Accessible & Inclusive Events Resource Guide
Sometimes inclusion means more than a welcoming smile. There are often practical issues involved to make sure that as many meeting attendees as possible can participate comfortably. This can include ensuring that people who have food allergies or religious requirements will find things they can eat, that Deaf and hard of hearing individuals will be able to enjoy videos, that nursing mothers know where to find lactation rooms, that signage will be widely understandable, and that anyone can find help when they need it.
To get started, see this Accessible & Inclusive Events Resource Guide from the Office for Institutional Equity, and this Accessibility - Design Resources from the U-M Vice President for Communications.
Campus Climate Support
The Campus Climate Support is part of the Division of Student Life. They are a group of professional staff focused on the response and management of bias incidents involving U-M students. Campus Climate Support is committed to providing support for students who have been targets of or impacted by a bias incident. They work to ensure that appropriate university resources and expertise are consulted and utilized as incidents impacting students and the community occur.
WHAT IS A BIAS INCIDENT?
A bias incident is conduct that discriminates, stereotypes, excludes, harasses or harms anyone in our community based on their identity (such as race, color, ethnicity, national origin, sex, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, disability, age or religion).
If you witness or experience such conduct please report it.
Center for the Education of Women Plus (CEW+)
CEW+ addresses the challenges and issues uniquely faced by women, especially women of color, focusing on educational and financial supports, career advancement, salary negotiation, and creating communities that extend beyond U-M. The Center also serves as a convening organization for units across U-M that serve nontraditional students and will become the home of emerging programs designed to support underserved populations.
CEW changed their name to CEW+ to acknowledge the fact that their programs are increasingly utilized by underrepresented minorities, LGBTQ+ constituents, and various other marginalized populations that intersect with all genders.
Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS)
CAPS is committed to creating an environment based on our values of multicultural, multi-disciplinary and multi-theoretical practices that allow our diverse student body to access care, receive high quality services and take positive pathways to mental health. They also strive to find creative ways of reaching out to students and the UM community to nurture and develop a proactive, renewed sense of engagement throughout the campus.
Dean of Students
The Dean of Students Office promotes student development and enhances students’ Michigan experience through programs, services, partnerships/connections, and policy development that promotes an inclusive campus climate and facilitates the successful navigation of campus life.
The Dean of Students can help with student support and critical incident response by addressing crisis/emergency situations, off-campus housing concerns, academic difficulties, financial hardship, concern for the wellbeing of others, physical illness/injury, food insecurity & basic needs, campus climate concerns, and navigating pregnancy or parenting as a Student.
First-Generation College Students@Michigan
In the fall of 2007, a small team of undergraduates created a student organization called First-Generation College Students@Michigan. A major goal was to offer students advice on a variety of resources/campus opportunities and provide outreach to current and future First-Generation students. At that time it was one of the first student-led organizations of its type in the nation. One decade later, FGCS@Michigan is not only sponsored by the Department of Sociology and the Office of Academic Multicultural Initiatives, it supports bi-annual campus-wide dinners, a full-fledged graduation ceremony, and programming events throughout the year. This website only sheds a glimpse on the work and success of first-generation students on campus.
Maize and Blue Cupboard
College students are experiencing food insecurity at alarming rates. The Maize and Blue Cupboard is here to provide an immediate and comprehensive response for the U-M community. By offering food resources, educational opportunities, compassionate support and more, they help students develop the skills to make informed decisions.
The Maize and Blue Cupboard’s mission is to ensure members of the University of Michigan community, whether on a tight budget or physically restrained from getting to a grocery store, receive equitable access to healthy, nutritious, and nourishing food and the ability to prepare it for themselves or others.
LSA Academic and Undergraduate Education Departments
Some departments offer programs and speakers related to identity and opportunity. Specifically, American Culture and DAAS serve as homes to various ethnic studies programs while various area studies centers in the International Institute also engage with diverse identities.
Many academic departments have their own DEI websites. We encourage you to contact your department to learn about their DEI initiatives.
The Comprehensive Studies Program, established in 1983, is a comprehensive program of academic, social and personal support for students with outstanding potential for success at the University of Michigan. CSP is a Michigan Learning Community that is an academic unit within the College of Literature, Science and the Arts and which offers a variety of academic support services, including the Summer Bridge Program, academic year course instruction, advising, tutoring, and freshmen interest groups. CSP works closely with a wide variety of academic departments, offices and programs throughout the university, including offices in the various schools and colleges, the Undergraduate Admissions Office, the Office of Financial Aid, and the Division of Student Affairs.
The Comprehensive Studies Program is a community of scholars--students, faculty, advisors and staff--organized around the principles of diversity, access, equity and inclusion. Together they promote academic excellence and champion personal growth and wellness for all students within the community and the University of Michigan at large.
The English Language Institute (ELI) was established in 1941 as the first university-based Intensive English Program in the United States and the first language research and teaching program of its kind. Today, the ELI provides language, academic, and intercultural instruction for international graduate students and scholars; language and pedagogy courses for international Graduate Student Instructors; and ESL/EFL teacher preparation courses for undergraduates.
ELI's volunteer Conversation Circles program was started more than thirty years ago to promote intercultural exchange and to provide international students and scholars at U-M with opportunities to practice English in an informal, casual setting.
What’s a Michigan Learning Community?
MLCs are self-selected groups of students and faculty, often from diverse backgrounds, drawn together by shared goals and common intellectual interests. Those interests can range from community service to cutting-edge research and from mathematics to communication arts.
The Best of Both Worlds
Michigan Learning Communities (MLC) combine the personal attention of a small college environment with the unparalleled resources of a large research university. Be a part of a friendly, supportive, and intellectually stimulating community while you take advantage of everything the larger Michigan campus has to offer. Most MLCs are primarily for first year students, though the Global Scholars Program is especially for sophomores and above while the others welcome transfers or upper division students as peer leaders.
