The Michigan Daily has reported on modest increases in faculty representation of underrepresented minorities (URM), including women of all backgrounds. However, NCID director Tabbye Chavous encourages us to continue to seek positive growth of these trends.
"While the DEI mentions plans in place at the University and new initiatives to increase faculty diversity, Chavous said concrete action and visible results are different than simply listing resources."
"With talk of increasing the denominator on diverse faculty and getting them on the tenure-track, Chavous said tokenization can often occur and drive away candidates. Advance reported 18 percent of men of color within STEM faculty experienced some form of racial discrimination in 2012. If candidates feel as though they are only being considered for their gender or the color of their skin, she said, the University’s tenured faculty will never mirror the global academic community."