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Diversity, Equity & Inclusion


In a letter to the UMOR community, Vice President for Research Rebecca Cunningham speaks 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
  3. 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 (

Institute for Research on Women and Gender – Tammy Culler (

Office of Research and Sponsored Projects – Debra Dill (

Office of the Vice President for Research – Sarah Hallum (

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)



Summer Carillon Concert Series - In Solidarity with #BlackLivesMatter

Monday, July 13, 7:00 pm - Ann & Robert H. Lurie Tower

Dr. Ng will dedicate her honorarium from the night's concert to supporting the Black Lives Matter movement by donating the full amount to a combination of community bail funds, mutual aid funds, and racial justice organizers. The event is free, family-friendly, and takes physical distancing seriously.  You can also watch the Facebook live stream from the UMCarillon Facebook page.

For more information, visit Carillons at the University of Michigan or download the program here.


LEAD: Bridging the Divide—Uniting Against Racism

Friday, July 24, 12:00 pm to 1:00 pm EDT

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 DEI initiatives. This LEAD conversation will address the need to have people of all social identities (across race, gender, class, sexual orientation, etc.) involved in the fight against systemic racism. It’s human nature to be drawn to people who are similar to us and our desire to bond with our community intensifies under threat. How can we avoid an “us vs. them” mentality and mobilize as a unified force against racism? Featured guest Howard Ross will discuss pathways to bonding and bridging across difference.

Registration is required at


Policing and Protest 2020 

Tuesday, July 28, 4:00 pm to 5:30 pm EDT

Note: The webinar has a Q&A format. We welcome your questions before via email ( and during the webinar via Zoom Q&A.

The killing of George Floyd, in the wake of the horrific and obscene history of the killings of unarmed black people by the police, has focused attention like never before on the systemic anti-black racism of the criminal-legal system in the United States. To be sure, the massive expansion and militarization of policing and incarceration are in some ways of comparatively recent origin. Yet they also have a much deeper origin in and are inextricably connected to, a longer history of the judicial and extra-judicial violence against black people in the continent. The racist inequities of the criminal-legal system, indeed, are not a bug, but a feature.