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Diversity, Equity & Inclusion

The Stamps School of Art & Design centers the fact that academic and artistic excellence is inseparable from a pervasive and embodied institutional commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion.

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The School is com­mit­ted to fur­ther­ing the University’s mis­sion of ensur­ing that each mem­ber of our com­mu­nity has an equal oppor­tu­nity to thrive and to take full advan­tage of the resources afforded by the Uni­ver­sity of Michi­gan. You are wel­come here.

Learn more about Diver­sity, Equity, and Inclu­sion at the Uni­ver­sity of Michi­gan.
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Strate­gic plan 

Action is at the heart of our com­mit­ment to diver­sity, equity, and inclu­sion. We will not be judged on what we say, but by what we do. 

In 2015, a Diver­sity, Equity, and Inclu­sion (DEI) Plan­ning Com­mit­tee was formed at the Stamps School to com­pile data, doc­u­ment needs, and cre­ate a strate­gic plan for DEI

Our annual plans out­line mea­sur­able actions and account­abil­ity for:

  • Fac­ulty, staff, and stu­dent recruit­ment efforts that sup­port a diverse school community
  • Reten­tion of stu­dents, fac­ulty, lec­tur­ers, and staff through the pro­mo­tion of an equi­table and inclu­sive community
  • Con­tin­ual research, cli­mate assess­ments, and account­abil­ity for DEI plan implementation

The plan to achieve these goals includes:

  • Town­hall meetings
  • Men­tor­ship opportunities
  • Fac­ulty grants for new and revised courses tar­get­ing DEI con­tent and pedagogy
  • Work­shops to build inclu­sive teach­ing and cross-cul­tural competencies
  • Travel grants for high need prospec­tive stu­dent cam­pus visits
  • Stu­dent orga­ni­za­tion sup­port around diver­sity, equity, and inclu­sion efforts
  • Stu­dent finan­cial emer­gency funding
  • Exhi­bi­tion programming
  • Improved acces­si­bil­ity

Sup­port from the Uni­ver­sity of Michi­gan includes:

  • Fund­ing for fresh­en­ing cross-cul­tural train­ing curriculum
  • New course devel­op­ment to sup­port DEI goals
  • Fund­ing for town-hall gath­er­ings and events around DEI goals
  • Pro­fes­sional devel­op­ment and train­ing funds for fac­ulty and staff, includ­ing inclu­sive teach­ing workshops

Stamps School DEI Plans

Report a concern

  • Report a Cam­pus Cli­mate Con­cern: A cam­pus cli­mate con­cern can include actions that dis­crim­i­nate, stereo­type, exclude, harass, or harm 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). Con­cerns may stem from fear, mis­un­der­stand­ing, hatred, or stereo­types. Behav­iors may be inten­tional or unintentional.
  • Report reg­u­la­tory or com­pli­ance issues: In the Uni­ver­sity set­ting, com­pli­ance is not pri­mar­ily about polic­ing people’s behav­ior; it is about under­stand­ing which laws apply to U‑M’s activ­i­ties and ensur­ing adher­ence to them. The num­ber and scope of laws that apply to the Uni­ver­si­ty’s activ­i­ties is exten­sive – which makes under­stand­ing them (and com­ply­ing with them) a chal­leng­ing endeavor. Read more about com­pli­ance require­ments at U‑M.
  • Report Dis­crim­i­na­tion, Dis­crim­i­na­tory Harass­ment, and Sex­ual Mis­con­duct: Sex­ual mis­con­duct can take a vari­ety of forms, includ­ing sex­ual and gen­der-based harass­ment, sex­ual assault, inti­mate part­ner vio­lence, stalk­ing, and retal­i­a­tion against those who raise con­cerns about sex­ual mis­con­duct. Behav­ior that cre­ates a hos­tile envi­ron­ment or is per­ceived to impact a person’s employ­ment, aca­d­e­mic stand­ing, or par­tic­i­pa­tion in uni­ver­sity pro­grams could be con­sid­ered sex­ual misconduct.


This list of cam­pus resources is offered as a start­ing place as we work together to advance jus­tice, equity, and diver­sity in our com­mu­nity and in our world. 

Some­thing miss­ing? Please email the Stamps Com­mu­ni­ca­tions Team at stamps-​com@​umich.​edu to let us know.

DEI Lead­ers at Stamps

Stu­dent Resources at U‑M

Stu­dents of Color


Inter­na­tional Students 

Vet­eran and Military 

Dis­abil­i­ties Community

First Gen­er­a­tion Students

Gen­eral Resources

Fac­ulty and Staff Resources


Read about our community’s Diver­sity, Equity, and Inclu­sion val­ues in action in these recent articles.