Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

The University of Michigan Office of the Vice President for Research (OVPR) advances the excellence of research scholarship and creative activity across all three campuses by fostering new research and providing central services. OVPR believes diversity, equity, and inclusion is critical to its mission of catalyzing, supporting, and safeguarding research to serve the world.

Moving from Words to Action

True progress in Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion requires more than just speaking the right words; it necessitates undertaking purposeful actions to embody these values and integrate them deeply into the very essence of our mission.

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Leadership Insights

Sabrina Ervin

Sabrina Ervin, OVPR DEI Program Manager

“It is important to be creative about ways to make DEI visible. For me, that means modeling the behaviors and concepts introduced in the training and educational materials that we share with the broader OVPR community. It also means active involvement in supporting the DEI competency development of others, while also practicing curiosity to further my own growth. Understanding different perspectives and experiences is incredibly valuable, and I’m passionate about igniting that curiosity in others.”

DEI 2.0 Intended Impacts

The strategic objectives needed to further the university-wide goals of diversity, equity and inclusion have been aggregated into three distal objectives determined by the University: People (Who We Are), Process (What We Do), and Products (Who We Serve)

PEOPLE (Recruit, Retain & Develop a Diverse Community)

Intended Impact: OVPR will work to shift the demographic structure of its faculty, staff, and student constituencies toward greater multidimensional and intersectional diversity and to provide our PEOPLE equitable work environments where everyone can develop, advance, and succeed.

PROCESS (Create an Equitable and Inclusive Campus Climate)

Intended Impact: OVPR will work to ensure that our units and the broader campus research community are places of inclusion, fairness, and safety for all staff, faculty, and students

PRODUCTS (Support an Innovative, Equitable and Inclusive Research Environment)

Intended Impact: OVPR will promote inclusion, enhance equitable outcomes, and increase access throughout our mission to catalyze, support and safeguard research, scholarship, and creative practice.

OVPR team members collaborating during the DEI 2.0 launch event.

Official Launch of DEI 2.0 in OVPR

OVPR officially launched its DEI 2.0 strategic plan on October 12 with a celebration event at Palmer Commons’ Great Lakes Room. More than 110 individuals from across OVPR and its units engaged in activities designed to build community, demonstrate the power of diverse thought, and assist with envisioning successful DEI 2.0 unit implementations.

OVPR DEI in Numbers

of staff are very satisfied or satisfied with OVPR climate (up 7%)
of staff feel they are treated with respect
of staff believe their unit has a strong commitment to DEI
increase in satisfaction with OVPR climate for BIPOC staff
increase in staff who feel they have equitable opportunities for success

*2021 survey results in comparison with 2016 survey

Current Initiatives

Anti-Racism Grants

OVPR and the National Center for Institutional Diversity’s Anti-Racism Collaborative jointly administer the Anti-Racism Grants program, whose main goal is to support rigorous, innovative, and technically sound research relevant to the most pressing questions and compelling opportunities concerning racial equity and justice in society. Learn more about the grants and how to apply.

FY24 Grantees and their projects

To enhance the societal impact of research emanating from the University of Michigan, the Public Engagement & Research Impacts (PE+RI) team in OVPR is building the capacity necessary for scholars to engage more effectively with a variety of stakeholders, including diverse, historically underserved, and marginalized communities. PE+RI administers the Public Engagement Faculty Fellowship (PEFF), which helps faculty fortify their knowledge and skills to integrate public engagement in their research and scholarship for broad societal impact. Earlier this year, OVPR awarded 15 faculty members from across the University of Michigan this prestigious fellowship. Applications for 2024 fellows will open in early October.
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Public Engagement Faculty Fellowship