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Diversity, Equity & Inclusion


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:



  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


Animal Care & Use Program – Laura King (

Business Engagement Center - Sheila Waterhouse (

Consulting for Statistics, Computing and Analytics Research – Manish Verma (

Exercise and Sport Science Initiative – Lisa Rabaut (

Functional Magnetic Resonance Imaging – Barb Hibbard (

Institute for Research on Women and Gender – Tammy Culler (

Mcity – Kasie Meszaros (

Michigan Institute for Data Science – Kristin Burgard (

Office of Research and Sponsored Projects – Debra Dill (

Office of Technology Transfer – Lauren Suits (

Office of the Vice President for Research: Business Operations – Sarah Hallum (

Office of the Vice President for Research: Research Development – Jesse Johnston (

Research Ethics and Compliance – Mary Ramirez (

UMOR DEI Implementation Co-Lead and UMOR Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Lead – Tabbye Chavous (

UMOR DEI Implementation Co-Lead – Sabrina Ervin (

UMOR DEI Committee –



  • 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)




Remaking a Life: How Women Living with HIV/AIDS Confront Inequality

Thursday, March 25, 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

In the face of life-threatening news, how does our view of life change—and what do we do it transform it? Remaking a Life uses the HIV/AIDS epidemic as a lens to understand how women generate radical improvements in their social well-being in the face of social stigma and economic disadvantage. Drawing on interviews with nationally recognized AIDS activists as well as over one hundred Chicago-based women living with HIV/AIDS, Celeste Watkins-Hayes takes readers on an uplifting journey through women’s transformative projects, a multidimensional process in which women shift their approach to their physical, social, economic, and political survival, thereby changing their viewpoint of “dying from” AIDS to “living with” it. With an eye towards improving the lives of women, Remaking a Life provides techniques to encourage private, nonprofit, and government agencies to successfully collaborate and shares policy ideas with the hope of alleviating the injuries of inequality faced by those living with HIV/AIDS every day.

This event is part of IRWG's Gender: New Works, New Questions series, which spotlights recent publications by U-M faculty members and allows for deeper discussion by an interdisciplinary panel. Cosponsor: Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy.

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Interdisciplinary perspectives on intimate partner violence: How do we prevent IPV and intervene with people who harm?  

Tuesday, April 20, 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

IRWG’s Initiative on Gender-Based Violence and Sexual Harassment will sponsor a panel discussion that focuses on inter-professional approaches for prevention and intervention efforts for people who harm. Entitled “Interdisciplinary perspectives on intimate partner violence: How do we prevent IPV and intervene with people who harm?”, the panel brings together perspectives from social work, psychology, sociology, and medicine in efforts to highlight research, teaching, or clinical practice in this area.

Learn more and register here: