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Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

As the largest college in the University, LSA celebrates its role in Michigan’s deeply rooted commitment to diversity.

LSA's Commitment to Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

We at the College take pride in the fact that LSA welcomed the first woman, the first Asian student, and the first African American woman to U-M in the 1870s. Our dedication to the values and benefits of a diverse student body has only strengthened since then.

Diversity brings an array of perspectives to complex problems. It exposes us to beliefs and ways of thinking we would otherwise never encounter. It provides insight into events taking place around the world, and it prompts us to continually reassess our views and opinions. Quite simply, diversity is essential for one of the world’s leading universities to produce ideas and graduates that will make an impact in today’s increasingly connected global community. At LSA, we seek not only to reflect society, but also to serve as a model of how bringing people from a range of backgrounds together to do important work can make a vital difference.

Below you will find information and resources on LSA initiatives in conjunction with the university-wide Strategic Plan for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion. We are engaging all departments and programs through regular meetings with chairs and directors, and we encourage students, faculty, and staff to relay comments or feedback so that we can continue to shape this plan—and our College—together.

Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Planning Contacts

For students: Angela Dillard, Associate Dean for Undergraduate Education
For faculty: Elizabeth Cole, Associate Dean for Social Sciences
For staff: Latisha Cunningham, Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Culture Officer
To submit general feedback:

Statements of Solidarity Condemning Racism

Last week, two groups of LSA faculty formed to compose two different but related statements. The first was meant to mobilize faculty expertise to contextualize the white supremacist flyers found on campus on Monday, September 26.  They sought to model what informed speech looks like and to use knowledge to combat bigotry.

The second statement was penned in solidarity with our students, especially African American students, who have felt threatened by those flyers and marginalized on this campus.

Both statements went live at approximately noon on Friday, September 30.  Both were defaced a little after 6:00pm on Sunday, October 2.  The first statement had been endorsed by 335 members of the U-M faculty and staff. The second statement had been signed by 384. Printed below are links to the texts of the statements, along with the signatures collected before they were vandalized. We offer them here as a historical artifact.

These statements, which have continued to gain signatures after they were restored, can be found using the links below. New signatures will be appended to the originals. If you are a member of the U-M faculty or staff, we invite you to consider signing in solidarity with our students because facts matter and knowledge is stronger than hate.