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Strategic Plan Summary

Preface: A Note on the LSA DEI Plan

The College of Literature, Science and the Arts is pleased to participate in the campus wide diversity, equity, and inclusion planning process. Hundreds of faculty, students, and staff have already contributed to the LSA plan and we encourage further engagement across the College community.

Our feedback email—LSA-DEI-Feedback@umich.edu—was sent, along with the full draft of our plan, to more than 20,000 members of the LSA community in August. It remains open to those who have yet to send us their ideas, comments, criticisms and editorial suggestions.

We have already begun implementing many of the elements of this plan, several of which have already been completed. Those already underway include:

  • Calling for applications to the first cohort of the LSA Collegiate Postdoctoral Fellowship Program, which aims to recruit a total of 50 fellows and convert these positions to tenure track lines upon successful completion of the two-year fellowship.

  • Implementing recommendations from the Race & Ethnicity Degree Requirement Review (2015-2016), and the creation of a Student Advisory Committee on R&E, currently underway.

  • Collaborating with the Center for Research Learning & Teaching to hire an Instructional Consultant with a focus on Race & Ethnicity courses.

  • Continuing the Laptop Loan Program to close the “digital divide” by providing laptops to more than 200 students per year, which is in the second of a four year pilot.

  • Initiating Transfer Student Initiatives and creating a variety of faculty, staff and student “task force” groups under the leadership of the LSA Transfer Student Manager and the LSA Dean’s Office.

  • Extending the multiyear process of “Reinventing” the Comprehensive Studies Program to make it the best in the nation for supporting students of color, students from lower socioeconomic backgrounds, First Generation students, students from rural high schools and others with unequal access to resources.

  • Collaborating among LSA, REBUILD and CRTL on the “foundational courses” initiatives to improve the quality of inclusive undergraduate teaching in first and second year courses in STEM and beyond.

  • Renewing LSA’s commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion in hiring, training, retaining and promoting staff members across LSA under the leadership of the LSA Staff Diversity Officer

  • Engaging staff by conducting a Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Administrative Forum Survey.

  • Leading ongoing efforts by the Undergraduate Education Climate Committee to work with faculty, staff and students to create a better, healthier campus climate.

  • Setting an expectation for LSA Graduate Admissions Chairs to attend Rackham’s Admissions Workshop for Excellence and Diversity.

As we gather more feedback from the LSA community and learn from our experiences as we implement it, the plan will continue to evolve. We will update the formal plan regularly and post all changes on the LSA DEI website. We look forward to your continued participation in this process.