Diversity, Equity & Inclusion (DEI)

Diversity, Equity & Inclusion comprises U-M faculty and staff whose mission is to help make the U-M campus a more diverse, equitable and inclusive space. DEI will lead the charge to implement President Schlissel’s diversity initiative, providing programmatic and resource support for U-M schools, colleges and units.

Multi-Ethnic Student Affairs (MESA)

The mission of MESA is “to promote student development and empower the campus community around issues of diversity and social justice through the lens of race and ethnicity.” The office provides support to all students through programming, and strives to meet the multicultural needs of students. MESA also facilitates learning about inclusive leadership development for all cultural student organizations.


Office of Academic and Multicultural Initiatives (OAMI)

OAMI works with campus and external partners to develop programs that provide resources, opportunities and experiences that enrich your academic, social, cultural, and personal development at U-M. OAMI supports the annual Dance for Mother Earth Powwow, graduation ceremonies, and cultural events that celebrate the achievements, commonalities and differences that characterize the experiences of African/African-American, Arab, Latino/a, and Native communities. Individual and students can apply for funding for multicultural events or projects through OAMI.

CEW+ (Center for the Education of Women)

CEW advances diversity and inclusion at the U-M by serving as a resource, voice, and advocate to empower women and nontraditional students. The Center provides services and financial support, including career and education counseling, to ensure educational success and degree completion. CEW also serves those who encounter education and career obstacles based on their non-linear paths to, and experiences within, the University community. The Center also offers a Critical Difference Grants offered to graduate students and nontraditional undergraduate students (including first-generation) for unexpected financial emergencies. All students are welcome to use CEW resources.

Center for Engineering Diversity & Outreach (CEDO)

CEDO plays a vital role in the implementation of the College’s strategic plan for diversity, equity, and inclusion. Our programming is designed to help develop highly sought-after engineering talent while exposing pre-collegiate students to the field of engineering and encouraging them to attend Michigan Engineering. CEDO also assists with the recruitment of students from communities that are traditionally underrepresented and underserved in engineering while working with current students to help with their academic, personal, and professional development.

The Program on Intergroup Relations (IGR)

IGR is a partnership between Student Life and the College of Literature, Science, and the Arts. IGR’s mission is to pursue social justice through education. IGR offers courses that explore social group identity, conflict, community and social justice. Each dialogue involves identity groups defined by race, ethnicity, religion, socioeconomic class, gender, sexual orientation, (dis)ability status or national origin. CommonGround is our peer-to-peer workshop program developed for students to learn about social inequalities and to delve into topics that increase awareness of issues of identity, diversity, and intergroup relations across campus.

Questions? Contact igr.info@umich.edu

Spectrum Center

The Spectrum Center is the Office of LGBT Affairs for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender students, faculty, staff, and friends. They offer LGBTQ Allyhood Development training, workshops and panels of trained LGBTQA speakers to share their personal stories with audiences. They host a list of the campus groups related to LGBTQA identities and support yearly events and celebrations such as Coming Into Our Lives Week and Lavender Graduation.

Reporting Incidents

U-M students, faculty, and staff may report bias incidents or hate crimes online via the “Expect Respect” website. Incidents may also be reported directly to U-M’s Department of Public Safety & Security at 734-763-1131, or the Ann Arbor Police at 734-994-2911. If you are not sure what to report or if you have experienced a hate crime and would like to discuss the incident, please call 734-615-BIAS (2427).