Michigan Athletics

Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Strategic Plan for Athletics

Michigan Athletics is among the 49 University of Michigan schools, colleges and units that, using input from their local communities, drafted diversity, equity and inclusion strategic plans, and the university created an overarching umbrella plan. The university plan and the 49 unit plans were designed to be implemented over a five-year period but will go through a continuous process of review and refinement, and each plan will be revised on an annual basis.

Athletics Overview

Michigan Athletics strives to be a national leader in providing equal opportunities to all segments of our unit. We are committed to promoting diversity because we believe in the benefits of having a variety of backgrounds, thoughts, and life experiences. We believe it puts us in the most competitive state in order to be relevant in the world today. Additionally, with the perceived gaps in equity that are present, we believe that we gain emotional support by being leaders in social justice.

As President Schlissel said in his September 9, 2015 remarks, "We cannot be excellent without being diverse." Our academic community must support the potential and success of all its members and the Michigan Athletic Department plans to do just that. We are committed to making sure our student-athletes and staff members feel included, represented, and have a level of comfort regardless of background, upbringing, and worldview.

University Goals: Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

Diversity: We commit to increasing diversity, which is expressed in myriad forms, including race and ethnicity, gender and gender identity, sexual orientation, socio-economic status, language, culture, national origin, religious commitments, age, (dis)ability status, and political perspective.

Equity: We commit to working actively to challenge and respond to bias, harassment, and discrimination. We are committed to a policy of equal opportunity for all persons and do not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, age, marital status, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, disability, religion, height, weight, or veteran status.

Inclusion: We commit to pursuing deliberate efforts to ensure that our campus is a place where differences are welcomed, different perspectives are respectfully heard and where every individual feels a sense of belonging and inclusion. We know that by building a critical mass of diverse groups on campus and creating a vibrant climate of inclusiveness, we can more effectively leverage the resources of diversity to advance our collective capabilities.

Athletics Strategic Plan

The full University of Michigan Athletic Department Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Strategic Plan, including five-year strategic objectives, measures and FY17 actions, is available in PDF format by visiting the below link.

Athletics Implementation Lead

Ruquel Atchison, ruquelm@umich.edu


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