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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 (

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

Exercise and Sport Science Initiative – Lisa Rabaut (

Functional Magnetic Resonance Imaging – Barb Hibbard (

Innovation Partnerships – Anne Partington (

Institute for Research on Women and Gender – Heidi Bennett (

Mcity – Kasie Meszaros (

Michigan Institute for Data Science – Kristin Burgard (

Office of Research and Sponsored Projects – Debra Dill (

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

Office of the Vice President for Research: Research Development - Jessica Brassard (

Research Ethics and Compliance – Mary Ramirez (

U-M DEI Implementation Co-Lead and OVPR Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Lead – Nick Wigginton (

U-M 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 OVPR (one-time training) and will follow best practices 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 OVPR (every 3 years).
  • OVPR staff should participate in at least two (2) DEI related training sessions or events per year (to be reported annually)




5th Annual CEW+ Advocacy Symposium
Creating Change through Introspection, Dialogue, and Action

Tuesday, September 28, 2021; 8:30 am - 1:30 pm

Please join CEW+ for its 5th annual advocacy symposium on Tuesday, September 28th from 8:30 am - 1:30 pm, featuring our 2021 Mullin Welch Lecture and the presentation of the 2021 Carol Hollenshead Inspire Awards. The program features a superb line-up of dynamic presentations by nationally renowned leaders and activists.  

This event is free and virtual but registration is requested.  

The theme for this year's event is "Accessing & Navigating Systems" and presentations will be given on the following topics:

  • Advocating for Your Financial Future
  • Leading at the Intersections: An Introduction to the Intersectional Approach Model for Policy & Social Change
  • Amplifying Narratives and Engaging Communities to Create Systemic Change
  • The Intersectional, Multigenerational Fight for Voting Rights
  • Student-Parents at the Center: How Systems and Policies Affect Student-Parent Families in Michigan

Speaker details and the event schedule may be viewed on this CEW+ event webpage: