Community Assembly on diversity generates suggestions, challenges

More than two dozen faculty, staff and students shared comments and ideas for making the University of Michigan more diverse, equitable and inclusive at a Community Assembly with President Mark Schlissel on Tuesday, November 10.

The comments—both supportive and critical—will provide insight as U-M continues a yearlong effort to create a comprehensive, university-wide plan to address diversity issues.

Clarence Page emcees the Community Assembly at the 2015 U-M Diversity Summit.

Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Clarence Page, who emceed the discussion, said such an event is rare, as diversity is more typically discussed among friends and family, rather than in public.

"What makes race such a vexing topic is that all of our experiences are so different," Page said.

Getting the university community talking about those differences was the main purpose of this key event in U-M's Diversity Summit, which runs through Friday.

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Reposted from The University Record, November 11, 2015, by Kevin Brown and James Iseler. Photos by Scott C. Soderberg, Michigan Photography.

UMSI Staff Join Diversity Storytelling Session

Laura Elgas and Mike Williams, 5th & 6th from left, at the "Connecting through Story" event on November 12.

UMSI staff members Laura Elgas, Director of Admissions and Student Affairs, and Mike Williams, Career Development Associate, were among the 300 U-M staff participating in a session titled "Connecting Through Story: How Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Impact the Workplace" on Thursday, November 12.  The Diversity Summit event was presented by the Voices of the Staff diversity, equity and inclusion team in the Michigan League Ballroom. Read more.

Posted on November 16, 2015