Our Mission

The University of Michigan has a long and proud legacy of commitment to the principles of equality and equal opportunity for all students, faculty and staff. The mission of the Office for Institutional Equity is to provide leadership and support on matters relating to equity, diversity, respect and inclusiveness for all members of the University of Michigan community. OIE staff provides guidance, support and delivery of programming, services and educational initiatives to University faculty, staff, and students to support diversity, inclusiveness, equal access, equitable treatment, cultural understanding and the prevention of prohibited discrimination and harassment.

OIE oversees, facilitates and supports the University’s efforts to ensure equal opportunity for all persons regardless of race, color, national origin, age, marital status, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, disability, religion, height, weight, or veteran status in employment, educational programs and activities, and admissions.

To fulfill our mission, the Office for Institutional Equity provides:

  • Information, consultation, training and resources to the University community with regard to diversity, harassment and discrimination prevention, affirmative action, equal opportunity and disability matters;
  • Individual consultation with University managers, supervisors, staff, faculty, students, and administrators;
  • A mechanism for responding to complaints of harassment and discrimination;
  • Oversight of and support for the University’s compliance efforts in the areas of equal opportunity, affirmative action, harassment and discrimination prevention, and compliance with all applicable State and Federal civil rights laws.