umich.edu)

Research Ethics and Compliance – Mary Ramirez (mramirez@umich.edu)

UMOR DEI Implementation Co-Lead and UMOR Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Lead – Tabbye Chavous (tchavous@umich.edu)

UMOR DEI Implementation Co-Lead – Sabrina Ervin (sme@umich.edu)

UMOR DEI Committee – UMORDEICOMMITTEE@umich.edu

 

GUIDELINES FOR ALL UMOR FACULTY AND STAFF

  • All faculty and senior staff involved in search committees or hiring efforts should complete the 1.5-hour Strategies and Tactics for Recruiting to Improve Diversity and Equity (STRIDE) program offered by ADVANCE (every 3 years)
  • All members of search committees and hiring teams will complete the Diversity in Hiring training offered by UMOR (one-time training) and will use the Interview Architect Tool for candidate selection and interview questions for all talent searches
  • All faculty and staff should complete the Unconscious Bias training offered by Organizational Learning or internally at UMOR (every 3 years).
  • UMOR staff should participate in at least two (2) DEI related training sessions or events per year (to be reported annually)

 

DEI EVENTS AT U-M

UPCOMING:

OUTx

Thursday, October 1, 5:30 pm to 7:00 pm ET

OUTx is a celebration of the LGBTQ+ community that includes talks and artistic performances. It includes both members of the Ross School of Business and community members from Ann Arbor and beyond. At the heart of a coming out story is a person’s individual truth, and it remains one of the most powerful ways to grow and deepen compassion for LGBTQ+ people and their challenges. 

The Zoom link will be available to all who register. 

Please register here: https://ofbcomingoutweek.com/index.php/outx/

 

Mno Kenomagewenin (Good Learning): Indigenous Epistemologies and Engaging In Decolonizing Work Within Colonized Spaces: A Panel Discussion

Monday, October 12, 12:00 pm to 1:15 pm ET

Join us for a panel discussion among indigenous scholars as they discuss the urgency for centering indigenous epistemologies and life-worlds in the field of education. Questions will explore how to move past land acknowledgment statements in order to advance and center indigenous folx and scholarships; explore the connections between the work of anti-racism and decoloniality; and discuss how educators and researchers can bring Indigenous ways of knowing into their work in a good way.

The Zoom link will be available to all who register. 

Please register here: https://sessions.studentlife.umich.edu/login?r=/track/event/session/30119

 

LEAD: Empowering and Elevating Marginalized Voices
Featuring Al Young and Tabbye Chavous

Friday, October 23, 12:00 pm to 1:00 pm ET

LEAD, Leading Equity And Diversity, is a series of conversations where attendees have the opportunity to hear from a diverse group of guests who lead and/or support DEI and Social Justice initiatives. This LEAD conversation will address the need to create a more inclusive environment for diverse communities on college campuses. Many faculty, staff, and students of color have reported feeling isolated, unheard, and unseen. How can we elevate marginalized voices in the pursuit of racial equity and inclusion on our campuses? Speakers affiliated with the National Center for Institutional Diversity will discuss research and successful initiatives and offer strategies for change.

Al Young is the Arthur F. Thurnau Professor in the Department of Sociology and a professor of African and African American studies, with a courtesy appointment at the Ford School. He also serves as faculty director for scholar engagement and leadership at Michigan's National Center for Institutional Diversity (NCID) and associate director of U-M's Center for Social Solutions.

Tabbye Chavous is the director of the National Center for Institutional Diversity (NCID), associate vice president for research, and a professor of education and professor of psychology at the University of Michigan.

Registration is required.  Please register here: https://sessions.studentlife.umich.edu/track/event/session/28272

 

PAST:

LEAD: Let's Talk about Racial Code Switching - Featuring Myles Durkee and Courtney McCluney

Friday, August 21, 12:00 pm to 1:00 pm ET

LEAD, Leading Equity And Diversity, is a series of conversations where attendees have the opportunity to hear from a diverse group of guests who lead and/or support DEI and Social Justice Initiatives.

This LEAD conversation will address how college campuses can work to create a more inclusive environment where those from marginalized communities can be their authentic selves. Many faculty, staff, and students of color describe the need to “code switch” (or “act white”) in order to thrive, or even survive, at primarily white institutions. But this code switching comes at a cost. Featured speakers Myles Durkee and Courtney McCluney will discuss their experiences, research on the topic, and offer recommendations for best practices.

Myles Durkee is an assistant professor in the Department of Psychology at the University of Michigan.  
Courtney L. McCluney is an assistant professor of organizational behavior in the ILR School at Cornell University.

View the recording here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xllnhuOCABo

View resources discussed during the webinar herehttps://research.umich.edu/files/racialcodeswitchingresourcespdf

 

Antiracism, Allyship, and Authenticity: Building Internal Capacity for Institutional Change

Tuesday, August 4, 1:00 pm to 2:30 pm ET

What will it take to build an antiracist organization? In this follow-up virtual event to “Race, Equity, and Justice: A Call to Action,” we will address what skills and actions are necessary for workplaces to advance beyond statements to being antiracist organizations that dismantle systemic racism and rebuild equitable structures in their place.

Join us for a hard, powerful, and action-oriented conversation that connects our individual behaviors to organizational practices that build internal capacity for change. We’ll engage with experts to learn how organizations normalize whiteness through constraining the authenticity of non-White employees and how to develop skills as allies to build effective alliances that oppose racism and sustain change. Leave with actionable strategies for working across differences to build antiracist structures that allow all members to thrive.

This virtual panel event is presented by the Center for Positive Organizations at the University of Michigan Stephen M. Ross School of Business and the Managerial and Organizational Cognition (MOC) Division of the Academy of management.

View the recording here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cBR23_y_HfU&feature=emb_title

View resources discussed during the webinar herehttps://positiveorgs.bus.umich.edu/wp-content/uploads/antiracism-allyship-authenticity-resources_final.pdf