Grappling with challenging issues around race, around gender, around all types of difference

November 13, 2015

More than two-dozen faculty, staff, and students shared comments and ideas for making the University of Michigan more diverse, equitable, and inclusive at a community assembly with U-M President Mark Schlissel on Tuesday.

The comments — both supportive and critical — will provide insight as U-M continues a yearlong effort to create a comprehensive, University-wide plan to address diversity issues.

More on the University of Michigan's diversity strategic planning efforts. 

Each of the University's schools and colleges is working on its own plan for diversity, equity, and inclusion. The Ford School launched its effort in October with an all-out campaign to collect input from all of the school's faculty, staff, and students.

The Ford School's work highlights the view that an ability to grapple with challenging issues—around race, around gender, around all types of difference—should be a key part of the professional education we offer to policy students. 

Here are just a few of the ways in which our students, faculty, and staff engaged with and advanced these issues in 2015: