Facts about the DEI process
- The Ford School's work is part of a university-wide strategic planning effort, headed by President Schlissel and Vice Provost Robert Sellers. Each unit across the university, including the Ford School, has been asked to develop a strategic plan that will guide its Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion efforts over the next 5 years.
- We recognize that attention to and respect for diversity is integral to the study and practice of public policy. It requires us to think critically and analytically about how public policies may affect people differently. And it encourages us to think through how to develop and implement public policies to ensure their benefits across populations.
- There are three phases to the Ford School's effort: data collection, developing recommendations and metrics for evaluation, and drafting the report. See proposed timeline.
- The Ford School DEI report will focus on four categories: 1) Diversifying Who We Are (faculty, staff, and students), 2) Teaching (diversifying what and how we teach), 3) Climate (facilitating an inclusive and equitable climate), 4) Research and Policy Engagement (ensuring that the research, policy engagement, and activities at the Ford School provide attention to and respect for diversity, equity, and inclusion).
- The report will include recommendations, detailed strategies and actions for achieving those recommendations, and metrics for evaluating our performance in completing the actions and recommendations.
- In order for our efforts to be successful, we need widespread participation from students, staff, and faculty, understanding that it’s only with the perspectives and visions of all us that we can achieve the best plan possible.
- Our data collection involves surveys (of students, staff, and faculty), facilitated community conversations, and suggestion boxes for anonymous comments.
- We envision that the Plan itself will recommend ways to obtain alumni and other stakeholder input.
- Ford School DEI Committee co-chairs, Susan Guindi and Shobita Parthasarathy are working across units and with university officials to share information and get help in these efforts. Eventually, the Ford School's plan will become part of the comprehensive UM Diversity Strategic Plan.