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Diversity, Equity & Inclusion

Core Values

The collective values of Michigan Chemistry include:

  • Treating others with dignity and respect, without discrimination.
  • Welcoming and valuing every person’s opinion and contribution.
  • Providing every member of our community the opportunity to thrive.
  • Listening, learning, assessing, and continually working to improve our community. 

Building an environment that reflects these values requires a concerted effort from all parties involved, including departmental leadership, faculty, staff, postdocs, and students at every level. Together we make up a team that will advance our common goals. We will ensure a safe, inclusive, and welcoming environment for our community members. 

Our department brings a passion for excellence in chemical research and in training the next generation of scholars and scientists. We support and deeply value the many paths that each of our community members has taken in coming to the University of Michigan, just as we value the many paths that our community members will take in the next stages of their lives and careers. We strive to provide exceptional teaching, training, and a world-class research experience conducted with the highest levels of scientific integrity and laboratory safety. We commit to providing training and mentoring in an inclusive and supportive environment in which community members at all levels are given the best possible opportunity to excel. 

Our department will advance the broader University of Michigan mission, which includes serving the people of our state through our outreach, community engagement, teaching, mentoring, and innovative contributions to science in a broad array of chemistry disciplines. Through these activities, we will develop leaders and citizens who will challenge the present and enrich the future. Our commitment to student success and to the careers of our staff and faculty is inclusive of community members of every race, ethnicity, gender, sexuality, nationality, religion, or socioeconomic status, and includes those with disabilities or mental health conditions. We welcome those who embrace our core values to join us, collaborate with us, or engage in the many exciting initiatives offered by Michigan Chemistry.

Code of Conduct

A Code of Conduct statement has been adopted by the department that further describes the expectations in conduct, reporting mechanisms, and sanctions.


Students, faculty and staff in our Department are engaged in an array of activities that advance the DEI mission in our department and through our community outreach efforts. Key initiatives, including university- and national-level activities, are listed below. Comprehensive listings of student resources and organizations are available from the Department and from LSA.

MCORE [Chemistry grad program preview visit]

NextProf Science [future faculty workshop]

Diversify Chemistry [database of chemists ]

D-RISE  [summer program partnership with Detroit high school]

Females Excelling More in Math, Engineering and the Sciences [FEMMES]

commUNITY [awareness and support]

NOBCChE   National Organization for the Professional Advancement of Black Chemists & Chemical Engineers. [local chapter]

UM Chemistry YouTube Channel [events and experiences]

SACNAS  Society for the Advancementof Chicanos/Hispanics and Native Americans in Science, [local chapter]

My Fave queer chemist [podcasts]

Stem In Color [professional development]

UM ADVANCE [faculty training and mentoring]

STRIDE  Strategies & Tactics for Recruiting to Improve Diversity & Excellence  [faculty recruiting within ADVANCE]

Center for Educational Outreach [educational outreach]

Wolverine Express [K-12 trips within the Center for Educational Outreach]

Comprehensive Studies Program [undergraduate student support]