At the University of Michigan, our commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion is central to our mission as an educational institution. The department of Organizational Learning is coordinating with partners across the Ann Arbor campus and Michigan Medicine to provide training and skill development opportunities to help create a community where people’s differences contribute to further learning and advancements in all fields of study and patient care. U-M offers a growing curriculum of courses to assist schools, colleges and units create more inclusive and welcoming environments.
Training and Educational Resources
The following resources are currently available to faculty and staff, as well as entire departments to help enhance diversity, equity and inclusion:
- Educational classes: A variety of courses on diversity, equity and inclusion are available to faculty and staff for all schools, colleges and units free of charge. Current topics include unconscious bias, intercultural awareness and bystander intervention.
- Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI): The Basics - Part 1: This online module provides an introductory look at our initiative and helps clearly define what we mean by “diversity, equity and inclusion" and takes less than 15 minutes to complete. Discussion guides are available for participants and facilitators working with in small groups or huddles.
- New Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI): The Basics - Part 2: This online course examines how our social identities impact diversity, equity, and inclusion at the University of Michigan. It is designed to provide foundational knowledge and foster on-going self-reflection and dialogue on topics related to DEI. Discussion guides are available for participants and facilitators working in small groups or huddles.
- New Inclusion Insights video series: This series of 25 short videos offers a unique, micro-learning approach to diversity, equity and inclusion education. The videos were created by and feature Dr. Steve Robbins, a nationally recognized trainer and consultant on diversity and inclusion. Dr. Robbins was a keynote speaker during the university’s DEI Summit in 2016. Each video is less than three minutes long and the series includes titles such as, “Defining Diversity,” “Comfort Zones” and “Being Aware of Being Unfair.” The videos have been organized to align with the new Lifelong Learning model to help address the specific goals of the university’s DEI initiative. You can watch these videos on your own or with your team using the accompanying conversation cards.
- Unit requests: Departments and teams can request any of the core educational courses to be held at their location free of charge.
- Facilitated discussions: Professional facilitators are available for a fee to help departments or teams hold conversations around diversity, equity and inclusion.
Unconscious Bias in Everyday Life
The unconscious mind is a powerful and intrinsic force in helping to shape our overall behavior in our everyday lives. This interactive workshop is designed to examine how unconscious bias can affect one's perceptions, decisions, and interactions.
Change It Up!
Change it Up! brings bystander intervention skills to the University of Michigan community for the purpose of building inclusive, respectful, and safe communities. This program is based on a nationally recognized four-stage bystander intervention model that develops skills and confidence when intervening in situations that negatively impact individuals, organizations, and the campus community.
There are many different ways culture influences behavior. This session explores how culture affects our interactions with others, how assumptions may be flawed, and examines ways to navigate our cultural differences.
Disability Awareness and Etiquette
If you are providing a service, it is important to know the best ways to communicate with and about individuals who may have disabilities. This session will help you to understand how to best serve individuals with disabilities, and will also give you some etiquette pointers that you can use in your everyday life.
The department of Organizational Learning can provide consultation services for units, departments and teams to help you address specific needs or help implement the training and education needs in your diversity, equity and inclusion strategic plan. Use this form to contact us to discuss available consultation services.