Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Resources for Departments

If you're a department, unit or team lead looking to fulfill the goals of your school, college or unit’s strategic plans for enhancing diversity, equity and inclusion, this expanding set of selected resources can help you find the type of support that is right for you and your group. These resources are designed to allow department leads focus on their unique needs while investing in the personal and professional development of staff.

These resources support the ongoing effort to provide continuous education, training and programmatic activities that will allow the university community to:

  • Reflect on diversity within and outside of the university community
  • Create an atmosphere that attracts and retains talented hires
  • Foster a diverse and inclusive workforce which builds an environment that respects the individual, promotes innovation, and offers opportunities for all employees to develop to their full potential
  • Have awareness of our own cultural beliefs, values and norms, and appreciation and knowledge of different cultural beliefs, values and norms
  • Support an atmosphere where continuous growth and development is encouraged

Unit Requests

Departments can request any of the core courses to be held at their work location. 

DEI Activity Guide for Meetings and Retreats

A toolkit for departments and teams to use at meetings and retreats includes short (less than 30 minutes) and long (more than 30 minutes) activities, tips and other recommendations for facilitating meaningful discussions and engagement. View the toolkit and appendix

Facilitated Discussions

Professional facilitators will be available for a fee to help units implement their strategic plans or hold department- level conversations around diversity, equity and inclusion. You can submit a request for a facilitator to help your department or team.

Videos and Discussion Guides

  • 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”
    • You can watch these videos on your own or with your team using the accompanying conversation cards
  • The Creating Inclusive Communities Project from the College and University Professional Association for Human Resources (CUPA-HR) offers a series of short videos featuring personal stories as well as discussion guides that can be used by teams and departments in meetings and small group settings. 
  • U-M has also developed a series of videos related to its diversity, equity and inclusion initiative that can be used by teams and departments to promote discussion, awareness and understanding. 
  • Heritage Month video series: This series of videos, created by diversity trainer Dr. Steve Robbins, celebrates occurrences such as Black History Month (February), Women's History Month (March), LGBTQ+ Pride Month (June). Past month's videos will also remain available. They can be watched individually or in groups to promote dialogue and understanding of others. U-M faculty and staff members can sign up to receive notification of new videos available each month by email.
    • Heritage Month Video Schedule:
      • February: Black History Month
      • March: Women's History Month
      • April: Diversity Education Month (additional resources for Arab American Heritage Month)
      • May: Asian American & Pacific Islander Heritage Month
      • June: LGBTQ+ Pride Month
      • September: Hispanic Heritage Month
      • October: National Disability Employment Awareness Month
      • November: Native American Heritage Month

Online Modules

An online module titled, "Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI): The Basics provides an introductory look at our initiative and helps clearly define what we mean by “diversity, equity and inclusion.” For group conversations or meetings, discussion guides for facilitators and participants are available for use.

This course is available as a module through MyLINC and takes less than 15 minutes to complete. It can be viewed individually or in small groups or huddles with time for discussion.

Other Resources at U-M

Most of the educational courses offered to faculty and staff are presented through several educational partners across U-M including UHR Learning & Professional Development, Michigan Medicine Office of Health Equity and Inclusion, Student Life, The Program on Intergroup Relations and the UHR Office for Institutional Equity. Many of these units provide additional resources to help faculty, staff and students.

In addition, groups such as Spectrum Center, the National Center for Institutional Diversity and the Council for Disability Concerns, to name a few, provide additional resources for to address specific needs or concerns. 

Browse a complete listing of diversity, equity and inclusion programs and resources at U-M.