At the LSA Opportunity Hub, they don’t believe it’s as simple as “finding your passion.”
You develop your interests. You uncover your values. You try on different experiences and see how they fit with who you are and what you want from life.
The Hub team works as partners with students on one of the most important projects of their lives: forming a professional identity.
They do this through coaching, interactive classes, alumni-hosted internships, internship scholarships, and opportunities to build important relationships with alumni and employers. Through all of these they foster reflection and meaning making, so that students are empowered with the self-knowledge to take their next step forward.
LSA alumni are our colleagues in this effort. As former students, they have deep enthusiasm and understanding for working with undergrads, providing vital wisdom, time, and funding support.
Here are some of the ways they fulfill our mission to work with students to connect their liberal arts education to their goals and aspirations.
The Program on Intergroup Relations (IGR) is a social justice education program. IGR blends theory and experiential learning to facilitate students' learning about social group identity, social inequality, and intergroup relations. The program prepares students to live and work in a diverse world and educates them in making choices that advance equity, justice, and peace. IGR was founded in 1988 and was the first program of its kind. IGR is a partnership between Student Life and the College of Literature, Science, and the Arts.
Established in 1988-1989, the Undergraduate Research Opportunity Program (UROP) creates research partnerships between undergraduate students and University of Michigan (U-M) researchers and local community partners and organizations. Our students engage in research and creative projects with research mentors representing all 19 colleges/schools/units at U-M. UROP focuses on the skills, perspectives, and resources that diverse students bring to higher education by encouraging them toward a life-long appreciation for discovery, building understanding across differences, and critically examining information in the world around them.
Office of Financial Aid
To ensure that accomplished students from a wide range of backgrounds and experiences are able to attend the University.
To provide – in a fair, confidential, and responsible manner – financial resources, information, options and advice that remove financial barriers and allow students to focus on academic success.
To employ an innovative spirit and factual approach to improve our processes and offer premier service to students and the University community.
Office for Institutional Equity (OIE)
OIE serves as a vital resource and leader in promoting and furthering the university’s commitment to diversity and equal opportunity for all members of its community. They work with partners on campus to foster and support an environment that is inclusive, respectful, and free from discrimination and harassment.
Office of the Ombuds
The Office of the Ombuds at the University of Michigan is a place where all students are welcome to come and talk in confidence about any campus issue, concern, problem, or dispute. You may contact them anytime—as a first step, as a last resort, or anywhere along the way. They are here when you need them, so go and share your concerns. They will help you evaluate your situation and plan your next step—if you want to take one.
Police Department Oversight Committee
The Police Department Oversight Committee is an oversight committee for the University of Michigan Police Department. The Committee considers grievances by persons against police officers or the Police Department and may prepare and make recommendations concerning such grievances, including recommendations for disciplinary measures, to the Executive Director of the Division of Public Safety and Security.
The six-member committee is comprised of two student members, two faculty members (one Senate faculty and one non-Senate faculty), and two staff members (one union and one non-union), who are nominated and elected by their peers for two-year terms.
Services for Students with Disabilities (SSD)
The mission of SSD is to provide accommodations and access to students with disabilities. The University of Michigan officially recognized the Office of Disabled Student Services in February of 1974 five months after the passage of the Vocational Rehabilitation Act. In 1989, the office changed its name to Services for Students with Disabilities. Throughout its history, SSD has played a prominent role in advocating for students with disability issues at the state, national and international levels. They were one of the first to establish an adaptive technology computing lab and together with the Provost’s office a fund to support mandated accommodations. This fund is one of the first of its kind and has become a model used nationwide.
Sexual Misconduct Reporting & Resources
The University of Michigan is committed to preventing sexual misconduct and offering support to those who have been harmed. The Sexual Misconduct Reporting & Resources website provides tools and resources to help understand what constitutes sexual misconduct, the types of awareness and response training that are available, and details on the reporting process if you've experienced sexual misconduct.
The Spectrum Center is committed to enriching the campus experience and developing students as individuals and members of communities using sexual orientation and gender identity and expression as our framework. Our work is accomplished through a student-centered intersectional lens.
Student Emergency Funds
Students may experience an emergency situation or one-time, unusual, unforeseen expense while in school. The University offers several types of assistance for students in such special circumstances.
NOTE: Emergency funding may impact previously awarded aid, so it is important to coordinate with the Office of Financial Aid. Students are also encouraged to contact the student affairs office in their respective school or college.
Situations that warrant funding may include:
Medical, dental or mental health emergencies for the student
Major accidents and events such as fire and natural disasters
Expenses related to the death of an immediate family member
Several student organizations on campus are identity-centered and offer a community of support to those who take part. The Center for Campus Involvement is the central hub for our 1,600 student organizations here at the University of Michigan. From your first steps looking to get involved in a group through being President of an organization, they can help support all of your involvement needs. Please be sure to check out Maize Pages to see a complete site with all of their organizations, the manual for all of their policies and procedures, and all of their leadership opportunities.
Transfer Student Center
The LSA Transfer Student Center offers resources and staff just for transfer students. The center includes both a comprehensive website and a dedicated space in the newly renovated LSA Building. Our goal is to make your transfer experience as smooth as possible, so you can spend more time on academic pursuits and less time on administrative policies.
LSA’s unparalleled resources will be an unshakable foundation as you learn and grow here. LSA is dedicated to supporting transfer students through your transition and on to graduation. In addition to the opportunities available to all students, including those listed on the Beyond the Classroom and Student Resources websites, several resources are dedicated specifically to transfer students.