Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Strategic Plan

DEI Strategic Planning Toolkit

This online resource highlights information and insights from U-M’s DEI Strategic Planning and Implementation process.

The U-M Office of the Vice President for Government Relations (OVPGR) in conjunction with the broader university-wide community has remained committed to diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI). Since the inception of DEI 1.0, OVPGR has pursued the following goals and objectives (as identified by OVPGR staff after a year-long planning project, reviewed annually to ensure relevance and focus, since 2015) within the below 4 domain areas:

Inclusive & Equitable Climate

  • Accessibility
  • Accommodations
  • DEI Skills Training
  • Enhanced Communications & Feedback
  • Equity Review

Recruitment, Retention, & Success

  • DEI in Staff Annual Review Process (APE)
  • Fair/Unbiased Hiring
  • Onboarding and/or Orientation
  • Professional/Career Development

Innovative and Inclusive Education, Scholarship & Research

  • Community-Engaged Learning or Practice


  • ADA Compliance
  • Community-identified Priorities
  • External Partnerships
  • Outreach Activities
  • Underserved Group Focus

In order to meet these goals, OVPGR launched initiatives such as:

  • Adding a DEI professional development component to the staff annual review process;
  • Monthly DEI activities focused on areas identified by staff and opportunity for non-DEI leads to facilitate sessions as part of professional development;
  • Implementing professional development opportunities utilizing campus and non-campus expertise;
  • Ensuring virtual events/activities meet accessibility standards;

If you’re interested in learning more about these efforts and goals, please contact: Nell Dority, ndority@umich.edu

Please also follow this link to see the DEI focus of the Economic Growth Institute