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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 – Heidi Bennett (

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)




2021 Juneteenth Symposium: Celebrating Black Joy, Hope, and Healing  

Monday, June 14 - Saturday, June 19

U-M’s inaugural campus-wide Juneteenth Symposium will explore the theme of “Celebrating Black Joy, Hope, and Healing.” A partnership between U-M and the Ann Arbor Branch of the NAACP, this Juneteenth observance aims to celebrate and recognize the liberation of all Black people from slavery, made official by the emancipation on June 19, 1865, in Galveston, Texas. Juneteenth is also known as Freedom Day, Jubilee Day, Liberation Day, and Emancipation Day. It is celebrated throughout the nation and as a state holiday in Michigan. It is also officially observed in Ann Arbor.

Our hope is to bring together the U-M and Ann Arbor communities virtually to underscore the importance of Juneteenth and to ensure that all students, staff, faculty, and residents feel a deep sense of belonging. We hope you can join us for our celebration, while we advance our educational mission as a university and seek to collaborate, enrich, and empower the community in a longstanding annual tradition to promote Black liberation and excellence.

Learn more and register here:


WCTF 2021 Juneteenth Celebration  

Friday, June 18, 8:30 am - 1:30 pm

Join the Women of Color Task Force for its 2nd annual Juneteenth observance event. The theme for our event is “Improving Intercultural Race Relations to Develop Intercultural Solidarity.

Juneteenth, also called Jubilee Day, Freedom Day, Liberation Day, or Emancipation Day, is the designated holiday commemorating the freedom of the slaves in the United States, traditionally observed annually on June 19th. President Abraham Lincoln's Emancipation Proclamation had officially outlawed slavery in Texas and the other states in rebellion against the Union almost two and a half years earlier on January 1, 1863. Enforcement of the Proclamation generally relied on the advancement of the Union troops. The anniversary of the June 19, 1865 date recognizes the day that the announcement by Union Army Major General Gordon Granger, proclaiming freedom from slavery and the end of the Civil War was delivered to Galveston, Texas. 

The Juneteenth holiday is celebrated on Saturday, June 19, 2021, but we invite you to join us for our celebration on Friday, June 18th, from 8:30 am - 1:30 pm.

Share your photos from past Juneteenth celebrations and events organized by your community and/or family!! If you have a picture to share, you may upload your photo by midnight on June 4th into this Google form. Submissions will be reviewed, and selected photos will be included in a slideshow that will be shown at the virtual Juneteenth event.

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