As we pursue continuous improvement in the areas of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion, we define those terms at the University of Michigan-Flint as follows:
Diversity: A range of ideas, opinions, perspectives, experiences, and decision-makers across race and ethnicity, gender and gender identity, sexual orientation, socioeconomic status, language, culture, national origin, religious commitments, age, (dis)ability status, political perspective, and other variables related to life experience.
Equity: Equal outcomes through just and fair practices, policies, and procedures, particularly for the historically underserved. Disruption and dismantling of any identified institutional barrier or situation that unfairly or unjustly impacts a specific population based on their identity.
Inclusion: Equal opportunities and resources for all individuals. Deliberate efforts to ensure that differences are welcomed and valued, differing perspectives are respectfully and empathically heard, and every individual feels a sense of belonging, community, and agency.
The Office of Diversity, Equity & Inclusion brings together students, faculty, staff, and administrators from across the university to broaden access and inclusivity. Students can get involved through organizations and centers such as:
• Center for Gender and Sexuality
• Center for Global Engagement
• Intercultural Center
• Student Veterans Resource Center
• Urban Institute for Racial, Economic, and Environmental Justice