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Core Skill: Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) is valuing multiple social identities and advocating for access and belonging for all persons. Diversity is about celebrating differences; equity is equal opportunity and access for all persons; and inclusion ensures differences are welcomed so that every individual feels a sense of belonging. DEI skills require cultural humility, challenging structural inequalities, and awareness of one’s own social identities.

Rackham Resources

Professional Development DEI Certificate

Rackham is committed to enhancing the development and training offerings related to diversity, equity, and inclusion for all graduate students and postdoctoral fellows and is now offering a Professional Development DEI Certificate. This program is designed to prepare graduate students to work in a diverse environment while fostering a climate of inclusivity.

Diversity Statement Evaluation Rubric

Colleges and universities often request diversity statements from applicants for faculty positions. Diversity statements are also being requested of faculty as part of tenure and promotion. Rackham created a rubric to support graduate students and faculty in composing and evaluating diversity statements. The rubric was designed in collaboration with the National Center for Institutional Diversity and the Center for Research on Learning and Teaching.

Through diversity, equity and inclusion I can embrace and value the identity of others without losing the understanding that my identity is just as important. My active engagement in diversity, equity and inclusion gives me the unique opportunity to passionately participate in the thoughts, ideas and processes of others. It also challenges me to examine concepts that I can either add to and/or subtract from my own beliefs and values so that I become a better person and member of society.
Krystal Harrison

Ph.D. Student, Molecular, Cellular, and Developmental Biology

Campus Resources

Program on Intergroup Relations (IGR)

Social-justice education program that blends theory and experiential learning.

National Center for Institutional Diversity (NCID)

Produces, catalyzes, and elevates diversity research and scholarship.


Provides resources to help women and underserved individuals at U-M reach their potential.

Spectrum Center

Envisions an inclusive campus, with sexual orientation, gender identity, and gender expression as its framework.

National Center for Faculty Development and Diversity (NCFDD)

Online resource for mentoring, tools, and support to be successful in academe.

Multi-Ethnic Student Affairs (MESA)

Uses the lens of race and ethnicity to build inclusive spaces and equitable opportunities for all.

Trotter Multicultural Center

Works to enhance multicultural awareness and provides a place for meetings and cultural events.

Upcoming Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Events

Contact Professional Development and Engagement

1530 Rackham Building
915 E. Washington St.
Ann Arbor, MI 48109-1070
Phone: (734) 647-4013
Fax: (734) 936-2848


Professional and Academic Development is open Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

The office is closed Saturdays and Sundays and on the following holidays: Thanksgiving (Thursday and the following Friday), Christmas through New Year's, Memorial Day, Independence Day (July 4), and Labor Day.